17 results, ordered by Publication Date

Rare and important chart of Boston Harbor

A considerable rarity, and the most detailed chart of Boston Harbor for its time. The chart depicts Boston Harbor from modern-day Winthrop in the north to Hull and Hingham in the south. It provides an immense amount of information for these complicated waters, including the many harbor islands, hundreds of soundings, and a multitude of rocks […]

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

A lovely, early-color example of this important chart, produced 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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Rare view of 18th-century Boston

A rare, early view of Boston, unusual for being one of very few 18th-century views of the town printed in America. This charming view of Boston is taken from the vantage point of Castle William across the Harbor to the southeast. It was issued in the December 1787 number of The Columbian Magazine, and is […]

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Boston Light in 1789

A scarce view of Boston Light, one of the few obtainable 18th-century views of an American lighthouse.  The original Boston Light was built in 1716 on Little Brewster Island at the entrance to Boston Harbor. It was the first lighthouse built within the future United States, but was destroyed by the British as they evacuated the town […]

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“The most detailed and informative” map of the Battle of Bunker Hill

A 1793 re-issue of William Faden’s important plan of the Battle of Bunker Hill, described by Nebenzahl as “the most detailed and informative delineation of this battle.” The battle was occasioned after the Americans fortified Breed’s Hill (here incorrectly labeled Bunker Hill on this map) in Charlestown early on the morning of June 17, 1775. The […]

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The Snow Hurricane of 1804

An unrecorded variant of an extremely rare broadside recounting the remarkable snow hurricane of 1804. The 1804 storm raged in Boston from Tuesday, October 9-Thursday, October 11, and observers were shocked by both its high winds and early-season snow: “The 1804 Snow hurricane… was the first tropical cyclone in recorded history known to produce snowfall. An […]

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The original Gerrymander

A rare and spectacular broadside satirizing one of the most toxic yet enduring features of American politics. In 1812 Massachusetts Republicans led by Governor Elbridge Gerry engineered a radical redistricting, designed to disadvantage the Federalist majority in the upcoming state senatorial elections. The legislation was enormously successful, and in that year’s election the Republicans’ majority […]

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