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Bellin Boston Bay
Jacques N. Bellin. "Carte de la Baye de Baston [sic]. Situé dans la Nouvelle Angleterre." Paris: J.N. Bellin, 1764. From Le Petit Atlas Maritime. 8 1/4 x 6 3/8. Engraving. Original hand color. Small stain. Otherwise, excellent condition.

A map of Boston Bay by Jacques Nicolas Bellin. The major towns around the bay, Chelsea to Hingham, are indicated as are the main rivers emptying into the bay. Also shown are the many islands and soundings throughout. $500

Colton Boston
"Colton's Boston and Adjacent Cities." New York: G.W. & C.B. Colton, 1855. 14 x 11 1/4. Lithograph. Full original hand-coloring. Full margins. Excellent condition.

In the mid-nineteenth century, the center of map publishing in America moved from Philadelphia to New York. The Colton publishing firm played a large role in this shift. This map of Boston, with its fine detail, is a strong example of their successful work. The map presents the area of downtown Boston today. The major mode of transportation was the new and vibrant railroad system that was growing at the time. An attractive map as well as a worthwhile historical document. $375

"Boston and Adjacent Cities." Philadelphia: O.W. Gray, 1881. Detailed double-page map of Boston. 16 1/4 x 22. Lithograph with hand color. Excellent condition. $275

"Boston." From Indexed Atlas Of The World. Chicago: Rand, McNally & Co., [1898]-1899. 19 x 26. Cerograph. Full original color. Very good condition.

A late nineteenth century map from the early days of the Rand, McNally & Co. firm out of Chicago, a company that would shift the center of cartographic publishing from the east coast to the mid-west. Typical of the work from the firm, this map has very good detail, precisely and neatly exhibited. Topographic and social information, counties, roads, and many more details are illustrated. By the end of the nineteenth century, development in the state is shown extending up into the pan handle and to the west. Railroad information is also presented. Aesthetically and cartographically a foreshadow of the maps of the twentieth century. $175

"Rand McNally Standard Map of Boston and Vicinity." From the Commercial Atlas of America. Chicago: Rand McNally & Co., ca. 1905. 26 x 19. Color printed cerograph. With inset map showing the "Business Portion of Boston." Large double-page map with center fold as issued. $145


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