13 results, ordered by Publication Date

The Gastaldi – Ramusio Nuova Francia

The scarce first edition of La Nuova Francia, the first map to focus on New England and northeastern North America and to name “New France.” This remarkable map was compiled by Giacomo Gastaldi for Giovanni Ramusio’s Navigationi et Viaggi, the third volume of which focused on American explorations. It reflects Gastaldi’s attempt to synthesize information […]

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A Northeast map “of great importance” (Burden)

One of the finest early maps of the Northeast and a crucial document of England’s early attempts at colonization. Background In 1606 James I chartered the London (South Virigina) and the Plymouth (North Virginia) Companies, assigning them the rights and responsibilities for settling vast territories along the East Coast of North America. The London Company […]

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New England and the New Netherlands by Robert Dudley

A bundle of milestones by the colorful English chart maker Robert Dudley: The “first printed chart of New England and the New Netherlands” (Burden), and the first of the region to “indicate the prevailing winds, ocean currents and magnetic variations of the compass,” (Burden). From the “first nautical atlas by an Englishman, and the first […]

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A scarce and interesting map of the American Colonies

This map appeared in the 1674 first and 1684 second editions of Receuil De Divers Voyages Faits En Afrique Et En L`Amerique, a collection of travel narratives compiled by the French scholar Henri Justel. The geography is closely copied from one in Blome`s 1672 Description of the Island of Jamaica; with the other Isles and […]

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Beautiful example of an iconic map of the Northeast

An iconic map of the New Netherlands, New England, Pennsylvania and parts of Maryland and Virginia. A superb example with fine color on thick paper with wide margins. This is one of the most important entrants in the “Jansson-Visscher” series of maps, many variants of which were issued over the course of more than a […]

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A fine, early sea chart of New York and southern New England

This important work provides crucial information on eastern New York and southern New England. The main chart depicts the coast from Rensselaer Hook in New Jersey to roughly the “elbow” of Cape Cod, with extensive soundings and notations of shoals and other hazards. Much detail is given for Long Island Sound, Narragansett Bay and the waters […]

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One of the finest 17th-century maps of the English Empire in America

The rare first obtainable state of the finest general map of England’s American colonies to date. This most important map is one of the earliest to adopt Augustine Herrman’s cartography for Virginia and Maryland. To the North it includes one of the earliest depictions of the Pennsylvania colony (est. 1681), the first printed chart of […]

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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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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 Most Inhabited Part of New England,” in a rare early state

The rare second state of Thomas Jefferys’ Map of the Most Inhabited Part of New England, the pre-eminent 18th-century map of the region. In case map format and docketed in French on verso, suggestive of use by a French officer serving in North America in the early 1760s. First issued in 1755, Map of the […]

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