Boston and Massachusetts


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4759Very rare antique map of Dorchester and Milton Massachusetts.DetailsBaker, Edmund J.1831
Very Rare Map of Dorchester and Milton Massachusetts
Baker, Edmund J.
1831
LOC:53
$4,500.00Baker--Edmund-J-Very-Rare-Map-of-Dorchester-and-Milton-MassachusettsVery rare map of Dorchester and Milton Massachusetts published by Edmund J. Baker of Milton, Mass. Very fine condition for such a scarce item. <br></br> This original antique map was compiled to comply with a resolution of the Massachusetts Commonwealth that every town and district in Boston should complete an accurate survey of 100 rods to an inch before July 1, 1831. The resolution specified the map record <div class="indenttextblock"> "...the names, courses, and magnitude of Rivers and smaller Streams; Roads, public and private with their courses; the situation of Houses of Public Worship, Court Houses, and other public buildings, … bridges; ferries; falls; ponds; shores; harbors; islands; mountains; mills and manufactories… shall be inserted, specified, delineated, or described." (Source: https://archive.org/details/actsresolvespass182831mass/page/270) </div> </BR> According to the Milton Historical Society <div class="indenttextblock"> "Born in 1804, Baker was a postmaster and historian accorded great respect by his contemporaries. Grandson of both patriot Daniel Vose and chocolate pioneer Dr. James Baker, he had a direct connection to the town's most auspicious 18th century roots. His interest and conversations with that generation, such as Rachel Vose, make him an important source. (Source: http://www.miltonhistoricalsociety.org/Curator/Baker1826Map.html) </div>
5352Scarce lithographed map of lots filled in South Cove at Boston, MassDetailsSouth Cove Corporation1845
South Cove Boston Massachusetts Auction Plat Rare Antique Map
South Cove Corporation
1845
LOC:90
$550.00South-Cove-CorporationSouth-Cove-Boston-Massachusetts-Auction-Plat-Rare-Antique-MapScarce lithographed cadastral map of land filled by the South Cove Corporation in Boston, Massachusetts to be sold at auction on February 18, 1845 by Francis Jackson, agent for the Corporation. Folded into a small 6" x 9" booklet [1] detailing the condition of the dividend (auction) and the dimensions of each lot to be sold. <br></br> The land to be sold by the South Cove Corporation was bounded by Albany Street, Harrison Avenue, Erie Street, and Troy Street and Cobb Wharf. <br></br> [1] "Catalogue of 132 lots of land in the South Cove with the numbers, dimensions, and contents affixed to each lot. To be divided among the stockholders, by order of the Directors of the South Cove Corporation." Press of Foster and Brewster. Boston. 1845. 8 pages. [Mass., landfill, made land]
965 Antique chart of Gloucester, Massachusetts and Cape Ann Harbor.DetailsBlunt, E and G.W.1850
Antique chart and plan of Cape Ann Harbor and Gloucester, Massachusetts
Blunt, E and G.W.
1850
LOC:3
$140.00Blunt--E-and-G-W-Antique-chart-and-plan-of-Cape-Ann-Harbor-and-Gloucester--MassachusettsAntebellum nautical chart of Gloucester ("Glocester"), MA. and Cape Ann Harbor from well known American publisher's of nautical charts and sailing directions, Edmund and George Blunt, and dated within to 1850. Noted features on this antique chart include <b>Ten Pound Island</b>, Ten Pound Island Ledge, Five Pound Island, Fort Point, Black Bess, Flat Point, and Norman's Woe Point with the nearby Norman's Woe Island. Includes numerous depth soundings, hazards, and aids to navigation as expected on a navigational chart. Shows a square fort at Fort Point near the Gloucester inner harbor but shows no structure in the location of Stage Point Fort. <br></br> The lighthouse on Ten Pound Island is shown near the mouth of the Gloucester inner harbor. The Ten Pound Island Light Station, originally a stone tower, was constructed on the island in 1821. That tower was replaced by the present cast-iron tower in 1881. <br></br> Topographic detail surrounding the harbor is shown through the use of light hachuring; numerous structures are shown scattered throughout that area. <br></br> The American Coast Pilot with other harbor charts, was published by Edmund and George W. Blunt from New York. The Blunts were the most prolific private publisher of navigational charts in the United States in the mid 19th century.
4718Trade Card for the pilot boat schooner G.W. Blunt.DetailsBlunt, George W.1860
Rare trade card- NY Pilot Boat 11 the George W. Blunt
Blunt, George W.
1860
LOC:0
$500.00Blunt--George-W-Rare-trade-card--NY-Pilot-Boat-11-the-George-W--BluntVery rare and desirable antebellum trade card for Pilot Boat No. 11, the George W. Blunt (G.W. Blunt) of the New York harbor pilots. Named after one of three sons of Edmund Blunt, who was one of the most important figures in U.S. nautical cartography during the first half of the 19th century. This scarce Civil-war era artifact should have strong interest for collectors of 19th-century maritime nautical cartography, the history of New York harbor, or civil-war era nautical artifacts. <br></br> The George W. Blunt was a 76 ton wooden schooner for the New York Pilot Commission, acquired by the U.S. Navy and commissioned in December 1861. She served with the South Atlantic Blockading Squadron through mid 1864. This trade card dates to before 1861 when the Pilot Commissioners' office was located at 69 South Street, Corner of Pine Street. In 1875 the G. W. Blunt was lost on the Long Island shore about thirty miles from the Sandy Hook light vessel (1). <br></br> G. W. Blunt, the third son of Edmund M. Blunt was born in Newburyport, Mass in 1802 (2). The elder Blunt prepared and composed a work entitled "The American Coast Pilot" which described every port on the coast of the United States, the publication went through through 18 successive editions beginning in 1796. <br></br> George W. Blunt served as a member of the New York Board of Pilot Commissioners, from 1845 to 1877. and owned the New York pilot boat Moses H. Grinnell (3). At his death G.W. Blunt held the office of Secretary of the Board of Pilot Commissioners. <br></br> <i> (1) Pilot lore; from sail to steam. United New York and New Jersey. Sandy Hook Pilots Benevolent Associations. 1922. Online. </BR> (2) http://nyscu.org/Archives/Universalist%20Memory%20Garden/Universalist%20Memory%20Garden%20BA-BL/Blunt,%20George%201883.pdf </BR> (3) Cunliffe, Tom. ed. Pilots: Pilot Schooners of North America and Great Britain. Wooden Boat Publications. Brooklin, Maine. 2001. </i>
3597Twenty-five antique lot and street plans of Cambridge, Massachusetts.DetailsMultiple Authors1870
Lot 1. MULTIPLE 19th C. survey lot and street plans CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts
Multiple Authors
1870
LOC:0
$13,650.00Multiple-AuthorsLot-1---MULTIPLE-19th-C--survey-lot-and-street-plans-CAMBRIDGE--MassachusettsA lot consisting of twenty-five lot and street plans from Cambridge, Massachusetts and nearby areas. An opportunity for a serious collector to expand his collection with items he cannot find elsewhere. <a href="https://www.rarecharts.com/Content/Lot_1_Cambridge_Survey_Artifacts_Locked.pdf" target="_blank">See full detailed lot description.</a> <br></br> These plans represent surveys performed in the 1840’s through the 1900’s by local Cambridge area surveyors and engineers William A. Mason, Joseph Whitney, J.G. Chase, E.F. Bowker, W.S. Barbour, and Alex Wadsworth. Artifacts include manuscript surveys, manuscript survey traces, and rare 19th century cyanotype (blueprints). Many of the items in this lot are unrecorded and for the others the few known holdings are in institutions. Condition and size vary by item. <br></br> The lot highlight is: SC_Cam_1. Osgood Carleton [after]. PLAN OF THE CAUSEWAY OVER THE MARSH IN CAMBRIDGE EXHIBITING THE NAMES OF THE OWNERS AND THE QUANTITY OF LAND THROUGH WHICH IT PASSES INCLUDING MR JARVIS’S UPLAND SURVEYED AND PLATTED (by a scale of one chain to an inch) NOV 12TH 1792 BY OSGOOD CARLETON. COPIED FROM THE ORIGINAL BY W.A. MASON & CO. DEC. 20, 1855. MS ink surveyor’s collation number “1637”. Unrecorded antebellum manuscript cadastral plan of great historical value after an earlier plan in 1793 by well-known Boston surveyor Osgood Carleton. This is the best and only available detailed plan of the West Boston Bridge causeway from the Charles River to Pelham island. This is Mason’s true signed MS surveyor’s copy from a survey made by Osgood Carleton contemporaneously with the Causeway construction. Numerous and detailed pencil notations of ownership record based on Carleton's original survey. Measurements recorded in chains and links. <br></br> A very rare plan of the old Causeway stretching 3344 feet over wet marshland largely owned by Leonard Jarvis.
