Keyport, New Jersey: Josephine A. Brown, [circa 1875].
Unbound. Six finely drawn maps all but one signed by Josephine A. Brown from Keyport, New Jersey. Four in brown ink, one in purple ink, and one in pencil. Neat horizontal fold on each map, left margin a little ragged, presumably removed from a notebook, else about fine. Four of the six maps have the embossed mark of the Congress Carew Co. (we could find an 1866 document written on the products of this paper manufacturer). Very nicely drawn and detailed maps showing rivers and lakes, including the New England States; Michigan and Wisconsin and adjoining Great Lakes; New Jersey, and Pennsylvania; Mississippi, Louisiana, and Arkansas; Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, and Tennessee; and Illinois and Missouri. Brown was born in Keyport in 1859, these seem like the work of a talented teenager thus our attribution of the date of 1875. Brown apparently valued her neat penmanship, later census records report she earned her wages as a stenographer. Nicely rendered drawings by a young woman.