"Eldridge's Map of Martha's Vineyard", Eldridge, George
Subject: Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts
Period: 1892 (dated)
Color: Printed Color
37 x 25 inches
94 x 63.5 cm
This rare promotional map was issued for the tourist trade. The strongly colored, duo-tinted lithographic chart shows the entire island in fine detail at a scale of 2/3 mile per inch. Coastal features include Vineyard Haven Harbor, Cape Poge, Katama Bay, Menemsha Bight, Gay Head Cliffs, etc. Inland, the roads, villages, parks and other attractions are named and relate to the Table of Distances, 32 distances from Vineyard Haven, Edgartown and Cottage City to various points of interest on the island. The compass rose shows the magnetic deviation in addition to True North. At upper left is a large inset "Plan Showing Relative Position of Martha's Vineyard with Mainland" and a second Table of Distances to towns in the surrounding area. The shipping lanes for the Maine Steamship Company, Old Colony Line, and the West Chop Steamship Company are delineated and sailboats, clipper ships and two steamships illustrate. Issued with pocket covers (detached). Lithography by Forbes, Co., Boston.
The map has been backed with archival tissue. There are a few folds with minor loss in mostly blank sea and a little darkening near lower distance table. There is some additional loss above the title and in the upper left margin, which does not enter the image. Minor toning along a few folds and light scattered foxing primarily in the blank margins.