Item #16000137 Carina Eaglesfield/ EDWARD P. JUDD CO MORTIMER, later MILLIGAN, publisher.

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Delightful Pictorial Map Illustrating New Haven’s History
[New Haven, 1928]



New Haven, Conn/ Yale University.  MORTIMER (later MILLIGAN), Carina Eaglesfield/ EDWARD P. JUDD CO. (publisher) [New Haven: 1928]  New Haven.  27 x 35 inches.  Color printed; mounted on archival paper, very slight fold wear, else excellent.               

A vibrant, large plan of New Haven--a charming example of  cartographic folk art that provides an illustrated history of the city of considerable depth. It was the work of a local architect, Carina Eaglesfield Mortimer, and is her only known map.  Annotated illustrations surrounding the map and notations within it cover a surprising range of historical and cultural information.  In its somewhat primitive style, the map is liberally seasoned with historical tidbits that reward close inspection.  However, the map is also up-to-date for the period by including then-recent developments, such as showing the Hopkins School in its current location where it re-located in 1926.  Yale University is depicted in great detail with its academic buildings, residence halls, clubs and other cultural and recreational locales identified and sometimes illustrated.  An inset plan at lower left focuses in on the center of the campus.  Another inset plan shows the city as it was in 1748.  Among the more interesting vignettes is, in the right corner, one entitled “Signatures to Deed of Sale of New Haven,” including Native American “signatures;” another entitled “Pres. Stiles’ Map of British Attack” provides a rare depiction of a Revolutionary War skirmish.  A notation states that the last slave sale on the New Haven Green was in 1825 and that stocks were seen there until 1808.  The map also highlights transportation infrastructure: the Farmington Canal, Union Station and rail lines, and the Bethany Airdrome.


Carina Eaglesfield Mortimer (later Milligan) (1890-1978) graduated from Harvard’s School of Architecture and was based primarily in New Canaan, Connecticut. At the time, there were few females in the profession. She joined the American Institute of Architects in 1930.  See this excellent account for more about her and early American women architects: https://www.madamearchitect.org/in-ink/2021/3/29/hanging-her-shingle-early-female-architects-on-starting-their-own-firms

Price: $2,500.00

Status: On Hold