16 results, ordered by Publication Date

Boston on the brink of Revolution

An informative map of Boston and surroundings, produced for English readers anxious for information after news of the Boston Tea Party reached the mother country. The main image is a chart of the Massachusetts coast from Scituate to Beverly, with particular detail for the soundings and many navigational hazards of Boston Harbor. Inset at upper […]

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Revolution-era map of the Lake Champlain-Hudson River corridor

The first large-scale map of the region, and likely used to plan the disastrous 1777 campaign that culminated in the surrender of Burgoyne’s army at Saratoga. This lovely map depicts the Hudson River-Lake George-Lake Champlain corridor, during the Colonial era a key invasion route between Canada and the Northern Colonies. The major waterways and their […]

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The first printed map of Lake Champlain, used by Burgoyne?

The finest 18th-century map of the Lake Champlain-Lake George corridor, published in time to be used by British forces during the Revolution. The region provides a navigable water link between the St. Lawrence and Hudson Rivers, and for this reason it played a strategic role in both the French and Indian and Revolutionary Wars. Adversaries […]

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Washington’s victory at the Battle of Trenton

The only contemporary plan of one of General Washington’s┬ámasterstrokes, the crossing of the Delaware to attack the British at the Battle of Trenton and the follow-up success at Princeton. By December 1776, the American Army was in desperate straits. Driven from New York by the British the previous September then pursued across New Jersey, Washington […]

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Piscataqua Harbor New Hampshire from the Atlantic Neptune

A lovely example of the first chart of Piscataqua Harbor and surroundings. The chart was issued in 1779 in The Atlantic Neptune, an atlas of charts and views of the East Coast used by British captains through much of the Revolution. The charts of the Neptune were so respected that many remained the standard for […]

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French Revolutionary-era chart of Boston Harbor, updating des Barres

A lovely, early-color example of this important chart,┬áproduced during the American Revolution by order of the French Admiralty. The chart was published in 1780, the year General Rochambeau landed with his army at Newport, Rhode Island, which for the duration of the American Revolution served as the major French base in the United States. It […]

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Faden plan of the Battle of Bennington

The plan was issued in General John Burgoyne’s State of the Expedition from Canada, his famous defense against charges of mismanaging the disastrous British expedition from Canada in the Summer-Fall of 1777. It was drawn by an officer present on the scene, then engraved and printed by the Faden firm in London. The expedition was […]

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Rare, uncut sheet of Revolutionary-era Rhode Island currency

A beautiful uncut sheet of Revolutionary-era currency and a fine example of early American color printing. During the American Revolution both the Continental Congress and the states issued paper currency. Offered here is a full- or double-sheet of Rhode Island paper notes printed in Philadelphia by Hall & Sellers, pursuant to an emission authorized by […]

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The “Eliot map” of the young United States

A fine example of the very rare second state of J. B. Eliot’s map of the United States, with additional annotations in a contemporary hand. The first state of the map, issued in 1778, is believed to be the earliest printed map to name the “United States.” Eliot’s attractive map depicts the colonies from southern […]

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