A MAP OF THE EXTREMITY OF CAPE COD INCLUDING THE TOWNSHIPS OF PROVINCETOWN, TRURO: WITH A CHART OF THEIR SEA COAST AND OF CAPE COD HARBOUR, STATE OF MASSACHUSETTS. EXECUTED UNDER THE DIRECTION OF MAJOR J.D. GRAHAM U.S. TOP. ENGR. DURING PORTIONS OF THE YEARS 1833, '34 & 35.

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James Duncan Graham

Artist's Biography

A Map of The Extremity of Cape Cod Including the Townships of Provincetown, Truro: with A Chart of Their Sea Coast and of Cape Cod Harbour, State of Massachusetts. Executed under the Direction of Major J.D. Graham U.S. Top. Engr. During portions of the years 1833, '34 & 35.

Engraving, 1836
Four joined sheets. Image size 56 3/4 x 69 1/2"
Fair to good condition. Joined and backed on linen likely at the time of issue. Some occasional stains, surface soiling and tattering along sheet edges. Overall not too bad for a wall map of the period.
LOCATION: New York City

Inventory Number: 85893
Price: $2,950.00
Publisher : Published by U.S. Army topographical engineers (Goverment)
A beautifully engraved large scale chart of Provincetown, Truro and surrounding waters.

This chart was drawn on a scale of six inches inches to the mile which gives it remarkable detail. Delineated are structures, roads, paths, ponds, sand dunes, local landmarks, etc. It gives soundings, notes sand bars, high and low water points and other interesting details.

This chart was the culmination of three year’s work by a number of U.S. Army topographical engineers under the direction of Major James Duncan Graham (1799-1865).

The 1833-35 survey of Cape Cod waters was Graham's first major assignment, and over the course of a long and distinguished career he was an important contributor to some of the most important surveys of the time. Though he was involved in hydrographic surveys of waters off Cape Cod, Cape Fear, Charleston, Pensacola and the Great Lakes.

"Graham's superiors must have recognized how conscientiously he recorded and collated his measurements, for he would spend most of his career assisting as an astronomer in the accurate geodetic determination of boundaries-demarcating the United States borders with Canada and Mexico, settling territorial disputes between Maine and New York, and giving a second opinion on the siting of the Mason-Dixon Line. He ended his career as superintending engineer in charge of the seawalls in Boston Harbor." (Garver, p. 87)

It was engraved by order of the House of Representatives to accompany Doc. 121, 25th Congress, 2nd Session. Engraved by W. J. Stone in Washington. William James Stone (1798-1865) was the first commercial print maker (both engraving and lithography) to set up shop in the District of Columbia. This chart is quite likely the largest that he produced. He is best remembered for producing a remarkable copy of the Declaration of Independence in 1823 and Emory’s map of Texas.
Maps , Town Views