1890 Stark's Tourist Map of Bermuda

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1890 Stark's Tourist Map of Bermuda

1,650.00

Tourists’ Map of the Bermuda Islands. 
  1890 (dated)    10 x 27 in (25.4 x 68.58 cm)     1 : 42000

A rare c. 1890 tourist map of Bermuda by James Henry Stark. The map is oriented to the Northwest. A large inset at center details the city of Hamilton, Bermuda's capital. A dotted line identifies steamer routes around the island. Additionally, the map identifies much that would be of interest to tourists: hotels, roads, bridges, churches, and of course, both the old and new Lunatic Asylums.

The map originally appeared in an advertisement for the Quebec Steamship Company’s ships S.S. Pretoria and S. S. Trinidad. The S. S. Pretoria operated from 1897-1907. The S. S. Trinidad served the company from 1884-1918, when it was sunk in St. George's Channel by a German u-boat torpedo.

James Henry Stark (1846-1919) was an American cartographer and publisher active in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Born in Mitcham, Surrey, England, he moved to America in 1856 and was educated in Boston, including the Boston Latin School. He began studying printing in 1864, with an emphasis on stereotyping (a form of relief printing) and electrotyping. Opening a printing establishment in Boston in 1864, he prospered until the Great Boston Fire of 1872 destroyed his business. Following several years of traveling around the world on the high seas, he returned to Boston and opened another printing operation, partnering with William H. Mumler (1832-1884), the inventor of the photo-electrotype process, in the creation of the Photo-Electrotype Company, among the first companies in America to make engraved plates by photography.

In later years — employing knowledge gleaned from his worldwide journeys — Stark opened a business composing and writing guidebooks for various West Indian islands, including the History of and Guide to the West Indies, a series of six volumes dealing with Bermuda, the Bahamas, Jamaica, British Guiana, and other Caribbean locales. He also wrote theStranger's Guide to Boston (1881), Antique Views of Boston (1882), and the History of Boston Harbor. Stark was also active in Boston-area cultural associations, including the Dorchester Historical Society (which he helped organize and for which he served as vice-president), the British Charitable Society (for which he served as president), the Victorian Club, and the British-American Association.   


The map being offered for sale was drawn and engraved by Starks' Photo-Electrotype Company of Boston. Though the map is undated, it bears an 1890 watermark from the Parson's Paper Company of Holyoke, Massachusetts. The OCLC (Online Computer Library Center) has identified only two extant examples of this map, one at Oberlin College and the other at the University of Chicago.

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