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[ Nostradamus ] Antoine de Fer, ROUE PERPETUELLE POUR PRONOSTIQUER LES ANNÉES FERTILES ET STERILES TRES FERTILES ET TRES STERILES POUR TOUTES LES ANNÉES TANT PASSÉES QVE AVENIR TIRÉE D'UN MANUSCRIPT DE M. MICHEL NOSTRADAMUS [“Perpetual Wheel For Predicting Fertile and Barren Years, Very Fertile and Very Barren For All Years, both in the Past and Future, Drawn from a Manuscript by Mr Michel Nostradamus”]. Paris: Antoine de Fer, [ca. 1641].

An unusual Antoine de Fer astrological instrument for predicting fertility… a unique complete example?

Rare and very unusual engraved circular astrological instrument for predicting the fertility of the different seasons and months of the year… obviously of particular importance to agriculture, although the underlying perpetual design may have permitted other applications. The design is credited to the greatest of the medieval astrologer/prognosticators, Michel Nostradamus. Remarkably, this example of the […]

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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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John Thornton, Rob[er]t Morden and Phillip Lea, A NEW MAP OF NEW ENGLAND NEW YORK NEW IARSEY PENSILVANIA MARYLAND AND VIRGINIA. London, ca. 1685.

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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King Philip confirms the grant of Taunton, Mass.

In 1638, the General Court of the Plymouth Colony granted a group of settlers the rights to a new town named Taunton, the validity of which grant was confirmed by Wampanoag Sachem Massasoit. In 1664 Massasoit’s son and successor Metacomet-more familiar to us as “King Philip”–confirmed that grant in writing, with his interpreter John Sassamon […]

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“Das Kriegs Spiel:” an early military card game

Published around 1700, this Kriegs Spiel, or “The War Game,” is a scarce and attractive sheet of playing cards designed to educate young people in the elements of conducting a military campaign. The sheet comprises 53 engraved panels numbered sequentially. All but one is a playing card using the French suits, each bearing an illustration of a military maneuver or fortification […]

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Homann, Joh[annes] Baptista, Nova Anglia Septentrionali Americae… Nuremberg, [ca. 1716/ ca. 1730].

A most interesting map of New York and New England by Homann

A most decorative and geographically intriguing map of New England, issued by Nuremburg mapmaker Johann Baptist Homann in or around 1730. Propelled by economic hardship, religious persecution and repeated warfare, in the late 17th century waves of German settlers began the first of many waves of immigration to America. Through the end of the 18th […]

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An extraordinary map of the Island of Felicity

An extraordinarily rare, interesting and sumptuously decorated allegorical map of the Island of Felicity, produced for one of the first Masonic orders to admit women.  Background The map was designed and printed for l’Ordre de la Félicité. This short-lived Order was a quasi-Masonic secret society established in France in the early 1740s by Louis-Joseph Scipio La […]

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Eman[uel] Bowen, Geographer to his Majesty, A NEW MAP of Georgia, with Part of CAROLINA, FLORIDA and LOUISIANA. Drawn from Original Draughts, assisted by the most approved Maps and Charts. [London: Thomas Woodward et al., 1748].

The first large-scale map of the Georgia Colony

An early, important English map of the Georgia colony, chartered in 1732, here depicted with its borders extending to the Mississippi River and presumably on to the Pacific, although actual physical settlement was then limited to a narrow band along the Atlantic coast. The original charters of the English colonies in North America established boundaries […]

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