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1872 Sampson and Davenport Map or Plan of Boston, Massachusetts

Map of Boston from the latest surveys. - Main View

1872 Sampson and Davenport Map or Plan of Boston, Massachusetts


Beautiful early map of Boson, Massachusetts.


Map of Boston from the latest surveys.
  1872 (dated)     26.5 x 35 in (67.31 x 88.9 cm)     1 : 12000


This is a beautiful 1872 large format map of Boston by Sampson, Davenport and Company. The map depicts the whole of Boston as the Back Bay landfill neared completion. In fact, only a small part of the landfill, near Brookline, remained unfinished. Includes and inset of East Boston in the bottom right hand corner. Notes individual streets, railroads, parks, bridges, buildings, cemeteries and other topographical features. Ward numbers are also noted. This map was issued by Sampson, Davenport and Company in 1872.


George Sampson (fl. c. 1858 - c. 1930) was a Boston based publisher and printer active in the second half of the 19th century. Sampson initially partnered with George Adams, acquiring a half-share in the Boston Directory or Boston Almanac, and subsequently publishing as Adams, Sampson, and Company. Adams shares were eventually acquired by O.H. Davenport in 1865, when the company named changed to Sampson and Davenport. Working with Davenport, Sampson, expanded the scope of the Boston Directory to incorporate other towns and regions, producing the Massachusetts Register, the New York State Business Directory, the New England Gazetteer, the Roxbury Directory, and the Providence Almanac, among others, as well as various individual maps and guides. Davenport's shares were acquired by A. Murdoch in 1884. As Sampson and Murdoch, the firm expanded again, producing a catalog of over 120 city directories by 1925. The business passed into the hands for R. L. Polk and Company around 1930 and continued to publish directories until about 1980. Learn More...


Very good. Backed on linen. Some wear and along original fold lines. Minor spotting.


OCLC: 55751699.