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Number: 2454
Continent: North America
Place Names: Boston
Year of Origin: 1796
Title: A Plan of Boston, from actual Survey, by Osgood Carleton. 1796.
Language: English
Publish Origin: Boston
Height: 14.0
Size Class.: Medium
Color Type: No Color
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Cartographer: Osgood Carleton
Engraver: Samuel Hall
Publisher: The Boston Directory
John West
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Notes: according to Krieger and Cobb, "the first detailed map of the town since the Revolutionary era." Though relatively small, the map provides full detail of the streets, wharves and public buildings of the Boston peninsula at the end of the 18th century. The map, engraved by Samuel Hill, was published in John West's The Boston Directory beginning with the Directory's second (1796) edition. The map appeared with minor or no changes in the 1798 and 1800 editions of the Directory. Osgood Carleton was one of the most prominent American cartographers of the period. In addition to producing several maps of Boston, Carleton authored large maps of Massachusetts and the then-District of Maine in the late 1700s and early 1800s. Carleton's imprimatur was also added to the charts of Matthew Clark's early American sea atlas. Krieger and Cobb: Mapping Boston: p. 189. Boston Engineering Department, List of Maps of Boston Published Subsequent to 1600: p. 83. Laid down on Japanese tissue to close fold separations and reattach separated upper right corner. Right margin extended where originally trimmed for binding; portion of right outer neat line in manuscript. Residual soiling. 14 1/8 x 8 1/4 in.
Last updated: Nov 17, 2013