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(Map of Massachusetts) Jedidiah Morse. American Universal Geography. Boston, Thomas & Andrews, 1794. Framed. Sold

"A Map of Massachusetts from the Best Authorities by J. Denison 1794"

One of the great early maps of the Bay State published in 1794 by Jedidiah Morse in his work titled: The American Universal Geography, or, A view of the present state of all the empires, kingdoms, states, and republics in the known world, and of the United States of America in particular in two parts illustrated with maps of the countries. Morse (1761-1826) was a clergyman who was known as the "Father of American Geography." His geographical text books greatly influenced early American cartographers. This map after the work of J Denison, was engraved by Samuel Hill an important American engraver and describes towns, roads, topography and good watershed detail. The map highlights Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket Island. The "Proposed Canal" is located near Sandwich. Beneath the oval title cartouche and distance scale is the note "The surveys of the Eastern Counties, could not be obtained reasonably to complete this Map." This possibly explains why the counties of Bristol, Plymouth and Barnstable have very little detail.
Desirable 18th century map of the state.

Archivally framed with burled wood molding.
Copperplate engraving on laid paper.
8 1/4 x 10 3/4 inches sheet, approx. 12 x 14 1/2 inches framed size.
Clean and crisp impression, excellent condition.