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Sanborn Map Company / revisions by “Lennox”, HARVARD UNIVERSITY INCLUDING MISCELLANEOUS PROPERTY CAMBRIDGE, MASS. 1940[.] CORRECTED TO APR. 1943. [New York]: Sanborn Map Company, 1940/43.

Extraordinary Sanborn atlas of Harvard University

A marvelous and very rare fire insurance atlas of Harvard University, published in 1940 by the Sanborn Map Company and with pasted-on updates to 1943. This atlas consists of a key map and 13 single-page maps, each ca. 25” by 21” and executed at the colossal scale of 50 feet to the inch. In aggregate […]

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Attractive plan of America’s first “rural cemetery”

This attractive plan depicts America’s first “rural cemetery” in great detail, including topographical features, the many paths (all with botanical names such as “Oak Avenue” and “Anemone Path”), and nearly 1200 burial plots. Appealing vignettes at the lower left depict the Cemetery’s neo-Egyptian entrance and—to emphasize the location’s recreational value—a couple strolling along a grassy […]

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Wonderful wall map of Cambridge, Mass.

A richly-detailed and difficult to find map of Cambridge, Massachusetts. The map’s very large scale enabled Walling to portray enormous detail, including the street network; railroad lines; public buildings, dwellings and other structures; and the names of significant landowners. Symbols differentiate the varied topography of hills, woodland, gardens and parks, and marshes and swamps. Of […]

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Wall map of Boston in 1835

Boston in 1835–rare wall map with pictorial vignettes

An informative, attractive and rare wall map of Boston in 1835, depicting the city at a time of rapid and transformational change in demographics, infrastructure and topography. This appealing and informative map depicts Boston and parts of Cambridge, Charlestown, East Boston, South Boston, Dorchester and Roxbury. By the 1870s all but Cambridge would be annexed […]

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Julius Hermann Kummer del. and lith., BIRD’S EYE VIEW OF HARVARD COLLEGE, AND OLD CAMBRIDGE. Boston: Prang & Mayer, 1858.

Lovely bird’s-eye view of Harvard College

A handsome view of Harvard College and surrounding areas of Cambridge. The image consists of a large bird’s-eye view of Harvard College and five smaller vignettes. The main view depicts the College as seen from the East, with Cambridge Common in the middle ground and the Charles River and Washington Tower atop Mt. Auburn Cemetery visible […]

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