Eldridge, George W.
1914

Iconic Antique Chart of Provincetown, Mass.

Geo. W. Eldridge's Harbor Chart: Provincetown, Mass.

DESCRIPTION: 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.

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.

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.
( Source: Guthorn, Peter. United State Coastal Charts: 1783 - 1861. Exton, Pennsylvania. 1984. p. 12. ).

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.

CREATOR: Eldridge, George W.

PUBLICATION DATE: 1914

GEOGRAPHIC AREA: United States

BODY OF WATER: Cape Cod Bay

CONDITION: Very Good.  Clean on strong paper with adequate margins. Slightly grubby.

COLORING: Fine, attractive hand coloring.

ENGRAVER: 

SIZE: 19 " x 14 "

ITEM PHYSICAL LOCATION: 10

PRICE: $450

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