Original Map - "Portland Harbour for Blunt's Coast Pilot"

By: Hooker, William

Price: $50.00

Quantity: 1 available

Book Condition: Collectible-Very Good


Original publisher's black and white engraved nautical chart showing Portland Harbor in Portland, Maine. No date, circa 1850s. Chart with margins measures 6" x 9 1/4"; actual chart area measures 4 1/4" x 8." There is dampstaining on chart; most of it is faint but gets slightly darker near the left edge. Chart is otherwise very clean and intact. "E. & G.W. Blunt, 179 Water Street, New York." printed beneath the chart. "Drawn & Engraved by W. Hooker." printed in lower-right corner. Chart includes numbers showing water depths (soundings), a compass rose with magnetic variation, and other navigational aids. The chart also shows geographical features such as rocks, reefs, Cape Elizabeth, Portland Point, Peaks Island, Long Island, Bangs Island, and Hog Island. Edmund Blunt (1770-1862) was a publisher of nautical charts and books and printed the first edition of the American Coast Pilot in 1796. Around 1827, Blunt retired and his sons took over the company and continued his work as a publisher of high-quality sea charts. The Blunts were also known for their collaboration with the U.S. Coast Survey which allowed their charts to be up-to-date.