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Auction 176, Lot 221

"A Scott-Map of Salem Massachusetts "The Wealth of the Indies to the Uttermost Gulf!"",

Subject: Salem, Massachusetts

Period: 1950 (circa)


Color: Printed Color

27.5 x 20.3 inches
69.9 x 51.6 cm
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This lovely pictorial map was created by Alva Scott Garfield. Scott's cartographic career began in 1926 with a decorative pictorial map of her alma mater, Wellesley College, and was entitled Newe Mapp of Wellesley. In 1929, Scott produced another campus map of nearby Wheaton College (MA). Scott took a 20-year hiatus from map production to focus on other endeavors, but in the late 1940s began producing both campus maps and regional views in New England including this one. Roderick Barron of Barron Maps wrote an outstanding article describing Alva Scott Garfield's life & work here. This map pays homage to the city's maritime and colonial history, but also makes several references to the witch trials and locates an old Witch Jail and Witch House. A note at top left states "To Gallows Hill where, in the summer of 1692, 19 people were hanged for witchcraft - NO witches were burned in Salem!"

References: Hornsby (Picturing America) p. 22; Rumsey #8781.

Condition: A+

A crisp, bright example.

Estimate: $180 - $210

Sold for: $130

Closed on 2/12/2020