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Findings in the Maritime Charts Collection of Distinction

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mapThere are many treasures to be found in the Maritime Charts and Atlases Collection of Distinction, as the thousands of nautical charts and atlases each tell their own unique story. Staff of the Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library recently discovered a surprising addition to one of the atlases during their research for an upcoming exhibition. Sketched on the reverse of a chart of the Atlantic Ocean in Thomas Jefferys’ West Indian Atlas from 1798, is a small, detailed drawing of a ship. Drawings such as this ship offer viewers a glimpse into the hobbies and interests of those who used these charts before us, adding a personal touch to these artifacts.

Several items from the Maritime Charts and Atlases Collection of Distinction are currently on display in the exhibition Charting an Empire: The Atlantic Neptune, which runs at the Norman B. Leventhal Map Center through November 3. The Map Center is holding an Open House on Saturday, October 19, from 1 -3 p.m., which will include guided tours of the current exhibition and hands-on activities and games for children. For more information, visit the Map Center website or call 617.859.2386.