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Lot #672
Low Estimate$7,000.00
High Estimate$9,000.00
Last UpdatedOctober 11, 2019


Map of the Counties of Barnstable, Dukes and Nantucket Massachusetts". A very scarce and richly informative wall map. Depicts Nantucket, Edgartown, West Tisbury and Homes Hole (today Vineyard Haven) on Martha's Vineyard, and Chatham, Wellfleet, Provincetown, Hyannis, Truro Village and other locations on Cape Cod. Includes 40 inset maps and historic information such as business listings and locations of early industries, names of residents and the locations of their homes, early rail lines and roads, and early topographic and shoreline features. Seven vignettes about the perimeter, including two of Provincetown as seen in 1620 and 1858 and one of the Pacific Bank on Nantucket. Original rollers. Attractive original color, refreshed. Remounted on new linen and fully conserved. Approx. 60" x 56".
As Joseph Garver noted in Surveying the Shore: Historic Maps of Coastal Massachusetts, 1600-1930, p. 102-103, "Walling aimed for a comprehensive, almost encyclopedic overview of these three counties and their principal population centers." The map remains a valuable source of historic records, and the inset maps describe many communities in detail for the first time. "The map of the town of Nantucket, for instance, depicts a dense cluster of streets and properties and, in the immediate vicinity of the harbor, numerous candle manufacturers and oil sheds, boat shops, a bank, an inn, a bakery, the customhouse, a bowling alley and an abattoir- in fact, everything that he properly appointed port should contain in a compact space," Garver said. A possible reason for the scarcity of the map is the relatively small population of this area at the time would have resulted in a small print run to begin with."

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