New Jersey Map, Thomas Gordon, 1828, Rare and Original!

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In John P. Snyder's excellent book "the Mapping of New Jersey", the author tells of the sorry state of New Jersey mapping in the early 19th century. Only a few road maps and maps of portions of the state existed. In 1822, the State Legislature fortuitously decided to lend $1,000 to Thomas Gordon, a surveyor as well as a court judge, to perform surveys and produce a high-quality map of the entire state. The result, quoting Snyder "was monumental" and was of wonderful quality. The map is at a scale of 3 miles/inch and depicts every township and improved road with considerable care. Many towns even have individual houses located on the map. Counties (only 13 at that time vs. 21 today) are portrayed in four colors. Errors in the map were as little as three-fourths of a mile in latitude and five-eighths of a mile in longitude.
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