To the attentive user even the simplest map can reveal not only where things are buthow people perceive and imagine the spaces they occupy. Mapping Boston is an exemplar of suchcreative attentiveness--bringing the history of one of America's oldest and most beautiful citiesalive through the maps that have depicted it over the centuries.The book includes both historicalmaps of the city and maps showing the gradual emergence of the New England region from theimaginations of explorers to a form that we would recognize today. Each map is accompanied by a fulldescription and by a short essay offering an insight into its context. The topics of these essays byAnne Mackin include people both familiar and unknown, landmarks, and events that were significant inshaping the landscape or life of the city. A highlight of the book is a series of new maps detailingBoston's growth.The book also contains seven essays that explore the intertwining of maps andhistory. Urban historian Sam Bass Warner, Jr., starts with a capsule history of Boston. BarbaraMcCorkle, David Bosse, and David Cobb discuss the making and trading of maps from the sixteenth tothe nineteenth century. Historian Nancy S. Seasholes reviews the city's remarkable topographichistory as reflected in maps, and planner Alex Krieger explores the relation between maps and thephysical reality of the city as experienced by residents and visitors. In an epilogue, novelistJames Carroll ponders the place of Boston in contemporary culture and the interior maps we carry ofa city.
Cambridge, MA :, MIT Press,, 1999
278 p. :,ill. (some col.) ;,30 x 31 cm
Branch Call Number:
GA430 .M36 1999