Boston Massachusetts
Alva Scott Garfield, c. 1950s-60s
Boston Pictorial Map
detail
Alva Scott Garfield (designed and drawn by)
A Scott-Map of Boston Massachusetts
Scott-Maps, Concord, Massachusetts: c. 1950s-60s
Color photo process print
20.5 x 27 inches, image
21.5 x 27.5 inches, overall
$375

Colorful pictorial map of Boston, Massachusetts. Historic buildings and other attractions are shown with illustrations, including the Custom House, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston University, Christian Science Mother Church and the Franklin Institute. The 1851 clipper ship the Flying Cloud is in the harbor. Other illustrations featured are "The Sacred Cod," shown as a golden cod fish, and crew rowers and a fanciful mermaid in the Charles River. The map is lettered with information and quotations related to Boston's history. The cartouche includes the quip, "And this is good old Boston, The home of the bean & the cod; Where the Lowells speak only to Cabots, And the Cabots speak only to God." The decorative border features whimsically expressive cod fishes between jugs of Boston baked beans. The Old John Hancock Tower, built in 1947, is shown.

Alva Scott Garfield designed, drew and published colorful pictorial maps of New England during the 1950s and 1960s. Based in Madison, New Hampshire, and Concord, Massachusetts, Garfield produced maps that were connected to nearby areas rich in historical interest: Boston, the Harvard University campus, Concord, Salem and the White Mountains. The maps are historically oriented and annotated throughout with facts and quotations from important historical figures. Events related to colonial history and the American Revolution are frequently highlighted. Important buildings are drawn in bird's-eye style. Garfield's maps include whimsical touches such as mermaids in the waters and decorative borders related to the locale. The maps in our inventory were recently rediscovered in a warehouse in New Hampshire, accounting for their very good uncirculated condition.

Condition: Generally very good with the usual light overall toning, wear, soft creases, light edge wear.