3605Coastal Chart of Massachusetts from LYNN to HALIBUT POINTDetailsEldridge, George1872
Early Eldridge Harbor Chart of Salem, Beverly, Marblehead, Manchester, Gloucester, Rockport
Eldridge, George
1872
LOC:53
$650.00Eldridge--GeorgeEarly-Eldridge-Harbor-Chart-of-Salem--Beverly--Marblehead--Manchester--Gloucester--RockportScarce and early Eldridge coastal chart of Massachusetts from LYNN to HALIBUT POINT. Shows George Eldridge's (the founder) bold and distinctive style that mariners came to appreciate for its utility. <br></br> Includes the towns of Lynn, Swampscott, Salem, Beverly, Marblehead, Manchester, Gloucester, Cape Ann, Rockport, and Annisquam. Includes extensive sailing directions. <br></br> Dated within to 1872. Published by S. Thaxter & Son, 125 State Street, Boston. <br></br> George Eldridge (1821-1900) was a fisherman, coastal pilot, and cartographer who published charts and coast pilots, some with his son George W., from the mid 1800's until his death . The Eldridges published their own charts in competition with the U.S. Coast Survey.
398Freeman stereoview photo of Bark Minmanueth aground at NantucketDetailsFreeman, Josiah1873
Bark Ashore at Surfside
Freeman, Josiah
1873
LOC:0
$220.00Freeman--JosiahBark-Ashore-at-SurfsideStereoview photo by Nantucket photographer Joseph Freeman of the sailing bark Minmaneuth aground near Miacomet Pond on Nantucket's south shore. The vessel was enroute from Rio de Janiero to Boston with 4000 bags of coffee when she came ashore. The Minmaneuth was lightened of its load and refloated. The grounding had a positive result in that it prompted construction of a lifesaving station at Surfside beach. The stereoview shows passengers, shaded by parasols, sitting atop bags of coffee as they wait for the rest of the cargo to be unloaded. <BR> </BR> The Nantucket Historical Association describes Freeman as the first of three great 19th century Nantucket photographers including Henry Wyer and Harry Platt. Josiah Freeman first opened a shop with David Coffin on the island in 1864 and remained in business until retirement in 1892. ( Historic Nantucket, Vol 35, no. 2 (Oct. 1987), p. 12-14)
2527Plan of lots owned by The Boston Land Company in Orient Heights.DetailsWhitman and Breck1874
Plan of land in Orient Heights - Beachmont in Revere, Mass.
Whitman and Breck
1874
LOC:53
$2,400.00Whitman-and-BreckPlan-of-land-in-Orient-Heights---Beachmont-in-Revere---Mass-Unrecorded heliotype plan or plat of land for sale in 1874 by the Boston Land Company in Orient Heights, Revere, Massachusetts- today's Beachmont neighborhood. Orient Heights is Boston's northernmost and northeastern most neighborhood. <br></br> This early antique lot plan of Beachmont, is an unrecorded plan found nowhere else online. Bordered at the east by the Atlantic Ocean, the platted land lies with an area bounded by Endicott Avenue and Winthrop Avenue. Includes Bradstreet Avenue, Dudley Street, Sales Street, Cross Street, Crest Avenue, Bellingham Avenue and Leverett Avenue. <br></br> Other notable features include a proposed Boston Revere Beach and Lynn Railroad track and depot; the Orient Café surrounded by a small park; Sales Creek and a sand ridge. For each lot square footage and lot number are shown. <br></br> In upper right an inset small-scale map of other holdings of the Boston Land Company in Revere, Mass. with major roads, waterways and rail lines. <br></br> Surveyed by Whitman and Breck, 16 Water Street, Boston. Heliotype printed. A heliotype is a print produced by a “photomechanically produced plate for pictures or type made by exposing a gelatin film under a negative, hardening it with chrome alum, and printing directly from it.” (Source: https://www.thefreedictionary.com/heliotype)
5321Antique map of South Mountain And Boston Rail Road by Price.DetailsPrice, R. M.1876
Antique Map Of The South Mountain And Boston Rail Road and Connections
Price, R. M.
1876
LOC:53
$350.00Price--R--M-Antique-Map-Of-The-South-Mountain-And-Boston-Rail-Road-and-ConnectionsHand-colored, antique lithographed thematic map showing the route of the South Mountain and Boston Rail Road across the states of New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Massachusetts. Colored regions of the map are labeled with names of the metals, fossil fuels or other natural resources in the vicinity of the SM&BRR route. These resources include: <div class="indenttextblocksingle"> <ul style="list-style-type: circle;"> <li>Coal</li> <li>Bituminous Coal</li> <li>Anthracite</li> <li>Iron</li> <li>Zinc</li> <li>Petroleum</li> <li>Lumber</li> </ul> </div> Incorporated in 1854, the company suffered during the Panic of 1873 and began to auction off its property between 1877 and 1880. Includes a fine large decorative title vignette showing a puffing SM&BRR locomotive pulling passenger cars out of a dark tunnel. <br></br> The map was produced by R.M. Price Jr, Chief Engineer for the railroad. Published by Reading Publishing House in 1876. <br></br> Title: "Map Of The South Mountain And Boston Rail Road & Connections showing territory passed through rail-roads and canals crossed or connected with together with mineral and geographical features of country passed through." <br></br> Inset map of the SM&BRR bridge over the Hudson River: "Bridge by which the South Mountain & Boston R.R. is to cross the Hudson River at Poughkeepsie, N.Y. A short, direct railroad route from New England to the coal, oil, and slate regions of Pennsylvania and to the west and south." <br></br> Verso includes two Pennsylvanian township maps- Washington and Heidelburg townships. Neat pencil notation on verso: John Strauss, Mrs. Strauss
210Antique maritime Freeman nautical stereoview photograph of NantucketDetailsFreeman, Josiah1880
Stereoview- Nantucket.
Freeman, Josiah
1880
LOC:0
$100.00Freeman--JosiahStereoview--Nantucket-Stereoview ca 1870-80 by Josiah Freeman of Nantucket. Scene looking out over Nantucket rooftops and gardens with a steam paddle wheeler rounding Brant Point Light House in the distance.<BR> </BR> The Nantucket Historical Association describes Freeman as the first of three great 19th century Nantucket photographers including Henry Wyer and Harry Platt. Josiah Freeman first opened a shop with David Coffin on the island in 1864 and remained in business until retirement in 1892. ( Historic Nantucket, Vol 35, no. 2 (Oct. 1987), p. 12-14)
2517Facsimile of a very rare map of Boston by Cyprian SouthackDetailsBoston Photo Electro. Co.1883
An Exact Draught of Bostone harbour
Boston Photo Electro. Co.
1883
LOC:3
$380.00Boston-Photo-Electro--Co-An-Exact-Draught-of-Bostone-harbourLate 19th century facsimile of a very rare map of Boston attributed to Cyprian Southack. This facsimile is itself a scarce item and represents the best available copy of Southack's survey. Names many of the islands in Boston Harbour. <br></br> Depicts trees, buildings, the encampment on Noddle Island and ships in Boston Harbour pictorially. Boston Neck depicted as a very thin strip of land connecting the Shawmut peninsula to the mainland. <br></br> Note at bottom left reads: "Entered according to an Act of Congress in the year 1883 by A.O. Crane in the office of Librarian of Congress at Washington."
3613Antique lot and street plans of Boston, Massachusetts.DetailsMultiple Authors1885
Lot 2. MULTIPLE antique surveyors plans BACK BAY, BOSTON , Massachusetts
Multiple Authors
1885
LOC:0
$6,200.00Multiple-AuthorsLot-2---MULTIPLE-antique-surveyors-plans-BACK-BAY--BOSTON---MassachusettsA lot consisting of twenty lot and street plans from Boston, Massachusetts generally from the decade of the 1880's. Most items by surveyors and engineers William H. Whitney or the firm of Fuller and Whitney, Back Bay Engineers. An opportunity for a serious collector of Boston cartography to expand his collection with items he cannot find except in institutions. <a href="https://www.rarecharts.com/Content/Lot_2_Boston_Survey_Artifacts_Locked.pdf" target="_blank">See full detailed lot description.</a> <br></br> From the mid 1850’s through 1890 Boston conducted the most ambitious land-making of the era in the U.S. by transporting and placing gravel, ashes, and sand in an area that was previously a tidal marsh of the Charles River. The landfill of Boston’s Back Bay was fueled by a shortage of suitable land for new construction and the desire to remediate water pollution resulting from earlier bad decisions that placed profit ahead of citizen’s health and welfare. <br></br> Over a period of 35 years more than 450 acres of new land was added to Boston by filling the Back Bay with an average of 20 feet of fill. Much of this land was purchased by well-to-do Bostonians and today the Back Bay remains one of the most prestigious locations within that city. <br></br> We have been able to obtain 20 rare late 19th century artifacts that document the last decade of the 35 year land-making project in Boston’s Back Bay, for an area from Charlesgate Park to past Kenmore Square. <br></br> These maps and plans shed light on some of the decision-making factors and design options for Boston real-estate developers. These artifacts in this lot are of three types: hand-drawn or manuscript survey maps, manuscript traces of those surveys, and blueprints. The artifacts represent a very early application and adaptation of a cutting-edge technology: blueprinting.
