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Boston Bay
Jacques N. Bellin. "Carte de la Baye de Baston [sic]. Située dans la Nouvelle Angleterre." From Le Petit Atlas Maritime. Paris: J.N. Bellin, 1764. 8 1/4 x 6 3/8. Engraving. Original hand color. Small stain. Otherwise, excellent condition.

A map of Boston Bay by Jacques Nicolas Bellin, the Hydrographer to the King of France. From about 1650 to 1750, the French dominated the cartographic world, with their fine, scientifically based maps, elegantly engraved and precisely detailed. Bellin (1703-72) was one of the best in the later period. The major towns around the bay, Chelsea to Hingham, are indicated as are the main rivers emptying into the bay. Also shown are the many islands and soundings throughout. $500

Attributed to Jacques Nicolas Bellin. "Grundriss von der Stadt Boston und ihren Gegenden." Leipzig: Arkstee & Merkins, circa late 1750s or early 1760s. 6 1/4 x 9 3/4 (neat lines) plus full margins. Engraving. Excellent condition. Full margins.

This small, crisply printed, engraved map is based on Bellin's research and publishing of his great 1764 plan of Boston and the Port. A copy in the Library of Congress was recorded in Phillips' Maps of America (p. 147) as one of a number of documents in volumes containing documents such as this map. A key to the left side of the document names 16 locations on this map that also has two scales of miles. This is a fine example of the Enlightenment expressed through publishing in Germany as well as the rest of the European countries and their colonies. $1,200

Fielding Lucas, Jr. "Massachusetts." From A New and Elegant General Atlas Containing Maps of each of the United States. Baltimore: F. Lucas, Jr., 1816. Folio. 8 1/4 x 10 3/4. Engraving. Full original hand color. Large margins. Fine condition.

A fine map by Baltimore cartographer, Fielding Lucas, Jr. (1781- 1854). Lucas appears to have become involved in the publishing and book trade while a resident of Philadelphia from 1798 to 1804, when he moved to Baltimore. In 1807 Lucas joined Conrad, Lucas & Co., and then in 1810 he set up his own business at 138 Market Street. There Lucas first got involved in cartographic publishing with his New and Elegant General Atlas of 1816. In the second decade of the nineteenth century, through his Philadelphia contacts, Lucas was one of the major contributors to Carey & Lea's atlas of 1823. Concurrently with this involvement, Lucas brought out his own General Atlas, containing 104 maps of all parts of the world. Lucas, during his 50 years of residence in Baltimore, established himself as a prominent citizen of that city, serving as President of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad, President of the Board of School Commissioners, and as President of the Second Branch of the City Council. But it is for his important role in early American cartography that Lucas is best remembered. $325

After John Melish. "Boston and Adjacent Country." Philadelphia, [1822]. 5 1/2 x 3. Engraving. Very good condition.

A detailed map of the region around Boston by one of the seminal figures in the history of American cartography. John Melish was the first American publisher to issue exclusively cartographic and geographic items. Born in Scotland and involved in the textile industry, Melish visited the United States several times beginning in 1806, finally deciding to settle there in 1811. Melish had made many notes on his travels about the country and in 1812 he published Travels in the United States of America, which included his first maps and which started him on his cartographic career. Then in 1816, Melish issued his Geographical Description, which contained extensive information about the entire United States and surrounding regions. For each new edition of these works, Melish would update his regional maps. This is a later version of his map of the Boston region, perhaps issued shortly after his death in 1822. This map shows Boston within the context of its surrounding vicinity, with towns, ferries, roads, and waterways clearly and accurately detailed. $175

"Colton's Boston and Adjacent Cities." New York: G.W. & C.B. Colton, 1855. 14 x 11 1/4. Lithograph. Full original hand-coloring. Full margins. Minor stain in left hand margin not affecting image. Else, very good condition.
In the mid-nineteenth century, the center of map publishing in America moved from Philadelphia to New York. The Colton publishing firm played a large role in this shift. This map of Boston, with its fine detail, is a strong example of their successful work. The map presents the area of downtown Boston today with an inset showing the great area in contrasting pastel shades. The major mode of transportation was the new and vibrant railroad system that was growing at the time. An attractive map as well as a worthwhile historical document. $375

"Plan of Boston and its vicinity showing the drainage area of Stony Brook, which empties into the full basin of the Back Bay." Boston, H.M. Wightman, 1863. Compiled and surveyed under the direction of the Back Bay Commissioners appointed by the City of Boston, by H. M. Wightman, Surveyor, 1863. A. Meisel, lithographer. Plan No. 2. 28 1/4 x 22. Old folds, and repaired tears. Professionally conserved. Very good condition. $475

"Plan of Boston." Philadelphia: S. Augustus Mitchell, Jr., 1864. From Mitchell's New General Atlas. 11 x 9 1/4. Lithograph. Bright original hand color. Decorative fruit and flower border. $325

"County Map of Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island." Philadelphia: S. Augustus Mitchell, Jr., 1867. 11 1/2 x 13 3/4. Lithograph. Original hand color. Decorative border. Very good condition.

