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A MAP OF THE Harbour of NEW YORK by Survey. [New York, ca. 1735-1770s.]

An early manuscript map of the New York City area, with provenance to one of the U.S. Navy’s first frigate captains

An early manuscript map of what is now New York City, based closely on William Bradford’s New Map of the Harbour of New York, one of the great rarities of 18th-century American cartography. Like the Bradford map, our manuscript depicts New York and northeastern New Jersey from roughly present-day Marlboro Township in the southwest, to Little Falls in […]

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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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Recently-discovered 18th-c. watercolor view of New York City

A recently-discovered watercolor of New York City, contemporary with the Stamp Act Riots and one of only a handful of manuscript views of the city from before the Revolution. Artist Pieter Idsertsz depicts New York as seen from the southwest, from a vantage point across the East River in Brooklyn, possibly at Red Hook. The city […]

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Printed by W. McAlpine and J. Fleeming, A TABLE of Simple Interest at 6 per cent. for any Sum, from one Day to a Year, calculated to a Farthing. Haverhill, July 10, 1765. Boston, 1765.

Rare broadside interest table printed in pre-Revolutionary Boston

A rare and surprisingly appealing broadside interest table printed by McAlpine and Fleeming in pre-Revolutionary Boston. A close examination reveals that the broadside features in fact three tables in one, each enabling the user to calculate simple interest down to the nearest farthing. The table at left calculates the interest on loans up to £1000 […]

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[After Benjamin Wilson], THE REPEAL OR THE FUNERAL OF MISS AME[RICAN]=STAMP [No place, no date, but London, 1766].

Iconic 1766 political cartoon celebrating the repeal of the Stamp Act

Important and scarce political cartoon lampooning the repeal of the Stamp Act under the administration of George Grenville, Prime Minister from 1763 to 1765. “One of the most famous and popular political satires commenting on the Stamp Act”. (Dolmetsch) Background As Prime Minster, George Grenville (1712-1770) was faced with restoring Britain’s finances and reducing the […]

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Governor [Thomas] Pownall (artist) / John Bowles et al. (publishers), A View of the City of Boston the Capital of NEW ENGLAND, in North America. London, ca. 1760 (first issued separately) / ca. 1768 (present issue).

One of the earliest obtainable views of Boston

An important early view of Boston, taken from the vantage point of Castle William across the Harbor to the southeast.  From left to right one makes out South Cove, South Battery, Fort Hill, a line of vessels docked along Long Wharf, and the mouth of the Charles River.  Behind Long Wharf are visible the three […]

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A. Duplessy [Duplessis], GLOBE PLAT OU MAPPE-MONDE d’une Projection nouvelle DÉDIÉE ET PRÉSENTÉE A S. A. S. MGR. LE PCE. DE CONTI. Paris: A. Duplessy, [1769-70.]

Rare 18th-century paper instrument with an unusual flat earth projection

A rare and unusual instrument, featuring a volvelle with a distinctive flat earth projection of the world. One of only three examples located. The instrument consists of a large engraved diagram mounted on a heavy pasteboard backing, as issued. The central feature of the diagram is a map of the world projected on a single […]

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Col. Benjamin Church (ca. 1639-1718) / Thomas Church, Esq. (ca. 1673-1746), THE ENTERTAINING HISTORY OF King Philip’s WAR, Which began in the Month of June, 1675. AS ALSO OF EXPEDITIONS MORE LATELY MADE Against the Common Enemy, and Indian Rebels, in the Eastern Parts of New-England… Newport, RI: Solomon Southwick, 1772.

Benjamin Church’s Entertaining History of King Philip’s War, with the important Revere engraving of Metacomet

Benjamin Church’s extraordinary history of King Philip’s War, in the desirable 2nd edition with two engraved portraits by Revere, including the important engraving of Metacomet. Background King Philip’s War erupted in June 1675, after years of deteriorating relations between the Massachusetts and Plymouth colonies and the Wampanoag tribes around Narragansett Bay. Fighting began at the […]

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