3614Antique lot and street plans of Charlesgate Park in Boston, Mass.DetailsMultiple Authors1885
Lot 3. MULTIPLE antique surveyors plans BACK BAY PARK, BOSTON , Massachusetts
Multiple Authors
1885
LOC:0
$9,000.00Multiple-AuthorsLot-3---MULTIPLE-antique-surveyors-plans-BACK-BAY-PARK--BOSTON---MassachusettsOne lot consisting of three manuscript pen and ink trace maps and two blueprint maps from the last decade of Boston's Back Bay landmaking project. Each map is related to Boston's Back Bay Park (Charlesgate Park), part of F.L. Olmsted's "Emerald Necklace". <a href="https://www.rarecharts.com/Content/Lot_3_BackBayPark_Survey_Artifacts_Locked.pdf" target="_blank">See full detailed lot description.</a> <br></br> From the mid 1850’s through 1890 Boston conducted the most ambitious land-making of the era in the U.S. by transporting and placing gravel, ashes, and sand in an area that was previously a tidal marsh of the Charles River. The extensive land-making enabled the creation of new neighborhoods, and facilitated growth of Boston's public spaces including a string of parks known collectively as the "Emerald Necklace". <br></br> <div class="indenttextblock">“Charlesgate Park is historically considered the ‘crown jewel’ of Frederick Law Olmsted’s world renowned ‘Emerald Necklace’ and … the ‘gateway’ to the Charles River. It was once an elegant point of contact and transition, linking the ‘City on the Hill’ with its sister neighborhoods. <br></br> In 1878, the City of Boston Parks Commission awarded Frederick Law Olmsted a commission to develop a parkland system. His idea was a ‘necklace’ of parks extending from Franklin Park in Dorchester through the city to the Public Gardens/Commons to the Charles River. The ‘crown jewel’ was Charlesgate Park. That vision helped to create the lovely residential neighborhood that formed the Charlesgate, Kenmore Square and Fenway communities.” (Source: https://charlesgateparkfriends.wordpress.com/history-of-the-charlesgate/). </div> The star of this lot is CITY OF BOSTON BACK BAY PARK PLAN SHOWING FILLING DONE BEFORE DEC 27, 1879. Shows filling of horse cart paths in preparation for filling one of the last remaining areas in Boston’s Back Bay- the Back Bay Fens.
4874Plan of lots in Beachmont owned by the Revere Beach Land Company.DetailsWhitman and Breck1885
Plan Sea Shore Lots Revere Beach Land Company Revere Massachusetts
Whitman and Breck
1885
LOC:53
$2,400.00Whitman-and-BreckPlan-Sea-Shore-Lots-Revere-Beach-Land-Company-Revere-MassachusettsUnrecorded heliotype plan or plat of lots for sale in today's Beachmont neighborhood with Crescent Beach and Revere Beach. Published in 1885 by the Revere Beach Land Company in Revere, Massachusetts. Large inset with a large-scale map of Winthrop Highlands, Revere, Beachmont and Crescent Beach <br></br> Surveyed by Whitman and Breck, 35 Devonshire St. Street, Boston. <br></br> Heliotype printed. A heliotype is a print produced by a “photomechanically produced plate for pictures or type made by exposing a gelatin film under a negative, hardening it with chrome alum, and printing directly from it.” (Source: https://www.thefreedictionary.com/heliotype)
5318Manuscript engineering studies for Fenway Park land usage from 1886.DetailsFuller and Whitney1886
Fenway Park land manuscript engineering studies Boston Back Bay
Fuller and Whitney
1886
LOC:1000
$1,800.00Fuller-and-WhitneyFenway-Park-land-manuscript-engineering-studies-Boston-Back-BayOne of a kind engineer's manuscript trace map and planning studies in the Back Bay of Boston, Massachusetts for land that now includes the site for <b>Fenway Park</b>. This is an important record for the development of the Boston Back Bay that provides insight into Back Bay land making project priorities and planning at the end of the 19th century. <br></br> The base map with associated eight planning studies encompass an area bounded by Brookline Avenue, the Boston and Albany railroad right-of-way, and Audubon Road. In 1886 Fenway Park (built in 1912) was not yet planned, therefore all the land was considered for residential purposes. An engineering study that includes a ball park does not exist. <br></br> One manuscript pen and ink master map on 'surveyors cloth' paper with nine manuscript overlays- one reflecting land ownership as it was and eight studies or future design options for alternate land plat options on 'surveyors cloth'. Each overlay 'study' presents an alternative layout for platting the land. With each study the waste percentage is prominently displayed next to the index number for the study. The inferred reason is that the purpose of the studies was to arrive at a configuration that minimized land waste. <br></br> No blueprints of the finished product are known to exist nor are there any other copies of this planning study. <br></br> Manuscript pen and ink with blue outline under color to provide dimension for the Back Bay Fens on the finished product for which this trace was intended- blueprint copies. <br></br> Fuller and Whitney's MS surveyor's index number in pencil: "1335" at lower left. <br></br> Note on photographs: (1) Shows the base map on which the 9 overlays could be placed. (2) Shows the base map with the overlay for the existing cadastral plat in 1886. (3) Shows the base map, original plat, and the eight planning studies arrayed around the base map.
5060Map of Nantucket Island 1887 after Reverend F.C. Ewer in 1869.DetailsOld Colony Railroad Company1887
Historical Map of Nantucket Surveyed and Drawn by the Rev. F. C. Ewer. D. D. 1869
Old Colony Railroad Company
1887
LOC:0
$400.00Old-Colony-Railroad-CompanyHistorical-Map-of-Nantucket-Surveyed-and-Drawn-by-the-Rev--F--C--Ewer--D--D--1869Map of Nantucket Island, 1887 after Reverend F.C. Ewer in 1869. Printed on very thin paper with a section of Nantucket Island identified in red as property of the <b>Nantucket Surf Side Land Co.</b> <br></br> Historical Map of Nantucket Surveyed and Drawn by the Rev. F. C. Ewer. D. D. Produced by Old Colony Line "the shortest, quickest, best and only direct route between Boston or New York and Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard." With red ink notations advertising the Nantucket Surf Side Land Company, 46 School Street, Boston, Massachusetts, offering for sale lots for $10 and upwards. <br></br> Contains three columns of historical information about Nantucket, arranged chronologically for the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. Latest entry is for 1886: <div class="indenttextblock"> Cable communication with Nantucket by the U.S. Signal Service. Consolidation of the N. & C. C. Steamboat Company with the N. B., V. & Nant. Steamboat Co. with corporate name "New Bedford, Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket Steamboat Company." Steamer Nantucket built by the same Company, and placed upon the route in July. </div>
1218Antique Boston and Gloucester Steamboat Company pass.DetailsAnonymous1889
Boston and Gloucester Steamboat Company pass for 1888
Anonymous
1889
LOC:0
$70.00AnonymousBoston-and-Gloucester-Steamboat-Company-pass-for-1888An antique Boston and Gloucester Steamboat Company annual pass for the year 1888. On green card stock. Issued as number 116. Valid until January 1, 1889. Ship's wheel decoration with the date "1888". <br></br> Boston and Gloucester Steamboat company began year round service in 1870 and continued operating between Boston and Gloucester until 1926 when they ceased operations. Steamboats from the line included the "Ella Knight", "George Chaffee", "City of Gloucester", and the "Cape Ann" a steel-hulled propeller driven vessel of 171 feet in length. <br></br> Text on the verso of this antique pass with rules and stipulation for use of the pass.
