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Lot 1. MULTIPLE 19th C. survey lot and street plans CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts

A lot consisting of twenty-five mid 19th-century surveyors' manuscripts, lithographs, traces, and blueprints from Cambridge, Cambridgeport, and Somerville, Massachusetts.

DESCRIPTION: A 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. See full detailed lot description.

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.

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.

A very rare plan of the old Causeway stretching 3344 feet over wet marshland largely owned by Leonard Jarvis.

CREATOR: Multiple Authors




CONDITION: Very Good.  Items in the lot range from very good to poor condition. Visual inspection of the lot is encouraged.



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PRICE: $13650


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