New England


Rare wall map of New England celebrating the Boston Tea Party.

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This attractive wall map covers the northeastern states of Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine – the region colloquially known as New England. A relatively simple image is colored by county and shows settlements, prominent geographic features, and transportation routes throughout. State seals are shown in the upper left.

A border of illustrations harkening back to New England’s colonial past surrounds the map, though depicted scenes are certainly selective history. The decorative title cartouche also references prior events, and features a large portrait of John Hancock, along with his distinctive signature. Immediately behind is a vignette showing the events of the Boston Tea Party, in which nearly 100,000 pounds of tea (about $1 million worth) were dropped into the city’s harbor on the evening of December 16, 1773.

The map was engraved by Lossing-Barbiti and published in New York by Ensign & Thayer in 1848. This particular year is scarce, with only one other market record available for the past ten years (that I can find), and no entries in OCLC. The 1847 and 1849 issues appear to be slightly more common.

Map Details

Publication Date: 1848

Author: Ensign & Thayer

Sheet Width (in): 26.50

Sheet Height (in): 30.75

Condition: A-

Condition Description: Single sheet wall map professionally restored and mounted on new linen and affixed to old, black wooden rollers. Moderate discoloration is visible in the negative spaces and several old cracks, now repaired, remain visible throughout the image. Small bits of paper loss can be seen along a few examples, notably in the eagle at the top center. Good, sturdy condition, with attractive hand color that is likely original.


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