1219Trade Card ca. 1890 for Samuel Thaxter and Son, BostonDetailsThaxter, Samuel and Son1890
Samuel Thaxter and Son, Boston, trade card
Thaxter, Samuel and Son
1890
LOC:0
$325.00Thaxter--Samuel-and-SonSamuel-Thaxter-and-Son--Boston--trade-cardScarce trade card for the Boston, Massachusetts firm of <b>Samuel Thaxter and Son</b>. Samuel Thaxter was an importer and manufacturer of nautical and optical instruments. Thaxter was the publisher of Eldridge's charts and coast pilots, and an agent for U.S. Coast Survey charts and books. During this period, they operated from a store at 125 State Street, Boston. <br></br> Samuel Thaxter and Sons sold sextants, charts, compasses, binnacles, levels, and other nautical items that occasionally are found on the antiques market today. <br></br> Absence of red overprinting of a new address at bottom of card suggests a date between 1880 and 1900. Verso carries the following historical information about the firms' genesis:<br></br> <div class="indenttextblock"> <b>One Hundred Years Under One Sign</b> <br></br> (From the Boston Evening Transcript, February 2d 1873.) <br></br> In 1779 William Williams carried on the Nautical-Instrument business in King, now State Street, having as a sign an image called "Admiral Vernon". In 1794 Samuel Thaxter, who married his niece, succeeded him and carried on the business in his own name thirty years. Then, taking his son a partner, the style of the firm was changed to S. THAXTER & SON, under which name it has continued the last fifty-one years at 125 State Street, corner Broad Street. Samuel Thaxter Cushing, grandson of S. Thaxter has been connected with the business thirty-eight years, and for the last thirty-three years, the only surviving partner. For all that time the "Admiral" with his quadrant has stood guard and stands guard now, on State Street, fit prototype of the smart little image displayed by Walter's uncle as chronicled in "Dombey & Son".</div>
4913Antique cyanotype (blueprint) New York Railroad.DetailsNew York, Providence and Boston Railroad1892
Antique Chart New York, Providence and Boston Railroad
New York, Providence and Boston Railroad
1892
LOC:62
$550.00New-York--Providence-and-Boston-RailroadAntique-Chart-New-York--Providence-and-Boston-RailroadA foundational organizational diagram / map for collectors of ephemera related to the New York, Providence and Boston Railroad. <br /><br/> Very rare and very unusual cyanotype (blueprint) document showing the railroad and steamship lines, as of 1892, that comprised the New York, Providence and Boston Railroad (N.Y.P. & B.R.R.). Includes unusually-presented notes about dates of construction and leasing of the various component lines of the railroad within circular icons. <br /><br /> A fine example of the use of the cyanotype process to create a map not intended for navigation but rather to inform the reader about the history of the railroad and its affiliated Providence and Stonington Steamship Company. <br /><br /> Produced from Providence, Rhode Island by the Chief Engineer's Office in March, 1892.
2509Rare variant antique nautical photographic Coast Pilot by StebbinsDetailsStebbins, Nathaniel L.1893
Stebbins' Illustrated Coast Pilot First Edition SECOND STATE
Stebbins, Nathaniel L.
1893
LOC:0
$750.00Stebbins--Nathaniel-L-Stebbins--Illustrated-Coast-Pilot-First-Edition-SECOND-STATEVery rare SECOND STATE of the FIRST EDITION of this antique, late 19th century landmark in coastal navigation from the notable Boston-based marine photographer Nathaniel Stebbins. An interesting late 19th century artifact that combined the (then) new technology of photography with the oldest known form of recorded navigational instructions- written sailing directions. (See second state differences at bottom). <br></br> Stebbin's fascinating antique coast pilot first demonstrated the practical application of photography to navigation, a field long dominated by man-made representations of coastal features. Contains numerous photographs of key landmarks and navigational aids accompanied by textual sailing directions. Among the hundreds of photographs are Stepping Stones lighthouse, Execution Rocks lighthouse, Stamford Harbor lighthouse, Bartlett Reef light vessel, Newport Harbor lighthouse, Hen and Chickens light vessel, Vineyard Sound light vessel, Hyannis wharf and range lights, Great Round Shoal light vessel (appears to be a decrepit wreck of a sailing vessel), Nantucket lighthouses at Brant Point and Great Point, and the Boston and Marblehead lighthouses. <BR> </BR> We are not aware of an earlier coast pilot containing photographic coastal images. <BR> </BR> This second state of the first edition differs from the first state as follows (see photographs): <div class="indenttextblock"> <ul style="list-style-type: circle;"> <li>Cover title contains additional "Part I".</li> <li>For photographs some are annotated with a purple ink overstamp: "For changes see end of book."</li> <li>Supplement (4 pages) added near end of volume: "Corrections, additions, and changes to March 1st, 1892."</li> <li>Single page added as the final page: "Corrections to January 1st, 1893."</li> </ul> </div>
776Book of 19th century yacht photographs by StebbinsDetailsStebbins, Nathaniel L.1896
The Yachtsmans Album 1896
Stebbins, Nathaniel L.
1896
LOC:0
$350.00Stebbins--Nathaniel-L-The-Yachtsmans-Album-1896Scarce volume of photographic images of sail and power yachts at the end of the 19th century by American marine photographer Nathaniel L. Stebbins (1847-1922). The pictured yachts represent the toys of America's super-rich of that era: the Corsair- J. Pierpont Morgan; Nourmahal - John Jacob Astor IV; Alicia - Henry M. Flagler. Other notables include members of families with names that are recognzable even today: Dows, DuPonts, Carnegies, and Vanderbilts. <br></br> With two tabular lists: 'Steam Yachts', and 'Sail Yachts' both containing these data fields describing each of the pictured yachts: page; name; owner; K or CB [Note: for sail yachts only]; length overall; waterline length; beam; draft; designer; builder; date. Contains 240 images, 4 to a single page, printed on the recto only. Versos are blank. <br></br> N.L. Stebbins was a Boston-based photographer specializing in maritime subjects. Among Stebbins' other works are : 'The New Navy of the United States' (1896) and 'Illustrated Coast Pilot with Sailing Directions: The Coast of New England from New York to Eastport, Maine, including Bays and Harbors' (1891).
2508Antique nautical photographic U.S. Coast Pilot by StebbinsDetailsStebbins, Nathaniel L.1896
Stebbins' Illustrated Coast Pilot 2nd ed.
Stebbins, Nathaniel L.
1896
LOC:0
$380.00Stebbins--Nathaniel-L-Stebbins--Illustrated-Coast-Pilot-2nd-ed-Important, late 19th century landmark in coastal navigation from the well-known Boston-based marine photographer Nathaniel Stebbins. Stebbins provides sailing directions and plentiful photographs of key landmarks and navigational aids, but not one map. Full coverage of U.S. East Coast and marginal coverage of the United States Gulf Coast. For the Gulf Coast a few images are actually not photographs, but drawings. <BR> </BR> Second scarce edition of the first Coast Pilot containing photographic coastal images. This book demonstrated the practical application of photography to navigation, a field long dominated by man-made representations of coastal features. 249 pages. 2nd ed. <BR> </BR> Already scarce, this overlooked volume with a sea-worthy canvas cover belongs in the collection of all those interested in 19th century U.S. coastal charts. Numerous nautical-related advertisements scattered thoughout. The author describes this internal advertising as an effort to hold down the cost to the reader.
1072Fine pocket map of Boston Harbor and surrounding regionDetailsWalker Lithograph and Publishing Company1897
1897 Birds-eye View of Boston Harbor
Walker Lithograph and Publishing Company
1897
LOC:200
$340.00Walker-Lithograph-and-Publishing-Company1897-Birds-eye-View-of-Boston-HarborBird's-eye folding pocket map of Boston Harbor and surrounding region to the east. Numerous steamers and sailing ships are shown underway in the waters offshore Boston, Massachusetts; Winthrop and Squantum . <br></br> Very fine condition makes this a desirable addition to your collection. The map extends from the coastal area of East and South Boston across the water to the main ship channel and the Boston Light. It locates Winthrop, Thompson's Island, Moon Island, Deer Island, Nahant, Green Island, the Brewster Islands, Strawberry Hill, Fort Warren, Hough's Neck and much more. Several key steets are identified within Boston: Atlantic Avenue, Summer Street, Broadway, Dorchester Street, and State Street to name a few. <br></br> Copyright 1897 by George H. Walker and Company, Harcourt Street, Boston MA.. Shows steamer routes to Nantasket Beach, Nahant, Winthrop and more. On the inside cover is an list of railroad maps; a list of road maps is on the back. <br></br> Single-color chromolithograph. It folds into paper covers titled "Bird's-Eye View of Boston Harbor." Walker's maps were often sold as advertising maps under another name, most notably by the Union News Co. Map is attached to the cover as issued.
2525Rare late 19th-century blueprint of the Coffin Estate.DetailsBowker, E.F.1899
Antique blueprint plan of the Coffin Estate, Watertown, Mass
Bowker, E.F.
1899
LOC:0
$475.00Bowker--E-F-Antique-blueprint-plan-of-the-Coffin-Estate--Watertown--MassRare late 19th-century blueprint of house lots for sale just northwest of Mt. Auburn Cemetery. A fine antique plat of the Coffin Estate in Watertown Massachusetts. Previously unrecorded plat with no copies found anywhere. The area covered in this blueprint is bounded by Arlington Street and Prentiss Street at cross streets of Dewey St., Sampson Street, and Keenan St., now E-W rather than N-S as shown. Data included for each lot includes lot dimemsions, total square feet, and lot number. <br></br> 19th century blueprints are generally scarce as blueprinting had only been invented in the 1870's and by 1899 was beginning to become widely adopted as a quick method of reproducing maps, plans, and architectural diagrams. <br></br> By E.F. Bowker, Engineer and Surveyor, 671 Massachusetts Ave. Cambridgeport, Mass. MS surveyor's number "1809" in corners. Dated within at January 9, 1899.
