COLONIAL MASSACHUSETTS SMALL (JOHN) Untitled map of the Kennebec River and it tributaries
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COLONIAL MASSACHUSETTS SMALL (JOHN) Untitled map of the Kennebec River and it tributaries
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COLONIAL MASSACHUSETTS
SMALL (JOHN) Untitled map of the Kennebec River and it tributaries, manuscript map on paper comprising 2 sheets with 2 small extensions at foot covering the islands and coast adjoining the mouth of the Kennebec River, executed in ink and principally grey and green wash, a large cartouche outlined in yellow but blank, sea with a compass rose additionally decorated in green, red and yellow, stain in the top right corner, one of the coastal extensions with minimal loss, 775 x 475mm. if joined, [New England, c.1762]

Footnotes

  • An important map derived from the survey notes of the Massachusetts surveyor, John Small, and with the contemporary inscription on verso "Kennebeck River by Capt. Small". Above Swan Island the map marks Fort Franckfort, Fort Western (the head of navigation and modern Augusta) and, Fort Halifax (modern Winslow) at the confluence with the Sebasticook River. According to the map the Kennebec at this point has either rapids or falls and a note is added "here begins Capt. Smalls Survey". The river is traced north and west showing falls, occasional huts, portages and 'Norridge Walk' until a point near modern Madison bearing the note "here Capt. Small was Killed". Small was the surveyor of a party sent out by John Howard of Fort Western, and led by his son and namesake. In a tragic accident Small was shot dead by John Howard.

Saleroom notices

  • Should read 3 sheets (complete, one large, 2 small - see image), not 4 as description suggests
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