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Mapping Boston : Mapping Boston - Alex Krieger

Mapping Boston

Mapping Boston

By: Alex Krieger (Editor), David Cobb (Editor), Amy Turner (As told to), Norman B. Leventhal (Foreword by)

Paperback Published: 24th August 2001
ISBN: 9780262611732
Number Of Pages: 292
For Ages: 18+ years old

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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.

"We owe a collective thanks to the makers of Mapping Boston for creating a genuinely thoughtful assessment of Boston's rich past." - David Dixon, ArchitectureBoston

Introduction: Revealing a City/Exploring Its Maps
Shaping Bostonp. 1
A Brief History of Bostonp. 2
Diagramming the Growth of Bostonp. 15
Mapping New England: A Region and City Come into Focusp. 21
The Mapping of New England before 1800p. 22
The Boston Map Trade of the Eighteenth Centuryp. 36
Windows to Our Past: Mapping in the Nineteenth Century and Beyondp. 56
The New England Platesp. 69
The City of Boston Takes Form and Transformsp. 117
Gaining Ground: Boston's Topographical Development in Mapsp. 118
Experiencing Boston: Encounters with the Places on the Mapsp. 146
The Boston Platesp. 173
Epiloguep. 229
Map of Good Hope: Boston in the American Imaginationp. 230
Appendixp. 237
Timeline of Boston's Land Makingp. 239
A Boston Chronologyp. 243
A Glossary of Map Termsp. 247
For Further Readingp. 253
An Index of the Maps Illustratedp. 255
About the Contributing Authorsp. 257
Illustration Creditsp. 259
Indexp. 265
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ISBN: 9780262611732
ISBN-10: 0262611732
Series: Mapping Boston
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 292
Published: 24th August 2001
Publisher: MIT Press Ltd
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 30.48 x 29.85  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 1.69