652Early folding map of New Bedford, MassachusettsDetailsWalker Lithograph and Publishing Company1900
New Bedford And Vicinity
Walker Lithograph and Publishing Company
1900
LOC:0
$265.00Walker-Lithograph-and-Publishing-CompanyNew-Bedford-And-VicinityEarly folding antique lithographed map of New Bedford, Massachusetts on thin paper. With cardboard cover, graced by views of whaling ships, attached to map as issued. Locations coverd by the map include Buzzards Bay, the Elizabeth Islands, NW Martha's Vineyard, Westport, Dartmouth, Mattapoisett, Fall River, Acushnet, Naskatuckett Bay, Sippican Harbor, and West Falmouth, Massachusetts. <br></br> Published by H.S. Hutchinson and Company. Copyright 1892 by George W. Walker, lithographers. Precise publication date is unknown but must have been after 1899 as the map shows the New Bedford - Fairhaven Bridge that was completed in 1899.
1476Old nautical chart of Gloucester, Boston and Cape Cod, MassachusettsDetailsEldridge, George W.1901
Massachusetts Bay and Coast from Chatham to Gloucester 2
Eldridge, George W.
1901
LOC:0
$400.00Eldridge--George-W-Massachusetts-Bay-and-Coast-from-Chatham-to-Gloucester-2Extra-large old nautical chart of <b>Cape Cod</b>, Massachusetts Bay, and the Massachusetts coast from Chatham north past Boston. Created by George Washington Eldridge (d. 1914). Coverage includes the coastal margins near the towns of Provincetown, Truro, Wellfleet, Brewster, Yarmouth, Plymouth, Scituate, Cohasset, Marblehead, Salem, Gloucester, and the town and harbor of <b>Boston</b>, Massachusetts. Date printed in blue stamp "1901". <br></br> Printed on thin, rolled paper, this nautical chart was to be backed with linen which would have provided the strength needed to withstand rigors of day to day use at sea. This chart is a survivor. <br></br> G.W. Eldridge was the son of well-known cartographer and hydrographer George Eldridge (1821-1900), whose first charts (ca. 1849) were of the area off Chatham, Mass. including Pollock Rip and the sandbars from Stone Horse to Handkerchief Shoals. The Eldridges are among the best known private publishers of charts during the 19th century.
5138Map of railway lines for the Boston and Maine Railroad. 1901.DetailsBoston and Maine Railroad1901
Map of railway lines for the Boston and Maine Railroad
Boston and Maine Railroad
1901
LOC:10
$150.00Boston-and-Maine-RailroadMap-of-railway-lines-for-the-Boston-and-Maine-RailroadOfficial corporate map of railway and steamship lines for the Boston and Maine Railroad. Lithograph on thin paper. <br></br> Printed and included in the "Sixty-eighth Annual Report of the Directors of the Boston and Maine Railway to the Stockholders for the Year Ended June 30, 1901." Printed at Boston, Massachusetts in 1901 by Rand Avery Supply Company. <br></br> Red lines designate Boston & Maine lines and leased lines operated by the railroad. Purple lines show lines controlled by the Boston and Maine R.R. Includes steamship routes owned and operated by the company shown offshore with black or purple dotted lines. Margins about 1/4" on all sides.
5174Cyanotype or blueprint plan for the 1901 Brew-Master's Convention.DetailsHettinger, C. F.1901
Cyanotype blueprint floor plan for 1901 Boston Brew-master's convention
Hettinger, C. F.
1901
LOC:62
$550.00Hettinger--C--F-Cyanotype-blueprint-floor-plan-for-1901-Boston-Brew-master-s-conventionOriginal one-of-a-kind cyanotype, or blueprint, floor plan for the 1901 Brew-Master's Convention to be held in the Massachusetts Charitable Mechanic Association Building, Boston Mass. The 13th annual convention of the <b>United States Brewmaster's Association</b> was held in Boston during the week beginning on September 23, 1901. <br></br> The plan distinguishes between two areas in the building- the Convention Hall and the Exhibition Hall. The Exhibition Hall was a new feature of the convention: <div class="indenttextblocksingle"> "… it has been thought desirable to make special arrangements for facilities for demonstrating and exhibiting all classes of machines and supplies adapted to brewer's use …" [1] </div> </br> The Charitable Mechanics Association built the Mechanic's Hall in 1881 on Huntington Avenue, at West Newton Street near Copley Square. Architect William Gibbons Preston designed the hall which featured an auditorium, sometimes referred to as the Grand Hall. The hall was demolished in 1958. <br></br> Drawn and printed by C. F. Hettinger & Co. Engineers & Architects. 1140 Columbus Ave. Boston, Mass. <br></br> [1] Online: Gindele, William J. American Brewers' Review. Wahl and Henius eds. 1900-1901. p.282. <br></br> (beer, brewing, brew, craft beer, brewery, hops, tipsy, hopped up, loaded, drunk, shit-faced, sdfngd)
4941Boston and Maine Railroad (1903) with summer excursions.DetailsBoston and Maine Railroad1903
Boston and Maine Railroad Summer Excursions with five maps
Boston and Maine Railroad
1903
LOC:0
$500.00Boston-and-Maine-RailroadBoston-and-Maine-Railroad-Summer-Excursions-with-five-mapsRare booklet from the Boston and Maine Railroad (1903) with Summer Excursions, rates, stage and steamer connections. Includes five maps and birds-eye views on thin paper. 88 pages. Thin card covers. 4" x 8" overall.<br></br> "Boston and Maine Railroad Summer Excursions to the White Mountains, Mount Desert, Adirondacks, Catskills, Montreal and Quebec, Winnipesaukee, Memphremagog, Champlain, Rangeley and Moosehead lakes and the New England Beaches." <div class="indenttextblocksingle"> <ul style="list-style-type: circle;"> <li>1) "Bird's Eye Map of the White Mountains reached by Boston and Maine." Birds-eye view map of the White Mountains in New Hampshire. </li> <li>2) Map of Lake Winnipesaukee and Vicinity Reached by Boston and Maine and Steamer Mt. Washington. Printed by Rand, Avery Supply Co,. Engineers and Printers, Boston.<.li> <li>3) Lake Memphremagog and About There. Boston and Maine Railroad. Printed by Rand Avery Supply Company, Boston, Mass.</li> <li>4) Fishing and Hunting Resorts reached by Boston and Maine Railroad Connections.</li> <li>5) Map of Lake Sunapee and Vicinity Reached by Boston and Maine Railroad. Rand, Avery Supply Co,. Engineers, Boston, Mass.</li> </ul> </div> Issued by the Passenger Department, Boston and Maine Railroad. 1903. Boston City Ticket Office: 322 Washington Street Cor. Of Milk Street
289Brochure- Providence , Fall River & Newport Steamboat CoDetailsProvidence, Fall River and Newport Steamboat Co.1904
Brochure- Providence , Fall River and Newport Steamboat Co
Providence, Fall River and Newport Steamboat Co.
