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