Spotting to map. Housed in modern cloth chemise, within a morocco-backed cloth slipcase.
In three key ways, this edition is a great improvement over Osgood Carleton's 1798 original, which was rejected for official sanction by the government of the Commonwealth. The coastline and coastal islands have been more correctly rendered, roads and streams that had been left incomplete in the earlier map were extended and some of the clutter of the 1798 map, was removed, and the map is more attractive and informative, with a cleaner and crisper appearance.
The map is drawn on a scale of four miles to the inch, and gives a clear delineation of the boundaries and coastline of Massachusetts, and of the borders of each town in the state. The distance of each town from Boston and from their respective county seat is given, and major roads and streams are shown. Public and private institutions, including academies, meetinghouses, courthouses, etc., are located, as are topographical features such as mountains, ponds, rivers and streams.
This copy of the map retains the publisher's original paper label, which forcefully asserts that this 1801 version of the Carleton map of Massachusetts, approved by the General Court, is “the only accurate one ever published of this state.”
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