Maker: A. Williams & Co.
Antique hand-colored map of Boston and vicinity, published by A. Williams & Co., c. 1875. This map has a title that indicates that it shows proposed rural parks, however it seems that the version published by Williams & Co was adjusted and does not reflect the title. It could be that Williams purchased the printing plate for this map from Bowditch, creating a folding pocket map of the Boston area. An example of the version with the parks can be found on the NY Public Library's website. Bowditch was an architecture consultant, surveyor, and landscape gardener. He frequently worked with Frederick Law Olmsted, Sr. and John Charles Olmsted, often as a surveyor or draftsman. This map is colored by town with bright red lines indicating counties. It shows Boston in the middle of the filling of Back Bay fill. Large gaps with proposed roads dotted overtop remain. A previous owner has written in delicate lines of red pen a route of some sort that takes a circuitous route from Chestnut Hill to Forest Hills. This map is in fair antique condition with some spots and stains, separations at the fold intersections that can be archivally repaired, and some damage where the corner of the booklet cover came through the map. With folds as issued. Attached to booklet cover, but may be able to be removed or have the cover folded back for framing. Measures approx. 17 x 25 inches to the neatline.
Item Number: TOW669