Virginia Issued Philadelphia, 1795 by Bailey for Scott. Scarce 18th century miniature state map. One of a small handful of state maps produced within the United States prior to 1800. Appeared within the first edition of the first gazetteer of the U. S., issued interestingly enough in a small pocket sized edition, making it particularly subject to loss. If this were almost any 1795 American coin with an issue number twice this map, it would still be far more valuable, likely by multiples. Longitude given with Philadelphia as prime meridian as opposed to Greenwich, England, a feature unique to this early era of American cartographic production. Map displays offsetting as often seen due to the original folding format. Small scattered age-spotting, small old stain right side through latitude graticule, but overall an entirely acceptable example of a key seminal state map. Among the incunabula of the mapping of Virginia, a foundational early state map. Original fold line (s) as issued. Sheet measures c. 8" x 6 1/2" Printed area measures c. 7 1/4" x 6". Wooldridge, Mapping Virginia Age of Exploration to Civil War, 173 (noting at least 7 variant presentations of this map by different makers in this era). Tooley, Dictionary of Mapmakers, vol. IV, pg. 137. Wheat and Brun, Maps Published in America Before 1800, #569 Howes, U. S.-iana, S237 Ristow, American Maps and Mapmakers, p. 154. [R12968]
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