1904
LOC:0
$165.00Providence--Fall-River-and-Newport-Steamboat-Co-Brochure--Providence---Fall-River-and-Newport-Steamboat-CoScarce antique eight-page brochure and map for the Providence, Fall River and Newport Steamboat Company, 136 Dyer Street, Providence, Rhode Island. This small brochure, dated internally to 1904, contains time tables, descriptive information on each port and sightseeing tips and advertisements from local businesses and resorts. <BR> </BR> Contains a list of the eight steamers comprising the company's fleet and their passenger capacity: <div class="indenttextblock"> <ul style="list-style-type: circle;"> <li>Mount Hope - 2000 persons</li> <li>Warwick - 2000 persons</li> <li>Richard Borden - 1500 persons</li> <li>City of Newport - 1100 persons</li> <li>Favorite - 1100 persons</li> <li>What Cheer - 750 persons</li> <li>Squantum - 850 persons</li> <li>Baltimore - 500 persons</li> </ul> </div>
716Birdseye map from Boston, to Gloucester and Marblehead, MassachusettsDetailsWalker Lithograph and Publishing Company1907
Boston Harbor and the North Shore
Walker Lithograph and Publishing Company
1907
LOC:0
$260.00Walker-Lithograph-and-Publishing-CompanyBoston-Harbor-and-the-North-ShoreOrginal antique birdseye view folding map of Boston Harbor by George Walker shows ferry routes, steamer routes and railroad lines between Boston and points both within Boston Harbor and to outlying towns. This fascinating old lithographed map differs from other birdseye-view maps we are aware of from this era because it includes Marblehead, Lynn, Salem and extends north-eastwards to Gloucester, Massachusetts. We can date the map with confidence because it clearly shows the Wonderland Amusement Park at Revere Beach which failed after five years, operating exclusively between 1906 and 1911. Wonderland, served by the Revere Beach and Lynn Railroad, was modeled along the lines of the World's Fairs of that era and included roller coasters, technological exhibits, theaters and a boardwalk. <br></br> Noted points of interest include Charlestown, Point of Pines, Magnolia, Baker's Island, Thompson's Island, "the Pumping Station", Dorchester Bay, Squantum, Norfolk Downs, Quincy Bay, Hough's Neck, Hingham Harbor, Winthrop, Beachmont, Great Head, Peddock's Island, Nantasket Beach, Port Allerton, the town of Hull with Fort Revere, George's Island with Fort Warren, Deer Island, Lovell's Island, Lynn, Swampscott, Thatcher's Island, Strawberry Hill, and many more. Captures several local lighthouses and aids to navigation including Boston Light, Long Island Light, Fawn Bar Beacon, Graves Light, and far out the bay - a whisting buoy. <br></br> Original lithograph by George W. Walker, lithographer of Boston in landscape format is in very good condition for a 105+ year old map. Was originally folded into a card cover but the front half has disappeared leaving the map attached to the back cover, as issued. <br></br>
777Charts of Gloucester Harbor and Sandy Bay with Rockport, Mass.DetailsEldridge, George W.1908
Antique Chart of Gloucester Harbor and of Sandy Bay, Massachusetts
Eldridge, George W.
1908
LOC:0
$125.00Eldridge--George-W-Antique-Chart-of-Gloucester-Harbor-and-of-Sandy-Bay--MassachusettsSeparately issued nautical charts of Gloucester Harbor and of Sandy Bay on the Cape Ann peninsula in Massachusetts. Includes the Massachusetts towns of Rockport and Gloucester. Other key features include Fresh Water Cove, Tenpound Island, Southeast Harbor, Eastern Point, Thatcher's Island, Milk Island, Loblolly Cove, Whale Cove, Straitsmouth Island, The Rockport Granite Company, and Andrews Point. Much useful information including soundings, ranges, buoys, and bottom composition are presented in a clear graphic style that would have been appreciated by and helpful to mariners. For instance, these charts are printed with bold black coastal outlines that would have been easier to read under poor lighting conditions. <br></br> Both charts on the same page, published by George W. Eldridge (1845-1914), son of George Eldridge (1821-1900) fisherman, coastal pilot, and cartographer who published charts and coast pilots from the mid 1800's until his death. The Eldridges published their own charts in competition with the U.S. Coast Survey. <br> ( Source: Guthorn, Peter. United State Coastal Charts: 1783 - 1861. Exton, Pennsylvania. 1984. p. 12. ). <br></br> Attribution reads: 'AUTHORIZED and PUBLISHED By Geo. W. Eldridge, Vineyard Haven, Mass and 132 State St. Boston.' Price when issued was 30 cents.
2553Antique nautical chart of Portsmouth, New Hampshire.DetailsEldridge, George W.1908
Antique Chart of Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Eldridge, George W.
1908
LOC:10
$145.00Eldridge--George-W-Antique-Chart-of-Portsmouth--New-HampshireElegant, simple and useful early 20th-century antique nautical chart of Portsmouth, New Hampshire harbor and entrance. Nearby points of interest include Kittery, Seaveys Island, Gerrishes Island, Cutts Island, Newcastle Island, Little Harbor, Sagamore Creek and much more. By George W. Eldridge. <br></br> Much useful information including soundings, anchorages, ranges, buoys, and bottom composition are presented by Eldridge in a clear graphic style that would have been appreciated by and helpful to mariners. For instance, these charts are printed with bold black coastal outlines that would have been much easier to read under poor lighting conditions. <br></br> Published by George W. Eldridge (1845-1914), son of George Eldridge (1821-1900) fisherman, coastal pilot, and cartographer who published charts and coast pilots from the mid 1800's until his death. The Eldridges published their own charts in competition with the U.S. Coast Survey. <br> ( Source: Guthorn, Peter. United State Coastal Charts: 1783 - 1861. Exton, Pennsylvania. 1984. p. 12. ). <br></br> Attribution reads: 'AUTHORIZED and PUBLISHED By Geo. W. Eldridge, Vineyard Haven, Mass and 132 State St. Boston.' Number 56 from Eldridges book of harbor charts. Price 30 cents.
3681Old antique chart of Nantucket, Mass. and Nantucket Sound.DetailsU.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey1909
Nantucket and Nantucket Sound Eastern Approaches
U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey
1909
LOC:0
$1,250.00U-S--Coast-and-Geodetic-SurveyNantucket-and-Nantucket-Sound-Eastern-ApproachesFine antique nautical chart issued in 1909 covers the southeast portion of Cape Cod trending south and includes the island of Nantucket, Monomoy, Chatham and the eastern portion of Nantucket Sound. <br></br> Date of first publication by the U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey was 1866. This antique chart bears a stamp at the bottom left in purple ink that identifies this edition as corrected to 1909. Plate number 2999. Chart # 111. With the circular logo of the Department of Commerce and Labor.
2514Birds-eye view of Provincetown, Massachusetts.DetailsWalker Lithograph and Publishing Company1910
Birds-eye view of Provincetown, Massachusetts.
Walker Lithograph and Publishing Company
1910
LOC:200
$450.00Walker-Lithograph-and-Publishing-CompanyBirds-eye-view-of-Provincetown--Massachusetts-A fine panoramic birds-eye view of Provincetown, Mass. With Cape Cod Bay and the Atlantic Ocean in the background. Throughout Provincetown Harbor large ships and smaller sailing craft sail about; Long Point at bottom left corner. At the far horizon, barely visible at a distance are: Plymouth, Sunset Light, Standish Monument, Wireless Station - Duxbury, Blue-Hills, Boston, Boston Light, Minots Light, and the Boston Light Ship. Folds to 3" x 5" inside the cover still attached to the back of the lithograph, as issued. <br></br> Very fine condition for an antique folding lithographed map. Copyright 1910 by Walker Lithograph.
5284Manuscript trace of the earliest map of Erving's Grant, 1788 [1910].DetailsAvery, F. Deane1910
Manuscript trace Erving's Grant Massachusetts Map by Metcalf
Avery, F. Deane
1910
LOC:10
$1,100.00Avery--F--DeaneManuscript-trace-Erving-s-Grant-Massachusetts-Map-by-MetcalfRare decorative ink manuscript trace map ca. 1910 made by F. Deane Avery (1876 - 1940) of an earlier 1788 [1] map of Erving's Grant, Massachusetts by surveyor Joseph Metcalf in Orange, MA. April 21, 1788 (copied by John ? Pope, Boston, August 11, 1788). The text describing Metcalf's map is in a decorative calligraphic style as might have been used in the late 18th century. The only available true copy of Metcalf's survey of Erving's Grant. [2] <br></br> In 1920 Avery, self-described as an "Engineer and Architect", published a short article describing his method of indexing survey artifacts [3]. By 1924 F. Deane Avery was employed as County Engineer in Greenfield, Massachusetts. With Avery's index number "5B-20" at lower right corner. <br></br> [1] On February 6, 1788 Massachusetts became the sixth state to ratify the U.S. Constitution and was admitted to the Union.<br> [2] On the map the land is described as lying in Hampshire County, but today the land lies in Franklin County, Massachusetts.<br> [3] Avery, F. Deane. "A simple system of indexing notes and plans: Filing by location preferred to other methods- key has numbered areas- loose leaf ledger used". Engineering News-Record. Vol. 85 p. 155.
3588Antique nautical chart of Provincetown, Massachusetts.DetailsEldridge, George W.1914
Iconic Antique Chart of Provincetown, Mass.
Eldridge, George W.
