Cover: Portrait of a Port in PAPERBACK

Portrait of a Port

Boston, 1852–1914

Compiled by W. H. Bunting

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$24.50 • £19.95 • €22.00

ISBN 9780674690769

Publication Date: 01/01/1994

Academic Trade

538 pages

225 halftones, 4 maps, 1 line illustration

Belknap Press


Easily the best collection of historical marine photographs published in many years… This book gives a wonderfully representative cross section of a busy East Coast seaport in the last half of the nineteenth century.National Fisherman

Following Bunting’s text is rather like being taken on a tour of a port by a venerable harbor pilot. Crisp and competent, he directs your attention to features which must be instantly obvious to him but would be overlooked by the novice.—Timothy Severin, The Chicago Tribune

Although the author and compiler of this wonderful book states that it is a book of photographs, it is far more than that. It is a lovingly told story of a port—Boston—through the lenses of old-time photographers, contemporary accounts, and well-written research.—Andrew F. Willis, The Boston Globe

One can fish happily and enjoyably in these pages; something good comes up on every page. But it is better to bathe, for by doing so the reader gains an admirable idea of what happened to the port of Boston.—Walter Muir Whitehill, The Boston Herald

[This is the] first paperback edition of a marvellous book of photographs, with annotations, interpretations and brief essays by an expert who loves his subject. No other book I know evokes the maritime history of the Atlantic coast so well.Canadian Yachting

This book includes a marvelous collection of…illustrations, which along with the text by W. H. Bunting, the compiler and annotator, provide a most impressive Portrait of a Port… It is a beautiful book.Historical Journal of Massachusetts

I confess to owning a trio of copies [of this book]—one in the living room on my shelf of favorites, a grimy research copy in the studio, and a third to lend. You may ask, ‘Why would a book published nearly a quarter of a century ago warrant another review?’ Out-of-print for some time, new readers ought to know of its re-issue, for it is chock full of marvelous photographs selected with love and care and contains writing of the most informative and entertaining nature.—John W. Hutchinson, Nautical Research Journal

Considerably more substantial, both in size and content, than most pictorial maritime histories, this handsomely produced volume is most certainly not just another ‘coffee-table book’ …[It is] delightful for the browser [and] gratifyingly informative.Choice

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