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Missionary history of British America, with maps by Herman Moll

A rich account of Society for the Propagation of the Gospel in Foreign Parts and its early missionary work in Britain’s American colonies, with interesting maps by Herman Moll. Founded in 1701, the Society “… was a Church of England missionary organization active in the British Atlantic world in the 18th and 19th centuries…. it […]

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A scarce, quirky and decorative map of the mid-Atlantic

A fascinating 18th-century map of the mid-Atlantic region. Engraved in Upsala, Sweden by Jonas Silfverling, it was typically issued as a folding plate in Eric Tobias Biorck’s Dissertatio Gradualis de Plantatione Ecclesiae Svecanae in America. According to Streeter the Dissertatio was “the first book written by a native American to be published in Sweden. Biorck […]

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Cyprian Southack’s chart of the New England coast

An important chart based on the work of Cyprian Southack, one of Boston’s most colorful early figures. A Correct Map of the Coast of New England depicts the northeast coast from Sandy Hook to the southern edge of Cape Breton. It provides much information on soundings, banks and shoals, and other navigational hazards, particularly in the waters off Nova Scotia […]

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The Dutch colony of Berbice, in full period color

An attractive and informative map of Berbice, an important Dutch colony in the New World. Berbice was one of several valuable Dutch colonies on the northern coast of South America, along with Surinam, Essequibo, and Demerara. “The Society of Berbice was founded on 24 October 1720 by the owners of the colony of Berbice. These owners, […]

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An extraordinary map of the Island of Felicity

An extraordinarily rare, interesting and sumptuously decorated allegorical map of the Island of Felicity, produced for one of the first Masonic orders to admit women.  Background The map was designed and printed for l’Ordre de la Félicité. This short-lived Order was a quasi-Masonic secret society established in France in the early 1740s by Louis-Joseph Scipio La […]

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An intriguing manuscript by an important surveyor of Colonial New York

A most interesting manuscript map by John Rulse Bleecker, an influential Albany surveyor with connections to leading American and British mapmakers of the Colonial era. The map At 10 miles to the inch, Bleecker’s map focuses on the region straddling the Hudson River and bounded on the south by Claverack Creek and on the north […]

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A landmark New Jersey map, engraved in Colonial Boston

A landmark map of northern New Jersey and a desirable example of early Colonial engraving and printing. This map was one of three to appear in the 1747 Bill in the Chancery of New Jersey, a vital document reflecting long-standing land disputes of colonial New Jersey. An invaluable review of Colonial New Jersey land ownership […]

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Homann view of witches at a Walpurgisnacht celebration

A wonderful bird’s-eye view showing witches at a Walpurgis Night gathering atop the Brocken, the highest peak of Germany’s Harz Mountains. Walpurgisnacht is an ancient central European celebration with Christian and pagan origins, intended to welcome the Spring and drive away evil spirits. It takes place on the night of April 30-May 1, when legend has […]

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Native American cartography on a map of the American West

Two extraordinary maps on one sheet, the one a very early example of native American cartography, the other a synthesis of two of the earliest surviving French manuscript maps of the upper Midwest & Great Plains. The upper map is a copy of a manuscript drawn by a French officer, which in turn was based […]

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Boston before the Revolution

An early printed plan of Boston, being a reduced French edition of John Bonner’s New Plan of ye Great Town of BOSTON in New England (1722). This plan provides a complete street plan of the town, and an alphanumeric legend indicates the twelve wards as well as twelve places of worship. The town’s defenses are […]

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