Auction 136, Lot 306

"Birds-eye View of Boston Harbor Compiled from the Latest Surveys…", Photo-Electrotype Company

Subject: Boston, Massachusetts

Period: 1880 (circa)


Color: Printed Color

11.8 x 8 inches
30 x 20.3 cm

This early work of the company is a map of the vicinity of Boston Harbor that uses a false horizon to provide the illusion of a bird's-eye view. It extends to Cohasset in the south and to Nahant and Revere Beach north of the city. All islands are located and named with ferry routes noted. Shows the location of the engagement between the Shannon & Chesapeake, Minot's Light, Hardings Ledge, the Quarantine Grounds, and several lighthouses. The map is surrounded by panels of advertisements: the Fall Rive Line ("Colossal Palace Steamships"), Boston Cigar Store, American House, and several more including an inset within the map for the Boston & Hingham Steamboat Company. Blank verso. The 100 page booklet (4.5" x 6.5") Illustrated History of Boston harbor is filled with line drawings. The first and last several unnumbered pages are illustrated advertisements, the most interesting is for the "Cold Blast Refrigerator Company". The pictorial front cover depicts a beautiful yacht under full sail, perhaps one of the America's Cup boats. Little is known about the Photo-Electrotype Company, founded by James Henry Stark in 1877, and their publications are scarce. The full imprint is Photo-Electrotype Engraving & Manufacturing Co. 171 Devonshire Street, Boston.


Condition: B+

The folding map has a few spots and small tear into advert, otherwise very good. The booklet is very good, but has thin archival tape on spine.

Estimate: $200 - $275


Closed on 6/1/2011