|dc.description||Includes inset map of the District of Columbia This is a digital image of the original map held by Johns Hopkins Libraries as part of the Hackerman Map Collection.
In 1792, at the age of 33, surveyor Dennis Griffith approached the Maryland General Assembly with a proposal to map the whole of the state. Securing a 1000 Pound loan, the result was this large 25 by 50 inch map sheet. As was common practice at the time, this portable map was divided into rectangular quadrants, backed with linen, and fitted for the marble book boards still attached. The owner was no doubt left with the all too familiar complication of folding the map back down to pocket size. Griffith's map was a remarkable achievement for its time and is often considered the first official state map of Maryland. The first edition of the map is dated June 20th, 1794 and was published June 6th, 1795. The map content on the second edition is identical to the first. The publication date on the second edition was changed to read May 28, 1813.||en_US