Auction 137, Lot 328

"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

22 x 30 inches
55.9 x 76.2 cm

This noteworthy map was published by Walter Watson for the Berkshire Life Insurance Company, Pittsfield, Mass. The map lays out the railways and highways of the Berkshire Hills region in remarkable detail. A legend identifies main roads, school houses, cemeteries, churches, railroad stations, and much, much more. The Berkshire Hills are described at right in a long excerpt from "Taghconic," by J.E.A. Smith. Red type in lower right notes the map is available by contacting the company or any of its agents in the principle cities. A vignette shows the company's headquarters building and another "View of the Berkshire Hills. Greylock Peak from the south end of Lake Onota." According to the Harvard University Gazette, Oct. 24, 2002, this map is widely regarded as the first 'free' road map ever distributed mainly for use by touring bicyclists when it was first published in 1883. This example is the 1896 revised edition. Beautifully printed by the Coloritype Co., New York.


Condition: B+

Nice clean image. There are a few small separations at the fold intersections that have been repaired with archival tape on verso, else very good. Issued folded.

Estimate: $200 - $300

Sold for: $150

Closed on 9/14/2011