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1881 Thomas Sedgwick Steele Map of Maine

Map of the Headwaters of the Aroostook, Penobscot & St. John Rivers, Maine. - Main View

1881 Thomas Sedgwick Steele Map of Maine



Map of the Headwaters of the Aroostook, Penobscot & St. John Rivers, Maine.
  1881 (dated)     28.5 x 20 in (72.39 x 50.8 cm)


An attractive and important map of Maine published in 1881 for Thomas Sedgwick Steele's classic narrative of wilderness, Canoe and Camera. This is one of the first maps ever issued with the canoeist in mind. Covers Maine in full focusing on the various lake and rivers systems, specifically the Aroostook, Penobscot, and St. John, running throughout the state. Issued without color but features two attractive engravings, one of Steele's canoe at the top right and another of his camp at the bottom right. Both engravings are based on Steele's paintings.


Thomas Sedgwick Steele (June 11, 1845 - September 9, 1903) was an American outdoorsman, writer, photographer and artist active in the latter half of the 19th century. Steele was born in Hartford Connecticut on June 11, 1845. As a young man he partnered with his father and established himself as a jeweler. While enjoying mild success in this profession, Steele's real passions were writing, painting, drawing. Steele published his first books, "Canoe and Camera" and "Paddle and Portage" in the early 1880s. These, like all of Steele's works were lavishly illustrated with engravings derived from his own paintings. They were also issued with a map of some historical importance as it represented one of the first maps ever created specifically with canoeists in mind. Steele formally gave up the jewelry business in 1887 to pursue his artistic passions. He went on to join the Boston Art Club, study in Paris with Marcius Sidmonds, and travel throughout Europe and North Africa. As an artist Steele developed a realist style and most of his work focused wildlife (specifically fish) and still life images of fruit. He is also known to have dabbled in impressionism and luminism, but neither style inspired him. Though he married twice, Steele fathered no known children. He died in Swampscott, MA on September 9th, 1903. More by this mapmaker...


Steele, T. S., Canoe & Camera or Two Hundred Miles Through The Maine Forests, Illustrated.    


Very good condition. Light toning and minor wear along original fold lines. A couple of minor verso repairs. Else clean.