This rare, colored map documents the naval defeat of the 1779 Penobscot Expedition from the British perspective. Writing in the early 20th century, Castine historian Charles Noyes made the following remark after seeing the Castine peninsula drawn on the west side of the Penobscot River: “While this map is beautifully engraved and great care appears to have been taken in its preparation, its topographical errors are most fearful and wonderful”.
The 1785 map was printed in England to accompany an updated translation of Rapin’s History of England. The map to be auctioned is matted and framed and overall in very good condition. It is being donated in support of the Calvineers by The Big Chicken Barn, Ellsworth. A similar map is in the collection of the Castine Historical Society.