1761 view of Philadelphia based on the George Heap original

An appealing view of Philadelphia as seen from the New Jersey shoreline of the Delaware River, from the London Magazine for October 1761. The view depicts roughly a mile of the city’s waterfront, bounded by South and Vine Streets and centered on the mighty steeple of Christ Church, with the State House at the left-most […]

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Rare chart of the Maine Coast first published in 1791 by John Norman

18th-century chart of the Maine coast by John Norman

A rare chart of the Maine coast from the American Pilot, published in Boston by John Norman and one of the earliest atlases published in the United States. Chart of the Coast of America from Wood Island to Good Harbour was engraved and first published in Boston in 1791 by John Norman, the most notable of that town’s […]

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Linen printing of an unrecorded 18th-century Western Hemisphere map

An attractive linen printing of an unrecorded map of the Western Hemisphere, likely dating to the end of the 18th century. The map depicts the Western Hemisphere on a stereographic projection, centered on a point in the Pacific just south of Guadalajara, Mexico. National and colonial boundaries are indicated, as are the tracks of voyages by […]

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Jazaniah Ford "Lafayette" playing cards

1824-24 pack of “Lafayette” playing cards by Jazaniah Ford

An early and rare pack of Jazaniah Ford playing cards commemorating Lafayette’s triumphal return visit to the United States in 1824-25.   In 1824, President James Monroe invited the Marquis de Lafayette, hero of the American Revolution and George Washington’s close companion, to the United States as the “nation’s guest.” During the next fourteen months he visited […]

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Zany broadside telling the tale of Deacon Giles Distillery

A zany illustrated broadside using the tale of Deacon Giles Distillery to warn of the dangers of strong drink. According to American National Biography, “[George B.] Cheever joined the temperance reform movement in 1833; two years later he attained national prominence with his enormously popular temperance tract, Enquire at Amos Giles’ Distillery. The essay, cast in […]

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1855 wall map of Grafton Massachusetts

Rare 1855 wall map of Grafton Massachusetts

A lovely, richly-informative, and extraordinarily rare 1855 wall map of Grafton Massachusetts, an important Worcester County mill town. Woodford’s map provides a wonderfully detailed depiction of Grafton, located in Worcester County along the Quinsigamond River just west of modern-day Route 495. Incorporated in 1735, the town thrived early in the Industrial Revolution due to the […]

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A rare and wonderful panorama of the Trans Continental Railroad

A delightful illustrated railroad strip map promoting the Chicago Rock Island Railroad and its connections with the Trans Continental Railroad and steamer routes to Europe and Asia. This remarkable folding map, only six inches high but nearly five feet long, highlights the route of the Trans Continental Railroad from Chicago to California along the Chicago […]

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