Auction 137, Lot 331

"A Plan of the Town and Chart of the Harbour of Boston Exhibiting a View of the Islands castle Forts and Entrances into the said Harbour", Anon.

Subject: Boston, Massachusetts

Period: 1775 (dated)

Publication: Gentlemen's Magazine

Color: Hand Color

13.2 x 10.5 inches
33.5 x 26.7 cm

This attractive copper engraved map of the greater Boston area was issued just prior to the first hostilities of the American Revolution. The map focuses on the islands in the harbor with soundings, hazards and shipping lanes carefully delineated. Among the towns located on the map are Chelsea, Cambridge, Dorchester, Milton, and Weymouth. Several maps of Boston and the surrounding area appeared in English magazines during 1774-75 as Boston became the hot spot of resentment against British taxation and rule. This map was issued just a few months before the defining conflicts at Lexington and Concord.

References: Jolly GENT-232.

Condition: B+

There is some light offsetting in the image and a tiny tear in the lower blank margin. Issued folded and now flat.

Estimate: $250 - $300

Sold for: $240

Closed on 9/14/2011