Map of The City of Boston and Vicinity.
1896 (dated) 34 x 28 in (86.36 x 71.12 cm)
An extremely attractive large format map of Boston published for the 1896 issued of Sampson and Murdock's Boston Directory. Covers the metropolitan Boston area and its immediate suburbs including Charlestown, Somerville, Brookline, Brighton, West Roxbury, Jamaica, Roxbury, South Boston, Dorchester and East Boston. Shows Jamaica Pond and the Fenway, names the Boston Common, Harvard College, Franklin Field, Franklin Park and numerous public and municipal buildings. Detailed to the street level. Hand colored. Dated and copyrighted '1895 by Sampson, Murdock & Co.'
Mary Otis Sampson (fl. 1880 - 1910) was a Boston based publisher and president of Sampson Publishing Company. She is known to have studied art at the Boston Art Club and to have worked as an Art Editor for Photo Era a photography publication active around the turn of the century. She is the author ofThe Human Figure Beautiful, which she self-published in 1910. Ms. Sampson never married and lived most of her adult life at 39 Addington Road, Brookline, MA. Her cartographic contributions are limited to several Boston maps produced in association other publishers, including William Edwards Murdock and Charles Haynes Davenport. Mary most likely met Murdock and Davenport at the Boston Art Club, where all three were members.
William Edwards Murdock (fl. 1880 - 1910) was a Boston based publisher active around the turn of the century. As a young man Murdock apprenticed to a printer in Worchester, Massachusetts. In 1861 he enlisted in the Union Army and fought in 11 engagements during the American Civil War. After being honorably discharged in 1865, Murdock moved to Boston where he began publishing a city directory in association with Mary Otis Sampson. In all likelihood Murdock must have connected with Ms. Sampson through the Boston Art Club, at which both were members. Murdock kept his offices at 246 Summer Street, Boston, Massachusetts.
Sampson, Murdock & Co., The Boston Directory, 1896.
Good. Several verso repairs along original fold lines with some loss.
Rumsey 4902.001. Boston Public Library, Leventhal Map Center, G3764.B6 1890 .S2 (1890 edition), G3764.B6 1902 .S2x (1902 edition). Phillips (America), p. 161. University of Massachusetts, Amherst, G3764.B6 1895 .S2.