1820 - Plan of Boston - Antique Map

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Item number: MAS1817
Genuine Antique Hand Colored Map

c. 1820

Maker: Unknown.


Antique hand colored map showing the plan of Boston, Massachusetts. This rare early map shows Boston at an interesting point in its development. The filling of the Mill Pond area was completed in 1828 and this map may have been published earlier than 1828 to demonstrate the end result of that 21 year long effort. The Boston Roxbury Mill Dam, seen in this map, was built in 1814 with a toll road built on the top. Fort Hill still exists in this map, although in 1833 it was cut down and the soil used to fill in the South cove. Includes most street names and bridges, as well as some points of interest (e.g. court house, state house, Boylston Market, etc.) Maker unknown, c. 1820. This map looks similar to MAS2252, however close inspection reveals changes in the city between the two. The most remarkable is the creation of Quincy Market. On this 1820 map, Market Square with Faneuil Hall is show with wharves coming right up to it. On the 1827 map, the wharves have been filled and in their place are North and South Market Street and the Market House, now Quincy Market. Good condition with light overall toning, heavy creasing, some paper loss at fold intersections, some spots or foxing, and some roughing/paper loss at the outer edges of the antique paper. Measures approximately 14" x 8.75" to the neatline.


Item Number: MAS1817