Courtesy of Harvard College
This, the fourth of Leavitt’s maps, is the largest. It was engraved on wood by Samuel E. Brown of Boston. The retail price was $1.00. In this version, the representation of Leavitt’s hometown of Lancaster is greatly elaborated. North is again at the bottom, but otherwise the orientation of the images is variable throughout the map. This has the most realistic representation of the mountains of all of Leavitt’s maps. The summit elevations, except for that of Mount Washington, are from Bond’s 1853 map, but Leavitt could have taken these from another map that copied Bond’s, rather than from Bond directly. A. Williams, the printer of this folk-art map, also printed William H. Pickering’s sophisticated contour map eleven years later. For more on the history of this map, see David Tatham, “Franklin Leavitt’s Pictorial Maps of the White Mountains,” in Georgia Brady Barnhill, ed., Prints of New England: Papers Given at the Seventh Annual North American Print Conference. (Worcester: The American Antiquarian Society, 1991), pp. 121-125.
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