S. Augustus Mitchell, Jr., of Philadelphia, was one of the largest map publishers of the middle of the nineteenth century. The firm was founded by his father, who from around the middle of the nineteenth century issued atlases and maps of all parts of the world in all formats. The Mitchell atlases contained up-to-date maps which were as attractive as they were accurate. With its bold hand-color, decorative borders, and interesting information from this interesting period of American history, this is a fine example of the Mitchell firm's output. $125

"Map of the Railroads of the State of Massachusetts Accompanying the Report of the Railroad Commissioners 1874." Boston: Rand, Avery, & Co., 1874. 27 7/8 x 37 3/8. Lithograph. Uncolored. With folds as issued; minor wear along folds. Otherwise, very good condition.

A clear and striking map of Massachusetts and surrounding states, including all of Rhode Island and Connecticut as well as portions of New York (encompassing both New York City and Long Island ), New Jersey, New Hampshire, and Vermont. Detail is crisp and clear as railroad lines spread in a web across the Northeast Corridor. Each stop along the lines is clearly marked, making this an informative document of the interconnectedness of towns in southern New England. $200

Frank A. Gray. "Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut," with inset map "Environs of Boston." Philadelphia: O.W. Gray, 1875. 15 1/4 x 25 1/4. Long Island Sound portion of map extends beyond frame line into bottom margin. Lithograph, engraved on stone by J.M. Atwood. Original hand color. Very good condition.

A nicely detailed map showing counties, towns, canals, roads, railroads & topography by the Philadelphia firm of O.W. Gray and Son. The firm began its publishing around mid-century and published regional and U.S. atlases up to the 1880s. This map is typical of their work, and its attractive presentation and interesting detail make it a nice example of late nineteenth century Philadelphia cartography. $135

Southern New England
W.H. Gamble. "County and Township Map of the States of Massachusetts Connecticut and Rhode Island." From Mitchell's New General Atlas. Philadelphia: S. Augustus Mitchell, Jr. 1880. 14 1/4 x 21 1/4. Lithograph. Original hand color. Very good condition.

Mitchell's map of southern New England from 1880. It shows the area during period when it was booming economically and socially. Railroads, clearly shown, criss-cross the entire region, especially in and out of Boston. Also, towns, rivers, roads and other topographical information are clearly shown, and the counties shaded with contrasting pastel shades. $125

Mitchell Boston 1880
"Plan of Boston." From Mitchell's New General Atlas. Philadelphia: S. Augustus Mitchell, Jr. 1883. 13 1/2 x 21. Lithograph. Original hand coloring. Very good condition.

For most of the middle part of the nineteenth century, the firm founded by S. Augustus Mitchell dominated American cartography in output and influence. This fine map of Boston, with part of Charlestown, is from one of his son's atlases. The map depicts and names streets, rail lines, and major buildings. Each area of the city is colored in a contrasting pastel shade and an inset of the "country around Boston" is included in the bottom right. A fine decorative border surrounds the map, and the whole effect makes for an attractive mid-nineteenth century map, as well as one of the most detailed maps of Boston of the later nineteenth century. $225

George H. Walker. "Map of Boston and the Country Adjacent. From Actual Surveys." Boston: Damrell & Upham, 1892. 24 x 34 1/2. Cerograph. Original hand color. A few short separations at folds. Very good condition. Attached to publisher's cloth case which is also in very good condition.

A map of Boston and the surroundings region from the late nineteenth century. The city had grown dramatically during the nineteenth century. Arriving to staff busy factories, immigrant families from all over Europe settled in places like the largely Italian North End or the predominantly Irish Mission Hill. Many began to move out into the surrounding region, shown on this map from Framingham to Cohasset in the south, and from Concord to Salem in the north. This folding map was intended to be used by those traveling in and about Boston, thus showing copious detail of every town and village, ponds and lakes, hills and swamps, roads and railroads, post offices and stations, and much besides. Concentric circles show the distance from the center of Boston. A super map of Boston from over a century ago. $650

"Boston." Chicago: George Cram, 1898. 12 1/2 x 9 7/8. Cerograph. Very good condition. $75

"Boston." From Indexed Atlas Of The World. Chicago: Rand, McNally & Co., [1898]-1899. 19 x 26. Cerograph. Full original color. Very good condition.

A late nineteenth century map from the early days of the Rand, McNally & Co. firm out of Chicago, a company that would shift the center of cartographic publishing from the east coast to the mid-west. Typical of the work from the firm, this map has very good detail, precisely and neatly exhibited. Topographic and social information, counties, roads, and many more details are illustrated. By the end of the nineteenth century, development in the state is shown extending up into the pan handle and to the west. Railroad information is also presented. Aesthetically and cartographically a foreshadow of the maps of the twentieth century. $175


Maps from Official Topographical Atlas of Massachusetts. Philadelphia: Stedman, Brown & Lyon, 1871. Lithographs. Original hand color. Some maps with chipped corners. Very good condition, unless noted otherwise.

Double page maps. 23 x 15.

Single page maps. 13 3/4 x 11 3/4. Some maps are double sided with a map on each side, as noted.


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