U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey

Antique Rolled Chart of Little Egg Harbor, New Jersey

Little Egg Harbor founded upon a Trigonometrical Survey under the direction of F.R. Hassler Superintendent of the Survey of the Coast of the United States

DESCRIPTION: Scarce separately issued antique chart (no folds) of Little Egg Harbor, New Jersey published on heavy paper in 1846 by the U.S. Coast Survey. Contains sailing directions, and two long elevation views of the entrance to Little Egg Harbor as seen from sea. Key features include: the New Inlet, Round Shoal, Tucker's Island (with Reuben Tucker's boarding house shown as a triangulation point), Brigantine Channel, Brigantine Beach, Great Thoroughfare, Hunt's Shoals, Anchoring Island, and Hatfield's store.

With numerous depth soundings , anchorages, shoals, and notes on the composition of the sea floor. Electrotype copy no. 2 by Mathiot. Under magnification fine detail is visible assuring the buyer of it's origin as an copperplate (electrotype) engraving. Price when issued was 15 cents.

Little Egg Harbor township is a township in Ocean County, New Jersey. Originally part of Burlington County, Little Egg Harbor took its name from the portion of a bay called Egg Harbor by Dutch sailors for the eggs found in nearby gull nests. The first known account of the town was made by Captain Cornelius Jacobsen May in 1614.

This is a scarce, separately issued, rolled nautical chart of Little Egg Harbor, NJ on heavy paper, not the more common folded version on thin, issued with other charts in an annual report to Congress .

This chart was printed in 1846 from an electrotype copy of the original hand-engraved copper plate, a process the U.S. Coast Survey newly adopted in mid century. As a soft medium, copper plates could only withstand print runs of perhaps 200 copies before the plates wore down. To enable larger print runs, a mold of the original plate was created in wax or another soft medium. Then, using an electro-chemical process ( electrotyping ), the mold was coated with a metal layer, typically copper. Printers were then able to produce output from the new electrotype copper copy, while preserving the original.

CREATOR: U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey



BODY OF WATER: Egg Harbor Bay

CONDITION: Very good.  An exceptional example with no folds. Bright and clean on heavy paper with wide margins and a prominent platemark.

COLORING: Careful and very attractive detailed hand coloring.


SIZE: 14 " x 18 "


PRICE: $480


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