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Thursday, July 21, 2011

Map of the Day: “Barnstable, Dukes, and Nantucket Counties, Massachusetts” Henry Francis Walling (1825-1888)

“Barnstable, Dukes, and Nantucket Counties, Massachusetts”
Lithograph with original hand color
Published by D.R. Smith & Co., Boston 1858
Paper Size: 59” x 64”

This fantastic large scale map of the counties of Barnstable, Dukes and Nantucket, Massachusetts, is based on details from actual surveys under the direction of Superintendent Henry F. Walling. It was published in Boston by D.R. Smith & Co. in 1858 and features Cape Cod, Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard. It is the first complete view to show who lived in each of the 20 towns of the three counties, showing all private homes with names of property owners, as well as sites of businesses, schools, churches, cemeteries, and industries. Boat builders and masters of vessels are also listed.

Town and village maps are displayed throughout the work, such as insets of Hyannis, Wellfleet, Falmouth, Provincetown Village, and Nantucket among many others. Statistical tables are given as well as directories, pictorial illustrations of prominent sites, and geological insets. Relief off of the coastline is shown by hachure. Rare and exceptionally hard to come by, examples of this incredible wall map can be found at the Harvard University Library and the Dukes County Historical Society in Edgartown, Massachusetts.
 





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