New York: Harper & Brothers, 1845. unbound. Map. Wax engraving (cerograph) with hand coloring. Image measures 13.75" x 11"
This appealing map of Georgia by Sidney Morse and Samuel Breese depicts the state divided into counties and townships. Beautifully hand colored, it notes towns, roads, mountains, rivers, lakes, railroads, canals and other topography. The Okefenokee Swamp is beautifully rendered.
This map was featured in Morse's North American Atlas, which, when originally published in 1842, was the first atlas of the United States to feature the technique of cerography, or wax engraving, which Morse pioneered. It is from the 1845 edition of the Atlas, which was a reissue with some minor changes and the introduction of color. The map is in good condition, with several stains though out and some edge wear, including some chipping along the margins, not affecting the image. Minor toning.
Sidney Edwards Morse (1794-1871) was an American geographer, journalist, and inventor. He shared his innovative spirit with his brother, Samuel F.B. Morse, and his father Jedidiah Morse, who published the first geography book in the United States in 1784. Morse pioneered the printing process of wax engraving, otherwise known as cerography. This map is a fine example of Morse's innovative cerographic technique.