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Auction 109, Lot 223

"Railway and Highway Map of the Famous Berkshire Hills Region, Showing also Villages and Points of Interest…", Watson, C.E, Walter

Subject: Massachusetts

Period: 1883 (dated)


Color: Printed Color

21 x 30 inches
53.3 x 76.2 cm

Published by Walter Watson for the Berkshire Life Insurance Company, Pittsfield, Mass. The map details the railways and highways of the Berkshire Hills region in 1883. Remarkable detail throughout including a legend identifying Main Roads, School Houses, Cemeteries, Churches, Railroad Stations, and much, much more. The map "is a prize of the Harvard Map Collection exhibit. This map is widely regarded as the first free road map ever distributed...mainly for touring bicyclists." Harvard University Gazette, Oct. 24, 2002. A noteworthy and seldom seen map that needs some professional conservation.


Condition: B

Excellent color and impression on fine, banknote paper. Numerous long splits on some of the folds, else the map is near fine. Splits should be professionally closed.

Estimate: $120 - $160

Sold for: $600

Closed on 12/1/2004