c 1857 VERMONT and NEW HAMPSHIRE - Morse & Gaston


“VERMONT & NEW HAMPSHIRE” New York: Charles W. Morse and Samuel N. Gaston, 1857.  Wax-engraved map, with original hand color from The Diamond Atlas. (Image: 6 1/4 x 5'') 

This map of Vermont & New Hampshire depicts the states with counties named and in contrasting colors.  Topographical features are shown and major cities, towns, county structure, waterways and railroads are identified. It is very detailed for its miniature size (30 miles per inch).

The wax-engraving method was developed by Sidney E. Morse (brother of Samuel F. B. Morse - inventor of the telegraph).  Wax engraving was “a major techno-logical breakthrough that greatly influenced American commercial map and atlas production in the U.S.” (Schwartz: Mapping of America, p. 265). This map is an early example of the process.

Presented in an archival 12x11'' mat

  • Inventory# M-13152