A Map of the White Mountains of New Hampshire


An early and important topographical map of the White Mountains in New Hampshire.

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George Philips Bond was an American astronomer who first visited the mountainous region of New Hampshire in 1849. Surveys undertaken in 1850 and 1852 provided the information needed to create this first topographic map of the White Mountains, issued in 1853. Bond’s lack of formal training as a cartographer may explain the map’s more basic features – elevation is illustrated simply and rounded to the nearest hundred feet, there is no compass rose, and the names of Mount Washington and Mount Adams are reversed.

Despite it’s shortcomings, the map also shows transportation routes and inn locations, in addition to providing a distance table pasted in the back cover. These practical components would be of immense use to a visitor to the area, though one could argue that accurate topographical detail would also be helpful! On the verso of the map are four engravings of scenes from the White Mountains based on artwork by Benjamin Champney. While this would be Bond’s only cartographic endeavor, the artist Champney would continue his career and spearhead the development of a unique style known as White Mountain art.

Map Details

Publication Date: 1853

Author: George Bond & Benjamin Champney

Sheet Width (in): 18.50

Sheet Height (in): 15.80

Condition: C

Condition Description: The map is in rough, but presentable shape. Narrow margins along the left edge and separation/creasing along originally issued fold lines. One spot of staining present on the upper edge and minor offsetting in the negative space. An 8" tear enters the sheet on the left side and has old cellophane tape on the verso. The back cover of the original black cloth boards is still attached to the map - the front cover is separate, but present.