1914
LOC:10
$450.00Eldridge--George-W-Iconic-Antique-Chart-of-Provincetown--Mass-Elegant, simple and useful early 20th-century antique nautical chart of Provincetown, Massachusetts on the island of Cape Cod, Mass. Very attractive hand coloring. Features include Race Point, Wood End Bar, North Truro, Clapp's Pond, Herring Cove, Shank Painter Pond; and the Highland, Crow Hill, and Peaked Hill Life Saving Stations. <br></br> Much useful information including soundings, anchorages, ranges, buoys, and bottom composition are presented by Eldridge in a clear graphic style that would have been appreciated by and helpful to mariners. For instance, this chart of Provincetown, MA. is printed with bold black coastal outlines that would have been much easier to read under poor lighting conditions. Lighthouses, bouys, and other aids to navigation are highlighted in red. Bottom composition is presented according to an attached table of abbreviations. <br></br> By George W. Eldridge (1845-1914), son of George Eldridge (1821-1900) fisherman, coastal pilot, and cartographer who published charts and coast pilots from the mid 1800's until his death. The Eldridges published their own charts in competition with the U.S. Coast Survey. Published by Wilfrid O. White of Boston, Massachusetts. White was Eldridge's son-in-law who contnued to sell Eldridge's charts after his death until 1932. <br> ( Source: Guthorn, Peter. United State Coastal Charts: 1783 - 1861. Exton, Pennsylvania. 1984. p. 12. ). <br></br> Attribution reads: 'AUTHORIZED and PUBLISHED By Geo. W. Eldridge, Kelvin & Wilfrid O. White Co. 112 State Street, Boston. 38 Water Street, New York ' Number 49 in Eldridge's book of harbor charts.
4736Antique nautical birds-eye view of Boston and environsDetailsMurphy, John F.1915
Birds Eye View of Boston Harbor and South Shore to Provincetown
Murphy, John F.
1915
LOC:88
$275.00Murphy--John-F-Birds-Eye-View-of-Boston-Harbor-and-South-Shore-to-ProvincetownA fine, original, early 20th-century folding harbor excursion map of Boston Harbor ready for framing. This fine antique birds-eye view is bright, in great condition with no holes or tears as is common. <BR> </BR> Coverage includes South Boston, Nantasket Beach, Hough's Neck, South Bay, Pleasure Bay, Boston Harbor, Dorchester Bay, Quincy Bay, Hingham, Squantum, and Cape Cod Bay to Provincetown. Verso is blank. Index on inside cover with 35 points of interest keyed on the map. <BR> </BR> Published by Union News Company , South Station, Boston, Massachusetts. Price is noted on the front cover as "10 cents". Manuscript owner's name on cover, detached but present.
1352Large 4' x 3' road map of south New England with ads.DetailsBullard Company, The1916
Huge road map of New England with early advertisements
Bullard Company, The
1916
LOC:0
$65.00Bullard-Company--TheHuge-road-map-of-New-England-with-early-advertisementsLarge antique advertising-related 4' x 3' road map of south New England from the beginning of the age of automobile travel. Coverage extends from New York and Albany in the west to Cape Ann and Nantucket in the east. Includes Boston, Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard, Block Island Sound, Rhode Island and Long Island Sound. Copyrighted 1916 by the Bullard Company, 44 Cornhill, Boston. A fine piece for the man-cave. (Yard-stick shown for size estimation, not included). <br></br> Inset advertising and related photographs and numerous closeup circular maps of key areas including: Fall River, Marblehead, New London, Concord, Plymouth, and Cape Cod. Overstamp reads: "Compliments of the Hotel Raymond. Fitchburg, Mass.". <br></br> Verso with advertisements and numerous tables of related information including distances and census data. Orginal envelope included.
4771Antique chart of Nantucket, Mass. and Nantucket Sound.DetailsU.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey1916
Nantucket Sound Massachusetts
U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey
1916
LOC:53
$1,200.00U-S--Coast-and-Geodetic-SurveyNantucket-Sound-MassachusettsFine antique engraved nautical chart first issued in 1915 covers the southeast portion of Cape Cod trending south and includes Hyannis Harbor, Tuckernuck Island and the islands of Nantucket, Monomoy, Chatham and eastern Nantucket Sound. <br></br> This bright antique chart bears a stamp at the bottom right in black ink that identifies this edition as corrected to May 29, 1916. Plate number 3446 for this 1915 ed. replaced the previous edition of 1909 which used plate number 2999. With the circular logo of the Department of Commerce and Labor. Chart number 111.
847Antique nautical chart by Eldridge of Block Island Sound and NewportDetailsEldridge, George W.1917
Antique chart of Block Island Sound between Montauk and Martha's Vineyard
Eldridge, George W.
1917
LOC:0
$600.00Eldridge--George-W-Antique-chart-of-Block-Island-Sound-between-Montauk-and-Martha-s-VineyardAntique nautical chart by Eldridge of Block Island Sound with portions of coastal New York, Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island. Coverage on this maritime chart of New England includes Montauk Point on Long Island, Gardiners Island, Fishers Island, Block Island, Point Judith, Cuttyhunk Island, and Nashawena Island. Towns include: New London, Connecticut; Stonington, Maine; Newport, Rhode Island; and Westport Point, Massachusetts. Inset plan of Block Island Harbor at upper center. Near Newport, Rhode Island chart detail includes the Brenton Reef Light Ship, Fort Adams, Beavertail Point, Coasters Harbor Island, and Rose Island. <br></br> Newport, Rhode Island has a long association with sea trade, piracy, and naval history. During the colonial era the major financial activity in Rhode Island was the slave trade and Newport was at the the center of that commerce. One of the first outward American acts of defiance against the British government took place on the north end of Goat Island in Newport harbor. In May, 1769 a mob of Rhode Islanders sank and burned the British revenue sloop HMS Liberty in retaliation for British seizures of American vessels. <br></br> This antique chart was produced under the name of George Washington Eldridge (1845-1914) who carried on the business of chart publishing after the death of his father George Eldridge in 1900. It was published by Wilfrid O. White of Boston, Massachusetts. White was Eldridge's son-in-law who contnued to sell Eldridge's charts after his death until 1932. <br></br> Guthorn explains the atraction and value that Eldridge's charts held through the years for seafarers who depended on them: <div class="indenttextblock"> "They survived because of good design, simplicity, omission of extraneous shore topography, legible soundings, notes and the use of compass courses only ( Guthorn, Peter. United State Coastal Charts: 1783 - 1861. Exton, Pennsylvania. 1984. p. 12. )." </div>
1005Antique nautical birds-eye view Boston Harbor and surrounding area.DetailsFinn, W.J.1917
Birdseye View of Boston Harbor by Union News Co.
Finn, W.J.
1917
LOC:200
$240.00Finn--W-J-Birdseye-View-of-Boston-Harbor-by-Union-News-Co-Folding antique colored harbor excursion map from ca. 1917 of South Boston, Boston Harbor, Dorchester Bay, Quincy Bay, and Cape Cod Bay to Provincetown. This colorful survivor shows steamship routes to coastal towns and identifies many nearby islands. <br></br> This map could have been purchased by passengers aboard any steamboat plying the routes shown on the map including: <div class="indenttextblock"> <ul style="list-style-type: circle;"> <li>To Europe</li> <li>To Provincetown</li> <li>To Plymouth</li> <li>To Nantasket</li> <li>To New York</li> </ul> </div> Legend at bottom identifies numerous islands and other features as a sample below illustrates: <div class="indenttextblock"> <ul style="list-style-type: circle;"> <li>Nixes Mate</li> <li>Snake Island</li> <li>Commonwealth Pier</li> <li>Minots Light</li> <li>Rowes Wharf</li> </ul> </div> Without the advertisements sometimes found on the cover. Price is noted on the front as "10 cents".
4808Lithographed map of Boston, Massachusetts by Walker .DetailsWalker Lithograph and Publishing Company1925
Attractive lithographed map of Boston, Mass
Walker Lithograph and Publishing Company
1925
LOC:53
$180.00Walker-Lithograph-and-Publishing-CompanyAttractive-lithographed-map-of-Boston--MassFine lithographed map of Boston, Massachusetts by Walker Lithographers and Publishers, 400 Newbury Street, Boston. In a style easily recognizable as Walker's. Attractive appearance with variously-shaped red and green lines identifying surface lines, subway lines, elevated lines, and tunnels , all explained in a key at the bottom right corner. Parks and common lands are identified with solid green. <br></br> Shows the beginnings of a municipal airport ("airplane landing field") on the East Boston Flats where Logan's Field now stands. Map contains two helpful lists: "places of amusement" and "places of historical and general interest." Includes numerous piers and docks along with significant portions of South Bay, the Charles River, the Mystic River and Chelsea River. <br></br> Folding pocket map folds to a simple brown card-stock cover 3" x 5". Cover states this as "Walker's Vest Pocket Map of Boston" with an address as 390 Newbury Street, different from the address on the map at 400 Newbury Street. <br></br> Undated but based on known dates for the airport construction and some of the subway stations, the estimated publishing date for this piece is ca. 1925.
