The town of Boston in New England
- The town of Boston in New England
Bonner's map depicts Boston before centuries of landfill transformed its coastline. His distinctive design combines plan and perspective views to convey maximum information and achieve decorative effect. It shows clearly the patterns of settlement, dense in the North End and along Cornhill and King Streets but thinning toward the south and west. The abundance of wharves, shipyards and ropewalks reflects Boston's flourishing maritime economy. Captain Bonner was more comfortable drawing sailing vessels than topography: the shipping in the harbor is carefully rendered, whereas simple bumps near the Common represent the "Trimontane" that once dominated the town.
- Bonner, John, ca. 1643-1726
- Price, William, fl. 1725-1769
- Dewing, Francis, fl. 1716-1722
- Name on Item:
by Capt. John Bonner.
Boston Public Library
Norman B. Leventhal Map Center
- Collection (local):
Norman B. Leventhal Map Center Collection
Boston (Mass.)--Maps--Early works to 1800
Boston, Mass :
Exhibited: "Made in Boston" organized by the Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library, 2013-2014.
Oriented with north toward the upper right.
Index: A-M. a-h.
"Aetatis suae 80" under author's name.
"Engraven and printed by Fra. Dewing. Boston N.E. 1722 Sold by Capt. John Bonner and Willm. Price against ye Town House where may be had all sorts of prints, mapps &c."
Boston Public Library copy is an original, previously unrecorded state. Christ Church, fig. "M," is a unique addition to the index. Date of map is between 1723 and 1733.
- 1 map ; 43 x 59 cm.
Scale [ca. 1:5,760].
- Call #:
G3764.B6 1723 .B66
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