A CHART OF THE COAST OF AMERICA FROM WOOD ISLAND TO GOOD HARBOUR FROM HOLLANDS SURVEYS.

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William Norman

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A Chart of the Coast of America from Wood Island to Good Harbour From Hollands Surveys.

Copper plate engraving, 1791 (c.1803)
Two joined sheets, 20 1/4 x 33 1/8" (513 x 841 mm) plus narrow margins.
Good condition save for some small paper losses along right and upper sheet edges. Some of these losses affect small portions of the neat line. Professionally conserved. Black and white.
LOCATION: New York City

Inventory Number: 60512
Price: $17,500.00
Publisher :
An important 18th century American imprint. This early sea chart depicts the coast of Maine from the Sacco River northward to Good Harbor (near Beals Island.) Mount Desert is prominantly shown. In 1791 John Norman of Boston first published "The American Pilot, containing the navigation of the sea coast of North America…." This "Pilot" is the second sea atlas published in America, the first being by William Clark, published in 1789-1790. (Norman also had a part in Clark's "Pilot," as he was the engraver for a majority of the charts). In 1794, William Norman appeared as the publisher of this Pilot, taking over from John. This chart was offered both as part of the "Pilot," as well as being sold separately. This and all of Norman's charts are extremely rare today. Very few examples of the Pilot are known to exist and many of those are incomplete. Maps