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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Rare 18th-century map of the Phelps and Gorham Purchase

An extremely rare map of the Phelps and Gorham Purchase in New York’s Finger Lakes Region, reflecting the mad scramble for land in post-Revolutionary America. With interesting manuscript additions by an early owner. Background Among the biggest losers of the American Revolution were the Iroquois of central and western New York, most of whom had sided […]

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San Francisco’s Chinatown during the anti-Chinese hysteria of 1885

A scarce and fascinating map of San Francisco’s Chinatown issued in 1885, “at the height of the anti-Chinese hysteria in California.” (Rumsey) The map first appeared in a very large (25”h x 56”w), separately-published, and extraordinarily rare edition lithographed by Bosqui & Co. in San Francisco. This reduced edition appeared the same year in a number […]

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Lovely promotional for farm equipment maker Adriance Platt & Co.

A rare and lovely chromolithographic promotional for farm equipment maker Adriance Platt & Co., unusual for its use of a bird’s eye view of the Hudson River. Adriance Platt & Co. began in 1852 as a wholesale hardware business founded by John Adriance, his son John P., and two other men. The men soon moved […]

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Peking after the Boxer Rebellion

A rare and significant Japanese woodblock map of Peking (Beijing), issued just after the suppression of the Boxer Rebellion. Centered on the Forbidden City, the map depicts Peking following the multinational suppression of the Boxer Rebellion (Yihetuan Movement) of 1900. The map was issued to illustrate the areas of occupation associated with each of the […]

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The Panama Canal, as seen from an airplane in 1925

A spectacular pictorial map of the recently-completed Panama Canal, based on sketches made by an airborne journalist. The map depicts the Panama Canal Zone and adjacent regions of Panama from an oblique bird’s-eye angle, purportedly as viewed by a journalist from an airplane high above the Pacific coast. The Canal and its facilities are shown in some […]

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Travel Guide of Negro Hotels and Guest Houses

A remarkable brochure intended to stimulate African-American tourism, at a time when the emerging black middle class still faced widespread segregation throughout the United States. The recto features a pictorial title panel, dozens of ads for hotels and entertainment venues up and down the East Coast, and lists of Y.M.C.A’s and Y.W.C.A’s as far west as Oklahoma […]

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