Cape Poge and adjacent Shoals.
1842 (dated) 4.5 x 7.5 in (11.43 x 19.05 cm)
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This is a scarce and beautiful 1842 nautical chart or maritime map of Cape Poge, Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts. It covers the region including parts of Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard Island, Chappaquidick Island and Muskeget Island. The towns of Falmouth and Edgartown are identified. It depicts most of the Island of Martha's Vineyard, though it does cut out the western part of the Island. Woods Hole, Holmes Hole, Robinson's Hole Tarpaulin Cove and Cedar tree Neck are all identified. Various shoals are noted, along with some depth soundings and relief shown by hachure. The Holmes Hole Lighthouse, West Chop, and the Cape Poge Lighthouse, made famous in the movie 'Jaws' are both identified. This map was engraved by Hooker Sc. for issue in the 14th edition of the American Coast Pilot published by Edmund and George W. Blunt in 1842.
Published by E. & G.W. Blunt 179 Water Street, New York. Edmund March Blunt was a bookseller and in Newburyport Massachusetts who sold his merchandise at a bookshop called "The Sign of the Bible". In 1796, along with the nominal assistance of prominent navigator Captain Lawrence Furlong, Blunt published The American Coast Pilot, one of the most important published works on American navigation. Though much of the work was plagiarized from British publications, the "Pilot" was an immediate popular success. In response to the popularity of his work, Blunt published 21 subsequent editions of the "Coast Pilot". The first edition to contain map plates was printed in 1804. After a terrible fire at "The Sign of the Bible" in 1811, Blunt moved his business to New York and published under the "Sign of the Quadrant". In time his son, Edmond Jr. took over the family business and, in 1830, accepted a position under Hassler at the United States Office of the Coast Survey. Much of Blunt's original work eventually found its way into U.S. Coast Survey Publications. Due to the quality and detail of Blunt's work subsequent editions of his most important charts were republished will into the 1880s.
Blunt, E., American Coast Pilot (14th edition), 1842.
Very good. Some foxing at places.