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1869 - To his excellency William Burnet, esqr., this plan of Boston in New England is humbly dedicated by his excellencys most obedient and humble servant Will Burgiss - Antique Map

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Item number: BOS032
Genuine Antique Map


Maker: Burgiss/Johnson

Antique map of Boston as it was in 1728. This unusual map of Boston is an 1869 re-creation of the famous William Burgiss and Thomas Johnson map from 1728. The original is unobtainable. This re-creation is also quite rare on the market. Tim St. Onge wrote on the Library of Congress website, "One of the earliest maps of Boston in the collection is a 1728 map by William Burgis and Thomas Johnston that was produced for William Burnet, who was then the British colonial Governor of the Province of Massachusetts Bay. The map shows a dramatically different geography of Boston from the one we know today, with the peninsular city precariously connected to the mainland of Massachusetts by a narrow, fortified isthmus that became known as “Boston Neck.”" This map features a delightful array of ships in Boston Harbor, pictorial depictions of notable buildings and locations, and a lettered key under the decorative cartouche. The key includes the locations of "Great Fires" of Boston from 1653 to 1711. A marvelous addition to any Boston map collection with far more character than the modern reproductions. Good antique condition with some creases that will flatten, some small holes, and a few tiny spots. A small tear in lower right and a tight margin in lower right. Folds as issued. Measures approx. 10.75 x 14.25 inches to the neatline.

Item Number: BOS032