Barber's Historical Collections of every town in Massachusetts, 1848
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Historical Collections relating to the History and Antiquities of Every Town in Massachusetts. This is illusterated by 200 Engavings by John Warner Barber. Published in Worcester Ma in 1848. There are 624 pages with great engravings. The Engravings are in many cases the earliest images produced of the towns.The map is a fold out map.
"John Warner Barber (February 2, 1798 – June 1885) was an American engraver whose books of state, national, and local history featured his vivid illustrations, said to have caught the flavor and appearance of city, town, and countryside scenes in his day. Barber started with rough pencil sketches and developed them into more detailed wash drawings. He then transferred the drawings directly to small blocks of boxwood on which he engraved the designs.
"He talked with townspeople, gathered local documents and made quick sketches everywhere he went," "The illustrations many times depict town centers, with its homes and churches, academies and courthouses sailboats plying a river or harbor, an occasional factory belching puffs of smoke and always a tiny figure or two, often the artist in his top hat, sketching the scene"