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Recently Digitized

October 17, 2013

Over 200 maps have been digitized and added to the website. Notable additions in this latest batch include:


A new chart of the Mississippi River, the coast of west Florida, and part of Louisiana
Salem navigator Samuel Lambert published a small number of nautical charts, and few examples of each of his charts are recorded. With the addition of this previously unknown nautical chart of the Mississippi River, the Boston Public Library has 3 of his 7 known charts.

A map of New-England, being the first that ever was here cut...
Based on a 1665 survey by William Reed, John Foster's map of New England is the earliest map drawn, engraved and printed in North America. The survey was commissioned by the government of Massachusetts to justify the colony's northern and southern boundaries, which are indicated by two parallel lines on the map.

The map was prepared as a woodcut illustration for William Hubbard's A narrative of the troubles with the Indians in New England, which was published simultaneously in Boston and London. The London edition included many different spellings and is commonly called the Wine Hills version while the Boston edition is called the White Hills version. The Boston Public Library's White Hills version is in Hubbard's book in the Rare Books Department.

Other interesting additions:


Bird's-eye view of Derry, N.H.

1864 map of U.S. public lands showing mines

Charts of the Americas in Sir Robert Dudley's Dell'arcano del mare

1850 plan of markets in New York City
Norman B. Leventhal Map Center (http://maps.bpl.org)