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Auction 182, Lot 281

"A Scott-Map of Harvard University and of Radcliffe College Cambridge, Massachusetts",

Subject: Boston, Massachusetts

Period: 1959 (dated)


Color: Printed Color

24 x 32.8 inches
61 x 83.3 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 depicts the combined campuses of Harvard and Radcliffe College with streets and individual buildings identified. The map is filled with illustrations, interesting historical facts, and the coats of arms of the various resident houses. It is surrounded by a decorative border including Harvard's seal.

References: Hornsby (Picturing America) p. 22; Rumsey #8777.

Condition: A+

A crisp, bright example.

Estimate: $240 - $300

Sold for: $150

Closed on 4/28/2021