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Thursday, April 27, 2006

Two Eastern Maine Atlases

Moon River Press in Whiting sells reproductions of two 19th-century Maine atlases. Just a few hundred copies of George N. Colby's 1881 atlases of Hancock and Washington Counties were originally printed, and copies are hard to come by. The new editions have been shrunk down to 11 by 12½-inches, but the quality is reportedly very high. Here's how Roxanne Moore Saucier described one of the atlases last year:
The Washington County atlas, truly a treasure, was reproduced exactly from the 1881 edition, using digital imaging on acid-free archival paper. It includes towns, plantations, villages, timber lots, schools and churches, bodies of water, historical notes of each town and plantation, and a roster of commercial and individual sponsors who helped fund the 1881 printing.

The names on each of the 87 maps, no matter how small they appeared in the original, are reproduced here with state-of-the-art clarity. There are three maps of Calais, for example. [Link]
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