Mapping Boston

Mapping Boston

by Alex Krieger
     
 

To the attentive user even the simplest map can reveal not only where things are but how people perceive and imagine the spaces they occupy.
Mapping Boston is an exemplar of such creative attentiveness --
bringing the history of one of America's oldest and most beautiful cities alive through the maps that have depicted it over the centuries.The book

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To the attentive user even the simplest map can reveal not only where things are but how people perceive and imagine the spaces they occupy.
Mapping Boston is an exemplar of such creative attentiveness --
bringing the history of one of America's oldest and most beautiful cities alive through the maps that have depicted it over the centuries.The book includes both historical maps of the city and maps showing the gradual emergence of the New
England region from the imaginations of explorers to a form that we would recognize today. Each map is accompanied by a full description and by a short essay offering an insight into its context. The topics of these essays by Anne Mackin include people both familiar and unknown, landmarks, and events that were significant in shaping the landscape or life of the city. A highlight of the book is a series of new maps detailing Boston's growth.

The book also contains seven essays that explore the intertwining of maps and history. Urban historian Sam Bass
Warner, Jr., starts with a capsule history of Boston. Barbara McCorkle, David Bosse,
and David Cobb discuss the making and trading of maps from the sixteenth to the nineteenth century. Historian Nancy S. Seasholes reviews the city's remarkable topographic history as reflected in maps, and planner Alex Krieger explores the relation between maps and the physical reality of the city as experienced by residents and visitors. In an epilogue, novelist James Carroll ponders the place of
Boston in contemporary culture and the interior maps we carry of a city.

The MIT Press

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780262611732
Publisher:
MIT Press
Publication date:
10/01/2001
Pages:
292
Sales rank:
880,033
Product dimensions:
12.00(w) x 11.50(h) x 0.75(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Foreword
Introduction: Revealing a City/Exploring Its Maps
IShaping Boston1
1A Brief History of Boston2
2Diagramming the Growth of Boston15
IIMapping New England: A Region and City Come into Focus21
3The Mapping of New England before 180022
4The Boston Map Trade of the Eighteenth Century36
5Windows to Our Past: Mapping in the Nineteenth Century and Beyond56
6The New England Plates69
IIIThe City of Boston Takes Form and Transforms117
7Gaining Ground: Boston's Topographical Development in Maps118
8Experiencing Boston: Encounters with the Places on the Maps146
9The Boston Plates173
IVEpilogue229
10Map of Good Hope: Boston in the American Imagination230
VAppendix237
Timeline of Boston's Land Making239
A Boston Chronology243
A Glossary of Map Terms247
For Further Reading253
An Index of the Maps Illustrated255
About the Contributing Authors257
Illustration Credits259
Index265

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