This is a wonderfully decorative 1911 Matthews-Northrup map of New England. The map depicts the region from New York City northwards along the Atlantic coast as far as New Brunswick and the Gulf of Saint Lawrence and from the Hudson River Valley to the Atlantic Seaboard. The network of the Boston and Maine Railroad is highlighted in red, allowing for an instant understanding of the railroad's extensive reach throughout New England and Canada. Myriad cities and towns are labeled along all of the routes. Numerous lakes, ponds, mountains, and other locations are also labeled. An inset map on the lower right highlights the 'American Switzerland,' or the White Mountains of New Hampshire. Elevation and topography is indicated via shading. This map was issued by the Matthews-Northrup Company for the Boston and Maine Railroad.
Matthews-Northrup Works (fl. c. 1895 - 1930) were a Buffalo, New York based, in their own words, "writing, designing, engraving, printing, [and] binding" firm. The firm was founded by George E. Matthews as the J. N. Matthews Company. William P. Northrup later joined the company as an apprentice and then partner, at which point the firm was reincorporated as the Matthews-Northrup Works. The Matthews-Northrup Works rose to prominence as publishers and printers of railroad maps, with dozens to their credit. They also famously redesigned the cover of National Geographic Magazine in 1910. Despite some six previous cover changes in just 21 years, the Matthews-Northrup layout proved so popular that it was used for nearly 50 years. The firm can also take credit for the Winchell typeface, designed in 1903 under E. E. Winchell's tenure as art director. Curiously, the partners of Matthews-Northrup maintained an unusual affectation in which only the officers of the company could wear beards or mustaches. In this same spirit, the firm also had its own private social club, the Fellowcraft Club, where the all-male employees could relax, play pool, drink and dine. Matthews-Northrup maintained offices on Washington Street, Buffalo, where they were based, as well as Madison Square, New York City, Garden Tower, Boston, and the Citizens Building in Cleveland.
Very good. Backed on archival tissue for stability. Narrow margins all around. Blank on verso.