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Auction 176, Lot 222

"A Scott-Map of Concord Massachusetts "Quam Firma Res Concordia"",

Subject: Concord, Massachusetts

Period: 1960 (circa)


Color: Printed Color

27 x 20.7 inches
68.6 x 52.6 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 whimsical map of Concord has many references to Henry David Thoreau. Thoreau's famous cabin and Walden Pond are located at lower right, and his birthplace is shown at top right. Several other locations related to Thoreau are identified, and there are quotations from both Emerson and Thoreau on the map.

References: Hornsby (Picturing America) p. 22; Rumsey #8779.

Condition: A+

A crisp, bright example.

Estimate: $190 - $220

Sold for: $140

Closed on 2/12/2020