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    Treasures: 1482 to the Digital Age

    Presented by at Boston Public Library

    February 10 - March 12, 2012


    Treasures: 1482 to the Digital Age


    The Leventhal Map Center’s cartographic collections, with 200,000 maps and 5,000 atlases, date from the 1480s to the present. They provide worldwide geographic coverage and illustrate many historical themes. The collection’s strengths focus on four key topics – the history and settlement of Boston and New England, the American Revolutionary War, maritime trade and nautical charts, and the growth and mapping of urban communities.
    The exhibition is enriched by many individual treasures including the 1482 atlas, Geographia by Ptolemy, which is displayed next to a monitor that shows every digitized page of the book. World maps, atlases, and globes from the 15th – 17th centuries, as well as a wide range of historic maps of Boston and New England are on view. While a “treasure” is often defined by the beholder, some of these items are exhibited because of their rarity, while others were selected for their beauty, unique format or historic importance.

    Boston Public Library

    700 Boylston Street
    Copley Square
    Boston, MA 02116

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    By subway

    • Green Line to Copley Station.
    • Orange Line to Back Bay/South End Station. Walk down Dartmouth Street to Copley Square.

    By car
    Interstate 93 (from north or south) Take Storrow Drive exit. Take Copley Square exit off of Storrow Drive. The exit deadends at a signal light. The cross street is Beacon. Take a right on Beacon Street. While on Beacon Street, you will cross Berkeley, Clarendon, and Dartmouth Streets. The next street is Exeter. Take a left onto Exeter (it is a one-way street). While on Exeter, you will cross Marlborough Street, Commonwealth Avenue, and Newbury Street. The next cross street is Boylston. The Library is on the corner of Exeter and Boylston Streets.

    Mass Pike (Interstate 90) Come all the way into the city on the Mass Pike. Take the Copley Square exit (the sign will read: Prudential Center, Copley Square). The exit road will split, follow the Copley Square (right) lane. You will exit the tunnel onto Stuart Street. You will be on the right hand side of the street. Move to the lane furthest left. Take the left at the next light, Dartmouth Street (approximately 500 feet from the tunnel exit). The Library is on the left of Dartmouth Street, after the next light (approximately 500 feet).

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