November 3, 2015 - February 28, 2016
The Boston Athenæum will exhibit maps and charts from its rich cartographic collection. Those on exhibition will date from the seventeenth to the twentieth centuries. Most of these materials have been acquired since 2004; and therefore, are relatively recent additions to our collection. Some of the highlights will include a very scarce chart of Casco Bay by J.F.W. DesBarres, a rare French edition of a classic map of the Americas by Petrus Bertius, published in the mid-seventeenth century, and a beautiful example of one of the earliest charts to focus on the New England coastline by J. van Keulen.