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An intriguing manuscript by an important surveyor of Colonial New York

A most interesting manuscript map by John Rulse Bleecker, an influential Albany surveyor with connections to leading American and British mapmakers of the Colonial era. The map At 10 miles to the inch, Bleecker’s map focuses on the region straddling the Hudson River and bounded on the south by Claverack Creek and on the north […]

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1755 Thomas Johnston A PLAN of Kennebec & Sagadahok Rivers, with the adjacent Coasts : taken from Actual Surveys

A Colonial Maine rarity: 1755 plan of the Kennebec region, after Thomas Johnston

An exceedingly rare, separately-issued map of the Kennebec River region of Maine from the early months of the French and Indian War, illustrating the multi-tiered contest for control between the British and French, between the British and the indigenous tribes, and between competing land interests. Offered in partnership with High Ridge Books. The map shows a […]

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Color printing. [Jacques-Fabien] Gautier [D’Agoty] / Gautier fils (engraver), CARTE ABR[E]GEE du CANADA levee sur les lieux par M.*** resident a Quebec année 1754. Paris: [Gautier], 1755.

18th-century cartographic color printing, by Gautier D’Agoty

A rare and fascinating thematic map of northeastern North America by a French artist, printer, anatomist and crackpot geologist, remarkable also as an early example of color printing. A former pupil of Jacob Christoph Le Blon, and a pioneer in color-printing, Jacques Fabien Gautier D’Agoty (1717-1785) improved on the methods of his teacher by developing […]

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Early map of Surinam, with much Judaic-American content

An attractive and remarkably-informative map of the Dutch colony of Surinam, which in the 17th and 18th centuries was home to the earliest, largest and most significant Jewish population in the Americas. After its 1667 capture from the English, Suriname became one of several valuable Dutch colonies on the northern coast of South America, along with Essequibo, […]

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One of the earliest Albany maps

Fort Frederick was first constructed in 1676, almost immediately after the English takeover of the New Netherlands from the Dutch. Situated on a hill to the west side of the town, the fort’s location gave it command of both the river approaches and protection from incursions by the Iroquois. Rebuilt as a masonry structure in […]

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[Samuel Engel] / M. Iaquier delin. / Gravé par I. A. Chovin, CARTE De la partie Septentrionale et Occidentale de l’Amérique dápres les relations les plus récentes dressés en 1764 par Mr. *** [Lausanne, 1765.]

A striking geographic interpretation of the trans-Mississippi West by Samuel Engel

A remarkable map of the American West by Samuel Engel, reflecting one man’s interpretation and synthesis of more than half a century of discoveries, wishful thinking and outright invention. This was one of two maps included in Engel’s Memoires et Observations Geographiques et Critiques sur la situation des Pays Septentrionaux de l’Asie et de l’Amerique, d’apres […]

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J[oseph] Priestley, L.L.D. F.R.S., A NEW CHART OF HISTORY. London: Engraved and published by J. Johnson in Pater-noster Row, J. Bowles No. 13 Cornhill, C. Bowles No. 69 St. Pauls Church Yard, R. Sayer No. 53 Fleet Street and T. Jefferys the corner of St. Martins Lane Charing Cross, April 11th 1769.

A “masterpiece of visual economy:” Joseph Priestley’s New Chart of History

Joseph Priestley’s very rare New Chart of History, a “masterpiece of visual economy” (Rosenberg and Grafton) and a landmark in the display of information. The polymathic Joseph Priestly (1733-1804) was a British clergyman, theologian, scientist, political theorist, educator and prolific author with more than 150 works to his credit. Best known as a chemist, he […]

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[English Pilot] VIRGINIA, MARYLAND, PENNSILVANIA, East & West NEW JERSEY. London: Sold by Jno. Mount & Thos. Page Tower Hill, [1689/ca. 1773].

Delaware Bay and Chesapeake Bay, from the English Pilot. The Fourth Book

An important early chart of the Delaware and Chesapeake Bay regions from The English Pilot. The Fourth Book, based upon the seminal work of Augustine Hermann.  The chart depicts the coast from Staten Island as far south as modern-day Virginia Beach. The geography is based largely on that of Augustine Hermann’s monumental 1673 map Virginia and […]

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