25 results, ordered by Publication Date
[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 satirizing the repeal of the Stamp Act and broader commentary on 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 Of the many events that precipitated the American Revolution, few are more […]

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Thomas Wheeler chart of Plymouth Bay Massachusetts from The Atlantic Neptune.

Plymouth Bay, Massachusetts from the Atlantic Neptune

A landmark in the mapping of Massachusetts, being the first large-scale chart of Plymouth Bay and environs. This chart depicts the waters of Plymouth Bay, with its distinctive geography marked by two long barrier beaches. The hydrographic data includes tidal data and soundings along the channels into Plymouth and the Jones and Duxbury Rivers. The […]

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John Montresor, Engineer / P. Andrews Sculp, Dukes Court St. Martins Lane, A PLAN OF THE CITY OF NEW YORK & its ENVIRONS to Greenwich, on the North, or Hudsons River, and to Crown Point, on the East or Sound River… Survey’d in the Winter, 1775. London: A[ndrew] Dury, [1768] /ca. 1775.

Montresor’s plan of New York City during the Stamp Act Riots

A lovely example of this landmark map of New York City, based on surveys made during the Stamp Act Crisis by John Montresor, arguably Great Britain’s longest-serving and most accomplished military engineer in America. Montresor (1736-99) had a long, varied and almost unbelievably accomplished career in the American Colonies, beginning with service during the French […]

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Bernard Romans, AN EXACT VIEW OF THE LATE BATTLE AT CHARLESTOWN. JUNE 17TH. 1775. In which an advanced Party of about 700 Provincials stood an Attack made by 11 Regiments & a Train of Artillery, & after an Engagement of 2 Hours Retreated to their Main Body at Cambridge. Leaving Eleven Hundred of the Regulars Killed and Wounded upon the Field. London: Printed for Mess. Wallis & Stonehouse, No. 16, Ludgate Street as the Act directs. June 4, 1776.

Bernard Romans’ rare view of the Battle of Bunker Hill

Only the fourth known impression of this large-format depiction of the Battle of Bunker Hill by polymathic surveyor, mapmaker, military engineer, and natural historian Bernard Romans. Background After the April 19th battles at Lexington and Concord American militia formed a ring of encampments and fortifications surrounding Boston. But they lacked the training or equipment to […]

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Anonymous, An ACCURATE MAP of the Present Seat of Action between the BRITISH & AMERICAN ARMYS Comprehending NEW YORK Staten Island Long Island Connecticut & the Jerseys. [London, 1776?]

Extraordinarily rare Revolutionary War textile map of New York

Only the second known example of this striking map printed on calico to celebrate the 1776 British invasion of New York City and surroundings. Background After the British evacuation of Boston and retreat to Halifax in March 1776, the Americans held tenuous control of the East Coast from Maine to Georgia. The reality of the […]

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[Samuel Holland et al.] / “Lieutenant Knight of the Navy and Pilots,” THE COAST OF NEW ENGLAND. [London:] J.F.W. Des Barres, APRIL 24, 1776.

Magnificent chart of the Coast of New England from The Atlantic Neptune

By far the finest 18th-century depiction of the Coast of New England issued in The Atlantic Neptune to meet the needs of British navigators during the American Revolution. Description This monumental chart depicts the complex coast of New England from Passamaquoddy Bay south and west to Narragansett Bay. Hundreds, possibly thousands, of depth soundings are given, […]

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[Attributed to Christoph Heinrich Korn], Geshichte der Kriege in und ausser Europa Vom Anfange des Ausstandes der Brittischen Kolonien in Nordamerka an. [History of the Wars in and outside of Europe from the Beginning of the Revolt of the British Colonies in North America.] Nurnberg: Gabriel Nicolaus Raspe, 1776-1777.

First European chronicle of the American Revolution, with many maps and plans

The earliest European chronicle of the American Revolution, issued while war was still raging. With numerous maps and views, including two based on important William Faden battle plans.  Offered here in an early binding are the first eight parts of the Geschichte, devoted entirely to events in Great Britain’s American Colonies.  The first part surveys […]

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Survey'd by Captain John Gascoigne / Engrav'd by Jefferys & Faden, Geographers to the King, A PLAN OF PORT ROYAL IN SOUTH CAROLINA. London, [1776?].

Key Revolutionary-era chart of the South Carolina coast

One of the finest charts of the southern coastline available to British mariners during the Revolution. The 25 miles of coast from Georgia’s Savannah River to Port Royal Sound, North Carolina was of great strategic import, encompassing as it did the superb harbor at Port Royal and the approaches to the city of Savannah. At […]

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[Docketed on verso:] “Order of Battle of Sir Wm. Howe’s Army. 8th June 1777.” [No place], June 8, 1777.

A rare order of battle for William Howe’s army in New York

A very rare chart of the order of battle of General Howe’s army in New York as of June 8, 1777, just before Howe’s departure for the campaign against Philadelphia. Context The British campaign plans for 1777 evolved over the preceding winter with no small amount of disagreement.  Ultimately, the Secretary of State for the […]

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