Four rare Boston song sheets in one

Four early 19th-century Boston song sheets on a single uncut and untrimmed broadside. One of the sheets is unrecorded in any form, two are unrecorded variants, and one is known in only two or three impressions. Such sheets would normally have been cut and sold separately, making this a rare and unusual survival of the […]

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War of 1812 manuscript map after Shelton and Kensett

A most unusual patriotic manuscript map by an American child. Unfinished and as such raising intriguing questions. In the 18th and 19th centuries map copying was an important method of geographic education at the primary level, and “schoolboy-” and “schoolgirl maps” are frequently encountered on the market.  The great majority are unadorned and relatively pedestrian, […]

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The Porcineograph … one nation, united in pork

A triumph of the imagination with a place on my personal “top ten” list. This Porcineograph brings together in one image considerable wit, stunning design, hygienic hog farming, and post-war reconciliation between the Union and Confederacy. It is also one of the earliest American pictorial maps and a considerable rarity, particularly in such marvelous condition.  The […]

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Surfside, Nantucket: An unrecorded real estate map

An extremely rare 1880s plat of lots for sale in Surfside on Nantucket’s South Shore. Note: This plat was acquired in partnership with Barry Ruderman Antique Maps as part of an archive of some 150 Nantucket real estate maps and plats. The group includes several impressions of the plat—the only known examples–identical in all but the added […]

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Honolulu brochure and map of extreme rarity

An apparently unrecorded 1885 Japanese-language brochure with map of Honolulu, Hawaii. The brochure was published by the Honolulu YMCA (est. 1869), and accordingly the main map is centered on the Honolulu branch of that organization. The map details the surrounding downtown area, identifying streets, public transport, municipal buildings and more. At top a smaller map […]

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A spectacular chromolithographic temperance poster

A spectacular chromolithographic poster illustrating the baneful effects of alcohol and tobacco, issued just as the Temperance movement was nearing its apogee. This colorful piece of work is in essence a pictorial table, with four columns of images illustrating the exterior appearance and internal organs of, from left to right, “The Healthy,” “The moderate drinker,” […]

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The Prussian Blot

A large First World War propaganda poster featuring a map with a blood-red “ Prussian blot ” spreading across much of Europe and the Near East. The poster has been described ably by collector P.J. Mode, whom I quote in full: “From the outbreak of World War I until America’s declaration of war in April 1917, […]

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A Second World War Newsmap commenting on the veracity of Newsmaps!

A remarkable Newsmap published by the U.S. War Department during the Second World War. The War Department published hundreds of weekly Newsmaps during the Second World War, for distribution to military installations, domestic industry and political leaders. The Newsmaps generally featured maps of recent battles and campaigns, often but not always complemented by educational posters […]

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