Scott Maine 1795


Joseph T. Scott. “Maine.” From United States Gazetteer. Philadelphia: J. Scott, 1795. First state. 7 1/2 x 6. Engraving by J. Scott. Very good condition. Wheat & Brun: 173.

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This is one of the earliest American maps of Maine, from the first American gazetteer. Joseph T. Scott, a Philadelphia engraver and publisher, issued his gazetteer during the early days of American cartography, and the maps of the individual states and territories are very good. Scott included much detail of rivers, counties, roads, and towns. This map of Maine is very interesting, with the early river system well delineated and islands named along the coast. Only a few settlements are noted in the southern part. As an early example of American cartography and an fascinating document of Maine history, this is a gem.