A New Plan of Ye Great Town of Boston
Title: A New Plan of Ye Great Town of Boston in New England in America with the Many Additionall Buildings and New Streets, to the Year, 1769
Creator: William Price (fl. 1725-1769)
Printed on the eve of the Revolutionary War by William Price, this map of Boston was dedicated to Jonathan Belcher (governor of Massachusetts and New Hampshire) and contains a wealth of information about the city in the late 18th century. The map includes an index indicating the locations of numerous meetings houses, schools, markets and churches, as well as the dates of fires and outbreaks of smallpox between 1649 and 1760.
Text at the top of the map describes the city in glowing terms: "Boston the metropolis of New England, is the largest, most populous and flourishing Town in the British Dominions in America... It stands at the Bottom of a large Bay, Which (by being defended from the Ocean by a great number of delightful Islands) May be reckoned among the safest and most Commodious Harbours in the World...," etc.
The map also includes a bit of advertising for William Price's shop, with a list of goods sold, including "Mapps and Prints of all Sorts in Frames and Glass," seashells, looking glasses, tea tables, Chinaware, English and Dutch toys, and musical instruments.
About Sizes & Borders
Where possible, we try to offer print sizes that match modern standard size frames, but since many antique maps were printed with different proportions than modern standard sizes, this is not always possible. The most common standard size frames are 8"x10", 11"x14", and 16"x20". These sizes are widely available in any store that sells frames. Less common standard sizes are 8"x8", 8"x12", 9"x12", 10"x15", 12"x12", 12"x16", 12"x18", and 16"x16". These sizes are available in most well-stocked stores that sell frames.
If you purchase a print that is not one of these standard sizes, you will most likely have to go to a frame shop to purchase a custom frame, or use one of the many online custom frame vendors.
For each size this map is offered in, you can purchase a print with either the 'no borders' or the 'plus 1/2" borders' option.
For prints with the 'no borders' option, the size listed will be the exact size of the printed area as well as the exact size of the paper. For example, a size of 11"x14" (no borders) means the exact size of the printed area will be 11"x14" and the exact size of the paper will also be 11"x14". This is a good option if you plan to frame the print in a frame without a mat.
For prints with the 'plus 1/2" borders' option, an additional 1/2" blank border will be added to each side. For example, a size of 11"x14" (plus 1/2" borders) means the exact size of the printed area will be 11"x14" and the exact size of the paper will be 12"x15". This is a good option if you plan to frame the print in a frame with a mat so there is overlap between the mat and the print.
We love to customize! In most cases we can make this map available in sizes different than those listed above or with different borders. Please contact us before you place your order to see if the customization you have in mind is possible. Please also note that we generally do not accept returns for products with customizations. See our returns policy for more information.