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One of the earliest obtainable maps of the state. Shows counties, towns, roads, rivers, lakes, islands, swamps, court houses, and other early details. This map appeared in Volume IV of John Payne's New and Complete Universal Geography… published in New York by John Low at the Shakespeare Head, No. 332 Water-Street, in 1799. One of the curious elements of the map is that it is dated 1800 on the map, although Payne's title page bears the date 1799, suggesting that Payne was anxious to have his maps appear to be as modern as possible. Following the publication of Carey's American Atlas in 1795, there were a small group of 18th Century works which included a complete set of state maps, including John Reid's American Atlas, Joseph T. Scott's Gazetteer, Carey's Pocket atlas and works by Jeddidiah Morse. This small group of maps and the few separately issued maps of the region, which are now virtually unobtainable, mark the beginnings of the indigenous cartographic publishing business in America, and are now highly soughtafter. Nice dark impression. Narrow right margin, else a nice example.