Henry David Thoreau’s Hand-Drawn Map of Cape Cod (1866)


Hen­ry David Thore­au wrote in 1866:

“Wish­ing to get a bet­ter view than I had yet had of the ocean, which, we are told, cov­ers more than two thirds of the globe, but of which a man who lives a few miles inland may nev­er see any trace…I have spent, in all, about three weeks on the Cape; walked from East­ham to Province­town twice on the Atlantic side, and once on the Bay side also…but hav­ing come so fresh to the sea, I have got but lit­tle salt­ed.”

You can click the image above to see it in a larg­er for­mat. For many oth­er maps made by Thore­au, vis­it the “Thore­au Lands and Prop­er­ty Sur­vey” col­lec­tion at the Con­cord Free Pub­lic Library. Also find works by Thore­au in our col­lec­tion of Free eBooksand Free Audio Books

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