This is a 1941 Edward Rowe Snow pictorial map of Boston Harbor, Massachusetts Bay, and Cape Cod. The map depicts the Atlantic coast of Massachusetts from Cape Ann to Buzzards Bay and Nantucket Sound. Highly detailed, numerous locations along the Massachusetts coast are labeled and illustrated in profile, including the Custom House Tower in Boston, the Davenport Guildhall in Plymouth, and Leonard Craske's Gloucester fisherman statue on Cape Ann. More than a dozen lighthouses from Cape Ann to Buzzards Bay and on Cape Cod are illustrated in profile. Shipping routes from Boston to Yarmouth, New York, and Provincetown are marked and large ships are depicted following those routes. Two historically important clipper ships are also illustrated, the 'Northern Light' and 'Crystal Palace' along with fishing boats, lightships, and the Mayflower. The Cape Cod Canal, which was opened on July 30, 1914 (per the map) is also rendered. A vignette of 'His Majesty, the Sea Serpent' presents an unusual inclusion, though Snow informs us that the Sea Serpent was reported eighty-seven times between Gloucester and Boston in the early nineteenth century. Captions throughout the map provided by Snow inform the viewer of important and intriguing events that took place along this stretch of the East Coast of the United States.
Publication History and CensusThis map was drawn by Robert J. Egles and copyrighted by Edward Rowe Snow in 1941. We note three examples cataloged in OCLC which are part of the collections at Harvard University, the Osher Map Library at the University of Southern Maine, and the University of California Santa Barbara.
Edward Rowe Snow (August 22, 1902 – April 10, 1982) was an American author and historian. Born in Withrop, Massachusetts, Snow graduated from Harvard University and subsequently from Boston University with an M.A. Snow married Anna-Myrle Haegg on July 8, 1932 with whom he had one daughter. Snow worked as a high school teacher in Winthrop, Massachusetts for a time. He served as a first lieutenant with the XII Bomber Command during World War II and was wounded in North Africa in 1942. He was discharged in 1943 due to the wounds he received. Snow also worked as a daily columnist at The Patriot Ledger, a newspaper in Quiuncy, Massachusetts, from 1957 – 1982. He is widely remembered for his stories about pirates and other nautical subjects. Snow is the author of over forty books many shorter works. Over the course of his life, Snow was the author of over 100 publications, mostly concerning New England coastal history. He is also well remembered for maintaining the tradition of the 'Flying Santa' for over forty years (1936 – 1980). Begun in 1929, the 'Flying Santa' tradition was organized as a way to drop Christmas gifts out of airplanes to lighthouse keepers and their families along the New England coast. More by this mapmaker...
Very good. Light wear along original fold lines. Closed margin tear professionally repaired on verso.