Item #4940 Birds Eye View of the White Mountains. Brooks Bank Note, Lith’g Co, printer.
Birds Eye View of the White Mountains.
Birds Eye View of the White Mountains.
Birds Eye View of the White Mountains.

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Birds Eye View of the White Mountains.

Portland, Me., circa 1890s. Tinted lithograph, 17.5”h x 27.75” plus title, legend, and margins.

A striking bird’s-eye view of New Hampshire’s White Mountains, produced to supply the burgeoning tourist trade of the late 19th century.

By the end of the 19th century the Lakes and White Mountain regions of New Hampshire had become major tourist destinations, with a well-developed network of rail and coach links, hotels and inns, and guide services to support visitors from Boston and beyond. Accompanying and advancing this development was a rich literature and visual iconography revealed in maps and prints.

Offered here is an example of this iconography, a bird’s-eye view of the high peaks of the White Mountains and the surrounding region, bounded east and west by the Carter and Kinsman Ranges, and north and south by Lancaster and the Lakes Region. The artist has greatly increased the dramatic impact of the image by exaggerating the heights of the mountains--Mount Washington in particular—relative to the surrounding landscape.

In addition to the features of the dramatic natural landscape, the view identifies the area’s towns, villages, and resorts, and maps the roads and railroads connecting them to one another and to the metropolitan areas of the New England coast. A legend at the base identifies no fewer than 52 locations, primarily peaks (with their elevations given) but also iconic features such as Tuckerman’s Ravine, Crawford Notch and the Old Man of the Mountains.

CONDITION: Folds flattened, with residual toning visible along vertical centerfold, and some soiling and wear visible along edges. Lined on verso. Pencil plans visible on verso, possibly for a kitchen.

Owned in partnership with Boston Rare Maps.

Item #4940


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