Boston Its Environs and Harbour, with the Rebel Works Raised. Thomas PAGE, William FADEN.

Boston Its Environs and Harbour, with the Rebel Works Raised

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PAGE, Thomas and FADEN, William. Boston Its Environs and Harbour, with the Rebel Works Raised against That Town in 1775, from the Observations of Lieut. Page of His Majesty's Corps of Engineers, and from the Plans of Capt. Montresor. [London]: Engraved & Publish'd by Wm. Faden, 1st. Octr. 1778. Engraved map on two sheets, measuring 21? x 26 inches and 21? x 10? inches. Total size of the map: 21? x 36? inches. Old folds. Mild offsetting from folding, a bit of dustsoling, light even tanning. Contemporary manuscript annotation on verso. Very good. Stevens & Tree, "Comparative Cartography" 7A(b), in Tooley, The Mapping of America. Guthorn, British Maps of the American Revolution, p.37, 80.33. Nebenzahl, Battle Plans of the American Revolution 21 (note). OCLC 5564624. Ristow, Cartography of the Battle of Bunker Hill, p.265-66. This variant has only appeared at auction once in the past century; OCLC lists 14 copies. An important and very scarce printing of a map of Boston drawn by British lieutenant Thomas Hyde Page, who was severely wounded at Bunker Hill, which draws on the surveys of Captain John Montresor. It is an expanded version of William Faden's A Plan of the Town of 1775, which was originally published in Faden's North American Atlas in 1777. The present map, published 1 October 1778, contains the same detailed plan of Boston, but shows the larger area around the city, giving a clear idea of the placement of the rebellious American forces around Roxbury, Cambridge, and Dorchester. "Rebel lines" are shown between Roxbury and Dorchester Neck, with a note of "work begun" on Dorchester Hill. The expanded map also extends quite far eastward, showing Nachant Point, Natasket Head, Broad Sound, and many of the islands of Boston Harbor including the Light House and the Brewsters. William Faden (1749-1836) was the leading British map publisher of his time, and royal geographer to King George III.

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