Boston – With Beautiful Vignettes of Boston, the State House and Bunker Hill’s Monument.
London & New York, John Tallis & Company, 1851. Original steel engraving / Vintage map. Drawn and engraved by John Rapkin. Illustrated and Engraved by J. Watkins Plate Size: 32.5 cm x 26 cm. Sheet Size: 37.2 cm x 27.2 cm. Vintage 19th century map in very good condition.
Published in the Illustrated Atlas, And Modern History Of The World Geographical, Political, Commercial & Statistical, Edited By R. Montgomery Martin.
Handsome town-plan of Boston, Massachusetts. The Charles River can be seen running between Boston and Charlestown. South Boston and East Boston are also included within Boston Harbour. Parts of Cambridge are also visible. The map covers downtown Boston prior to the Back Bay landfill projects, extending from Dover Street to the Charles River. Railway, street and district areas of the city are also included. Decorative scrolling and title cartouche around the edges of the map.
The project of ‘The Illustrated Atlas’ was designed to be finished just in time for the anxiously awaited “Great Exhibition of the Works of Industry of All Nations” or The Great Exhibition, sometimes referred to as the Crystal Palace Exhibition in reference to the temporary structure in which it was held, was an international exhibition that took place in Hyde Park, London, from 1 May to 11 October 1851. It was the first in a series of World’s Fairs, exhibitions of culture and industry that became popular in the 19th century, and it was a much-anticipated event.
The Great Exhibition was organized by Henry Cole and Prince Albert, husband of the reigning monarch, Queen Victoria. It was attended by numerous notable figures of the time, including Charles Darwin, Samuel Colt, members of the Orléanist Royal Family and the writers Charlotte Brontë, Charles Dickens, Lewis Carroll, George Eliot and Alfred Tennyson. Music for the opening was under the direction of Sir George Thomas Smart and the continuous music from the exhibited organs for the Queen’s procession was “under the superintendence of William Sterndale Bennett”. (Wikipedia)