Auction 96, Lot 172

"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

Period: 1775 (dated)

Publication: Gentleman's Magazine

Color: Hand Color

13.1 x 10.4 inches
33.3 x 26.4 cm

Attractive map of the greater Boston area 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 the British authorities. This map was issued in February, just a few months before the conflicts at Lexington and Concord.

References: Jolly GENT-232.

Condition: A

Tissue repair of 1" tear and margin extended at binding side. Later coloring. Pressed with a couple of slight creases-folds still visible.

Estimate: $300 - $350

Sold for: $350

Closed on 9/12/2001