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BRM2508 Baker_Tilden Boston_lowresHenry Walling was perhaps the most accomplished and interesting American mapmaker of the mid-late 19th century, in no small part because of his prolific output:  Between 1848 and 1888 he produced perhaps 150 large-scale, separately-issued maps of American towns and counties; several seminal state maps; numerous state and county atlases; and many maps for the U.S. Geological Survey.  But arguably his greatest impact was as a serial innovator.  He helped pioneer new models of partnership between commercial, local, state and Federal mapping enterprises; demonstrated that commercial mapmakers could produce high-quality, low-cost maps by drawing on the work of government scientific agencies; was a leading advocate of applying geodetic survey methods and tools to local and regional surveys; and catalyzed the first topographical (i.e., three dimensional) survey of an American state.

To learn more about Walling’s long and fruitful career, see our article “Henry F. Walling and the Mapping of New England’s Towns, 1849-1857.”



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A mammoth map of Rhode Island

A superb, monumental and decorative map of Rhode Island by the preeminent New England mapmaker of the 19th century. Offered here in a rare and unusual variant with added text panels. At one mile to the inch, Walling’s is by far the largest map of the state produced for its time. The scale allows for […]

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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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Rare H.F. Walling plan of Bath, Maine

An attractive and terrifically informative map of this important town on the Kennebec, famous for producing more than 5000 wooden ships since the 18th century. The map is very rare, and we have located but two examples held by American institutions, with none in Maine. Walling’s map depicts the center of Bath at a terrific […]

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A monumental map of Essex County, Massachusetts

Striking map of Essex County, Massachusetts, surrounded by dozens of inset town plans (detailing streets and individual dwellings), an inset geological map, several business directories, a table of distances and vignettes of important landmarks. One of a small percentage of examples that were never varnished, and consequently offered here with vibrant original color. In the 1850s […]

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