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[George Callender, surveyor] [A Chart of the Harbour of Boston, Composed from Different Surveys, but Principally from that Taken in 1769, by Mr George Callender, Late Master of His Majesty’s Ship Romney.] [London]: J[oseph] F[rederick] W[allet] Des Barres, August 5, 1775.

The finest 18th-century chart of Boston Harbor, from “The Atlantic Neptune”

The finest 18th-century chart of Boston Harbor in a desirable later state, with the addition of the extensive American fortifications erected during the 1775 siege. For its combination of accuracy and visual appeal this chart has never been surpassed. The chart depicts the environs of Boston, Boston Harbor and much of the coastline between Nahant […]

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John G[roves] Hales (mapmaker and publisher) / Edwin Gillingham Sc[ulpsit] / J. Coffin Pr[inter], MAP OF BOSTON AND ITS VICINITY From Actual Survey BY JOHN G. HALES. Boston: John G. Hales and Philadelphia: John Melish, 1819.

Superb map of the Boston area by John G. Hales

A most important 1819 map of the Greater Boston area by John G. Hales. Though little known today, Hales deserves a place among the first rank of early American surveyors and map makers. Hales’ wonderful map depicts the region encompassing Beverly to the northeast, Scituate to the southeast, and Natick, East Sudbury &c. to the […]

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Boston before the Revolution

An early printed plan of Boston, being a reduced French edition of John Bonner’s New Plan of ye Great Town of BOSTON in New England (1722). This plan provides a complete street plan of the town, and an alphanumeric legend indicates the twelve wards as well as twelve places of worship. The town’s defenses are […]

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The cutting down of Boston’s Beacon Hill

With their focus on the epic process of filling in Boston’s many coves and inlets, most discussions of the history of the city’s topographical history are, literally speaking, two dimensional. Often neglected is the tale of the city’s vertical diminishment through the cutting down of the three-peaked ridge (the “Tremontane”) that once bisected the Shawmut […]

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