1932 Luther S. Phillips Pictorial Map of Mount Desert Island

MountDesertIsland-phillips-1932
$400.00
A Map of Mount Desert Island.
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1932 Luther S. Phillips Pictorial Map of Mount Desert Island

MountDesertIsland-phillips-1932

Scarce map of Mount Desert Island by Maine's most notable maker of pictorial maps.
$400.00

Title


A Map of Mount Desert Island.
  1932 (dated)    19 x 24 in (48.26 x 60.96 cm)     1 : 88000

Description


This high decorative 1832 pictorial map of Mount Desert Island, and vicinity, was drawn and published by Luther S. Phillips. The map covers the main coast from Surry to Dyer Neck, including Mount Desert Island, Long Island, Bartlett Island, Gouldsboro, Winter harbor, Oak Point, and the Schoodic Peninsula. An inset map in the lower right detaisl the 1667 explorations of Samuel de Champlain. The map mimics 18th century cartographic conventions with elaborate cartouche work, sailing ships, a compass rose, and decorative border work. A description of Mount Desert Island is incorporated into the border art that surrounds the map. This map is uncommon and we have found only two examples listed in the OCLC.

Cartographer


Luther S. Phillips (fl. c. 1930 – 1950) was a Maine graphic designer and photographer who made pictorial maps and postcards. He is arguably the Maine's most significant pictorial cartographer. Much of his work focused on the Maine coast in the vicinity of Bar Harbor. Phillips was based in Northeast Harbor, Mount Desert Island, Maine. His company, 'Map of Maine' produced local pictorial maps for the tourist market. He would tour around Maine to promote and sell them, along with his scenic postcards. Later his brother Augustus D. Phillips, and nephew, Donald Phillips (1935 – 2009) joined the firm. Luther died in Togus, Maine.

Condition


Good. Some fading. Some minor verso reinforcments and reparis.