1794 William Norman chart of Chesapeake Bay and Delaware Bay

Rare 1794 chart of Chesapeake Bay from Norman’s “American Pilot”

A mammoth, detailed and rare 18th-century American chart of Chesapeake Bay. From John and William Norman’s American Pilot, one of the earliest atlases published in the United States. This impressive chart depicts the complex coast from New Jersey south to just below Cape Henry, Virginia. It provides an immense amount of detail for Delaware Bay […]

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1796 Charles Varle plan of Philadelphia

Charles Varlé plan of Philadelphia (1796)

First edition of a important and very rare Federal-era plan of Philadelphia published by Charles Varlé in or around 1796. When Varlé issued this plan Philadelphia was still the capital of the United States, pending the transfer to Washington, D.C. in 1800. It was the 2nd-largest city in the country with a vibrant and diversified […]

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