Auction 129, Lot 303

"Bird's Eye View from Summit of Mt. Washington, White Mountains, New Hampshire", Walker, George H. & Co.

Subject: New Hampshire

Period: 1902 (dated)

Publication:

Color: Printed Color

Size:
24.5 x 24.5 inches
62.2 x 62.2 cm

This is a stunning and unique circular sky view from way above the blustery peak of Mt. Washington showing the landscape all the way into Maine, New York and Vermont. The unique perspective can be rotated with the uppermost portion always being right-side up. The beautifully colored chromolithograph labels the important landmarks, including Lake Winnepesaukee, Sunday River, Sebago Lake, Portland and the Isle of Shoals to name just a few of the 189 places noted as visible from the summit of Mount Washington. The map also shows the Summit House and the railroad leading to it, depicting how it was prior to the fire of 1908 that destroyed nearly every structure on the summit. On the verso are numerous photographs and a the long story and history of Mt. Washington. Folds into original pictorial wrapper printed in blue ink (3.7 x 7"). Inside cover lists "Summer Publications Issued by the Boston & Maine Railroad" available "on receipt of two cents in stamps." A rare piece for which we can find no references, issued by the Passenger Department of the Boston and Maine Railroad.

References:

Condition: A+

The map is mint with just one tiny fold intersection split. The covers are surprisingly good with just a trace of soiling, mostly at lower right.

Estimate: $220 - $300

Sold for: $325

Closed on 9/23/2009

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