It is called the “Golden Age of Travel,” those long-ago, pre-TSA days in the early 20th
century when travel was largely done by the wealthy and was viewed as far more
glamorous and romantic than it is today.
From Oct. 14-Dec. 31, Grand Circle Gallery of Boston and WardMaps of Cambridge are presenting “Journeys Through the Mediterranean: Maps, Guides and Posters from the Golden Age of Travel,” at the gallery, located at 347 Congress St., Boston. The exhibit pairs
Grand Circle’s collection of vintage travel posters from the region with a
selection of antique maps and pocket travel guides from WardMaps.
Cartographers may be especially interested in the WardMaps display of antique Baedeker travel guides and maps, published by Wagner & Debes of Leipzig, Germany, rare maps
depicting cities and historic sites as they were in the late 1800s and early
The opening coincides with the Fort Point Fall Open Studios the weekend of Oct. 14-16, when the studios of more than 150 artists in the district will be open for free viewing,
and free parking will be available.
At the exhibit, excerpts from Baedeker guides will show destinations in Italy, France, Greece, Northern Africa, Lebanon, Syria and Palestine, said Grand Circle Gallery Director Mark Schianca, who added “WardMaps has an extraordinary collection of antique maps and travel guides and is the perfect accompaniment to our gallery’s vintage posters and travel theme.”
Also on display will be a small selection of antique maps of the Fort Point Channel District in Boston, where the gallery is located. Notable in the WardMaps collection are Baedeker travel guides from the mid-1800s, with red-leather covers and gold lettering, considered superior to other guides of the day due to their detailed information on destinations.
Gallery hours are Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Thursday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, or to schedule a private tour, visit the gallery's website or call 617-346-6459.