Chicago Map Society: Paul Cohen, Setting the Record Straight on America's First National Map: Abel Buell's Map of the United States

Thursday, May 19, 2011
Chicago Map Society Meeting

Last December, a map of the United States published in New Haven in 1784 sold at Christie’s auction house for $2,098,500, setting a world auction record for a map.  Abel Buell’s New and Correct Map of the United States was the first of the original 13 states to have been published in America.  Antiquarian map dealer Paul Cohen has made an extensive study of Abel Buell and has examined all but one of the seven surviving examples of the map.  His lecture will introduce us to the Connecticut Yankee Buell (who worked variously as a goldsmith, jewelry designer, engraver, surveyor, type manufacturer, mint master, textile miller, and counterfeiter), and shed much new light on this legendary rarity in American cartography.