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Imagine you're in Hancock County; the year is 1881. With downeast Maine still in the age of sail, goods are shipped by coasting schooner; people get around in boats, by foot, horse and buggy, stagecoach, steamer, and scow ferry. Coastal towns are bustling with local industries—brickyards, shipyards, water-powered saw and grist mills, fishing, farming, lumbering. Quarries ship granite to markets near and far, and a mining boom is in full swing.

Everyone who loves exploring downeast Maine, maps, history, old deeds, and genealogy will enjoy using and perusing this remarkably detailed historic Atlas, a fascinating time capsule of Hancock County in the last glow of a 19th-century coastal economy. Compiled and published by George N. Colby, the original Atlas was drawn in Ellsworth based on actual surveys and then-new U.S. Coast Survey charts, and engraved and printed in Philadelphia; only 350 copies were printed, now a collector’s item. This new Coastwise Geographic Edition, a facsimile reprint, includes all the archival maps arranged in a more geographically consistent layout for today's users, with period photos, a preface for historic context, lively excerpts from an 1878 county survey complementing the town profiles, a bibliography of complementary sources, and an index of historic and current place names. In celebration of Maine's bicentennial, as a Maine mapmaker with deep roots in Hancock County, I am pleased to keep in print such an important documentation of our county's history and downeast cultural landscape.

Quality paperback with fabric binding, printed in black & white on cream paper with touches of color, 70 pages, 12"x 15 ¾". Maine Mapmaker/Waterbird Press, ISBN 978-1-7346402-0-5. Spring 2020. $42.00

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Compiled and published by George N. Colby, the original Atlas was drawn in Ellsworth based on actual surveys and then-new U.S. Coast Survey charts, and engraved and printed in Philadelphia;
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Jane Crosen, Mapmaker, 110 McCaslin Road, Penobscot, ME 04476    © 2020
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