1144Fine bird's eye map of Boston Harbor and surrounding region.DetailsWalker Lithograph and Publishing Company1927
Birds-eye View of Boston Harbor ca. 1927
Walker Lithograph and Publishing Company
1927
LOC:0
$295.00Walker-Lithograph-and-Publishing-CompanyBirds-eye-View-of-Boston-Harbor-ca--1927Bird's-eye map of Boston Harbor and surrounding region to the east. This folding pocket map is Walker's earliest view of Boston with the new airport, constructed in 1923, that would eventually become Logan International Airport. At far upper right are the yards of the <b>Fore River Ship and Engine Company</b> with two vessels shown under construction. <br></br> Numerous steamers, sailboats, and sailing ships are shown underway in the waters offshore Boston, Massachusetts; Winthrop and Spectacle Island. This edition of Walker's map only shows steamer routes for the <b>Nantasket Beach Line Steamers</b> to Nantasket Beach and other points to the east. <br></br> The map extends from the coastal area of East and South Boston across the water to the main ship channel and the Boston Light. It locates Winthrop, Thompson's Island, Moon Island, Deer Island, Nahant, Green Island, the Brewster Islands, Strawberry Hill, Fort Warren, Hough's Neck and much more. Several key streets are identified within Boston: Atlantic Avenue, Freeport, Summer Street, Broadway, Dorchester Street, and State Street to name a few. <br></br> Copyright Walker Lithograph and Publishing Company, Boston. <br></br> Single-color chromolithograph. The bird's eye map folds into manilla board cover titled "Boston Harbor" in manuscript. Map is attached to the cover as issued. Cover apparently made by the seller whose stamp appears on the cover in red ink: "H.A. Shepard and Company. Stationers 50 - 52 Cornhill Boston". Price in manuscript: 15 cents. An unusual find!
5274A Map of Plum Island for Annie H. Brown Sanctuary.DetailsPepin, A. L.1931
Map Plum Island Annie H. Brown Wild Life Sanctuary
Pepin, A. L.
1931
LOC:10
$550.00Pepin--A--L-Map-Plum-Island-Annie-H--Brown-Wild-Life-SanctuaryAn unrecorded cyanotype (blueprint) map of Plum Island from 1931 related to early conservation efforts on the Massachusetts coast. The map shows the location of land purchased for the Annie H. Brown Wildlife Sanctuary and several adjacent properties proposed for purchase. <br></br> Plum Island is a New England barrier island that lies on the coast of Massachusetts about two miles from Newburyport, Mass. Plum Island, 11 miles in length, is named for the beach plum shrubs that grow in the dunes. The North Point of the island is located at the mouth of Newburyport Harbor, where the Atlantic Ocean meets the Merrimack River. <br></br> Legend at bottom describes seven numbered tracts of land on the map: <div class="indenttextblocksingle"> <ul style="list-style-type: circle;"> <li>300 acres - Annie H. Brown Wildlife Sanctuary.</li> <li>110 acres - Land of Knobbs Beach Associates.</li> <li>225 acres - Land of Woodworth.</li> <li>90 acres - Land of Stafford.</li> <li>75 acres Land of Clement.</li> <li>400 acres - Land of Bar Island realty Company.</li> <li>3 acres - Land of Small.</li> </ul> </div> Annie Hamilton Brown, a resident of Stoneham, willed a sum of between $15,000 and $25,000 to the Federation of the Bird Clubs of New England in 1929. Working with the Massachusetts Audubon Society, the federation was able to purchase most of the southern end of Plum Island for a wildlife sanctuary. In 1943, the Audubon Society sold the 1,600 acre sanctuary to the Federal Government who merged the land into the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge. This item includes the original fund-raising transmittal letter and return envelope from the Federation of the Bird Clubs of New England, Inc. Laurance B. Fletcher, Secretary; Boston, Massachusetts. <br></br>
5107America's Cup chart in Newport Block Island & Marthas Vineyard, 1937.DetailsClegg, Ernest1937
Chart of the Waters between Newport Block Island and Marthas Vineyard
Clegg, Ernest
1937
LOC:88
$155.00Clegg--ErnestChart-of-the-Waters-between-Newport-Block-Island-and-Marthas-VineyardDecorative chart of the waters between Newport, Rhode Island, Block Island, & Marthas Vineyard, Massachusetts for the America's Cup races in 1937, after Ernest Clegg. Contains historical information and boat images for previous America's Cup races. Side panel with an explanation of the chart. Ropework outline. Reduced size, not engraved and printed by Beck. <br></br> Ernest Clegg (1876-1954) was a yachtsman, calligrapher, graphic designer, and cartographer. Among numerous other works, Clegg designed a series of three decorative charts recording the America's Cup Races off Newport, RI in 1930, 1934 and 1937. <br></br> From the August 7, 1937 issue of the Illustrated London News.
3629Detailed mid 20th-century manuscript chart of Cape Cod.DetailsNickerson, K.F.1955
Manuscript chart of Cape Cod, Massachusetts Bay, Provincetown
Nickerson, K.F.
1955
LOC:200
$450.00Nickerson--K-F-Manuscript-chart-of-Cape-Cod--Massachusetts-Bay--ProvincetownAn interesting manuscript chart of Cape Cod and Cape Cod Bay in black and red ink. Not only does the chart have a different look than a printed chart but the item raises questions as to why so much care was placed on its creation. Signed by K.F. Nickerson and dated to February 1955. <br></br> Detailed mid 20th-century manuscript chart of Cape Cod, Massachusetts Bay and Cape Cod Bay. The MS chart is drawn on the verso of an earlier chart from 1935. Nickerson apparently cannibalized an old chart simply to create his chart on the back. We don't know why Nickerson spent so much time on the chart but it is evident he spent hours meticulously copying from an unknown source. Perhaps the map was constructed for sale as a tourist keepsake. More likely it had some utility to Nickerson in his occupation, because the chart detail is at a granular level that could be used for navigation. <br></br> Contains info on radio beacons, depth soundings, maritime hazards, aids to navigation and much more. Scale 1/2 inch = 1 mile.
4928Pictorial map advertisement for computer networking.DetailsDigital Equipment Corporation1972
Early Pictorial Map Advertising ARPA Network pre-Internet
Digital Equipment Corporation
1972
LOC:88
$275.00Digital-Equipment-CorporationEarly-Pictorial-Map-Advertising-ARPA-Network-pre-InternetI'll see your Timothy Edward Downs and raise you 20. <br /><br /> Very early pictorial map advertisement for Digital Equipment Corporation or DEC, for their DEC10 Supercomputer as a key part of the ARPA network. With the introduction of the TCP-IP protocols, ARPANET grew rapidly in size and within less than 20 years evolved into the Internet. <br /><br /> ARPA stands for Advanced Research Projects Agency, a U.S. Defense Department agency responsible for leading-edge technical research. Beginning in 1967, by 1969 the ARPANET network interconnected four supercomputers, in 1970 - 9 supercomputers and by 1972 - 24 supercomputers . <br /><br /> The ad shows the location of ARPANET supercomputers, generally large universities and research institutions; the interconnections between those supercomputers; and the data exchanged between the computers. <br /><br /> In the early 1970's networking concepts were poorly understood and the artist uses common pictograms as metaphors as an aid to understanding. Without exception each university/research Supercomputing center is represented by old white men in suits, most with ties (NASA Ames the exception). Names of each institution appears on the outstretched arms of the old white men as they extend into the cube of another institution with an old white man. By Digital Equipment Corporation, Maynard, Massachusetts, run by old white men in the 1970's.
5270Manuscript map of tribes Massachusetts, Rhode Island.DetailsGriffin, J. Eve1997
Manuscript map of tribes Massachusetts, Rhode Island
Griffin, J. Eve
1997
LOC:10
$280.00Griffin--J--EveManuscript-map-of-tribes-Massachusetts--Rhode-IslandManuscript map, artwork for the book "Two Paths in the Wilderness" by Ellen Eaton Wilson, published in 1997. The book, about King Philip's War, included the Wampanoag Indians of Rhode Island and the first organized resistance of American Indians to English intrusion on their homelands. This map is the first of two similar MS maps in our inventory by Griffin. <br></br> The map, drawn by J. Eve Griffin, is reproduced in the book. Map includes the states of Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island with the locations shown for native American Indian tribes: Nipmucks, Narragansett, and Wampanoags.
5271Manuscript map of tribes Massachusetts, Rhode Island.DetailsGriffin, J. Eve1997
Manuscript map of Connecticut Massachusetts Rhode Island
Griffin, J. Eve
1997
LOC:10
$280.00Griffin--J--EveManuscript-map-of-Connecticut-Massachusetts-Rhode-IslandManuscript map, artwork for the book "Two Paths in the Wilderness" by Ellen Eaton Wilson, published in 1997. The book, about King Philip's War, included the Wampanoag Indians of Rhode Island and the first organized resistance of American Indians to English intrusion on their homelands. This map is the second of two similar MS maps in our inventory by Griffin. <br></br> The map, drawn by J. Eve Griffin, is reproduced in the book. Map includes the states of Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island with several of the small towns identified including Deerfield, Hadley, Marlboro, Mt. Hope, and Simsbury.