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Manuscript Schoolgirl Map of New Jersey

New Jersey/ Education. MCCORMACK (?), Elizabeth C. [New Jersey, c. 1830]
New Jersey. DRAWN AND PAINTED BY EL[I]BET[H] C MCORMA[CK]. 25 x 14 3/4 inches
Pen & ink & watercolors. Some splitting & occasional losses in top half, expertly conserved with margins extended, good condition of this type.


A somewhat crude yet still quite attractive schoolgirl map of New Jersey. The nicely colored cartouche exhibits some artistic flair. The making of maps of this type, mainly it seems by school girls rather than boys, was a popular pedagogic device for teaching geography in American schools in the first half of the 19th century. Such maps range from the very pedestrian to ones of striking artistic accomplishment, with this one falling somewhere in the middle.

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