Philadelphia: M. Carey, 1795. Map. Engraving with original hand coloring. Image measures 10.5 x 8.5". Sheet measures 16.5 x 10.75"
This map depicts the new state of Vermont shortly after its admission to the Union in 1791. The boundaries of Lake Champlain and the Connecticut River set the state off from the surrounding land, which is left undefined as to isolate and highlight its detail. Original and coloring pleasantly defines district and county lines, showing the extent of the state's settlement. Dartmouth College, founded in 1769, is also labeled. In the bottom left of the map, a charming title cartouche features local landscape features such as pine trees and waterfalls. The map was published in Carey's "Atlas" as part of Guthrie's "Geography Improved." Has toning, foxing, and some folds, but they do not detract from the map's overall pleasing quality. Amos Doolittle (1754-1832) was an American engraver and silversmith based in Connecticut. His engravings after the Battles of Lexington and Concord earned him such renown that many referred to him as "The Revere of Connecticut," calling on his services as both an artist and teacher. He established a shop in New Haven where he sold portraits, maps, and bookplates. Raised in a family of publishers and book sellers, Mathew Carey (1760--1839) became one of the most important figures of early American cartography. Carey was based in Philadelphia, where he owned a publishing firm and oversaw a cottage system of independent artists and craftsmen. His important "Atlas" was the first American-published atlas of the United States. Furthermore, the maps his firm produced represent some of the best quality and most informative depictions of the United States in the early period after it gained independence. This map is a wonderful example of Doolittle and Carey's fine work.