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Universal Magazine for 1774 rare Boston Map  

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A New and Accurate Plan of the Town of Boston, in New England [on sheet with] A New Plan of Boston Harbor, from an Actual Survey [in] The Universal Magazine of Knowledge and Pleasure, Volume LIV & LV



John Hinton



Both maps on a single folding sheet, overall 30.5x36.5 cm (12x14½"). In a bound volume of all 12 issues for 1774. [2], ii, 3-380, [4]; [2], 379, [5] pp. 40 engraved plates, several folding, including the map. (8vo) 21.5x13.5 cm (8½x5¼") original calf-backed marbled boards, red morocco label.

An uncommon map, issued just prior to the outbreak of the Revolutionary War. The two maps on one sheet; one a plan of Boston, the other a view of the harbor. The city plan is well-detailed with graphic depictions of the Liberty Tree, Powder House and Beacon Hill. The Liberty Tree, an elm tree located at about Washington and Essex Streets, and used as a meeting place by the Sons of Liberty, a group formed after the Stamp Act of 1765. The tree was attacked by British Loyalists in 1775 and burned, but it remained a popular symbol encouraging other colonialists to erect Liberty poles that were hung with flags depicting the Liberty Tree. The harbor plan shows soundings and numerous islands, along with the city and several scattered settlements in the area. The January issue contains an account of the Boston Tea Party, reprinted from the Boston Gazette.

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Map detached from volume and with some irregular creasing, faint offsetting and some wear; volume with some wear; very good.

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