PAGE, Thomas (1746-1821) and John MONTRESOR (1736-99)
Boston, its Environs and Harbour, with the Rebel Works Raised against that Town in 1775, from the observations of Lieut. Page of His Majesty's Corps of Engineers, and from the plans of Capt. Montresor
London: William Faden, 1778. Copper-engraved map, period hand coloring. Plate mark: 18 1/2 x 25 1/2 inches. Sheet size: 22 3/8 x 30 1/8. Wide margins. Minor restoration along the vertical centerfold.
Rare Revolutionary War map of the Siege of Boston by American forces.
Important and very scarce map and chart of Boston, its harbor, and outlying islands. The various bulwarks and fortifications built by the patriotic American freedom-fighters are shown, as they invested the British-controlled city. Numerous soundings are shown in the bay. The map was drawn by the British Lieutenant Thomas Hyde Page, who was severely wounded at Bunker Hill, and draws on the surveys of Captain John Montresor. It is an expanded version of Faden's "A Plan of the Town of Boston...in 1775," which was originally published in 1777. The present map contains the same plan of Boston, but shows the larger area around the city, giving a clear idea of the placement of the rebellious American forces around Roxbury, Cambridge, and Dorchester. "Rebel lines" are shown between Roxbury and Dorchester Neck, with a note of "work begun" on Dorchester Hill. The present map also extends quite far eastward, showing the islands of Boston Harbor all the way to The Brewsters.
Nebenzahl 21; Stevens & Tree 39.