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JOHNNY WITH HIS FRONT AND REAR GUARD. A Dialogue on the subject of the present War… [on sheet with:] BONA AND HIS LIFE GUARD. Father Abaddon… delivering a council of war to Napoleon… NP, ND, but American ca. 1808-1812.

A bizarre and spectacular broadside from the run-up to the War of 1812

A spectacular rarity from the run-up to the War of 1812, being two broadsides printed on a single sheet, one attacking Britain and the other Napoleon. Both surmounted with large, bizarre and crudely-powerful woodcuts. During these years American relations with Britain and France were fraught in the extreme.  Locked in conflict, the two European powers sought […]

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Mary H. L. Craig, A map of the United States drawn by Mary H. L. Craig at the Domestic Academy. [Washington County, Kentucky, ca. 1813-14.]

Patriotic schoolgirl map drawn in early 19th-century Kentucky

A most unusual patriotic manuscript map by an American schoolgirl remarkable for its Kentucky origins, interesting subject matter, pleasing design, relatively good condition, and superb provenance. “School” maps are frequently encountered on the antiquarian market; indeed, we have handled perhaps two dozen in the past decade. However, the vast majority of surviving examples were produced […]

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Ralph Rawdon Battle of the Thames 1813

Rare War of 1812 engraving of the Battle of the Thames

A very rare engraving of the 1813 Battle of the Thames, which effectively ended British power in the Old Northwest, destroyed Tecumseh’s Native American Confederacy, and burnished the reputation of future President William Henry Harrison.  “After the U.S. naval triumph in the Battle of Lake Erie in September 1813, the British commander at Detroit, Brigadier General Henry A. […]

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William Chewitt, Senior Surveyor & Draughtsman / [Henry?] Cooper (engraver), A MAP of the LOCATED DISTRICTS in the PROVINCE OF UPPER CANADA, Describing all the New Settlements, Townships, &c. with the adjacent Frontiers, Compiled and Corrected From the latest Surveys in the Surveyor General’s Office. London: William Faden, Jan. 1, 1813.

William Chewitt map of Upper Canada … the best of the region to date

The first edition of this rare and important case map of the Province of Upper Canada, drawn by surveyor William Chewitt and published while region was the primary theatre of war on land between the United States and Great Britain. This map depicts Upper Canada and adjacent parts of Lower Canada and the United States, […]

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Dramatic view of the burning of Washington, DC during the War of 1812

A dramatic image of the British capture and burning of Washington, D.C. during the War of 1812. Only the second known impression, and the only one in private hands. Background Though the British had declared a blockade of the mid-Atlantic coast early in the War of 1812, most of the first two years’ fighting took place […]

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Impressive set depicting an iconic victory by the USS Constitution

A scarce and desirable set of four naval prints depicting the progress of the December 29, 1812 duel between the USS Constitution and the 38-gun frigate HMS Java off the coast of Brazil. The Constitution, now commanded by William Bainbridge (hitherto best known for running the Philadelphia aground in Tripoli Harbor) gained another stunning American victory through superior […]

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William Charles (artist and engraver) / [Samuel Kennedy (publisher)], The Hartford Convention or LEAP NO LEAP. [Philadelphia, Dec. 10, 1814.]

War of 1812 political cartoon skewering the Hartford Convention

A scarce and striking political cartoon satirizing the 1814 Hartford Convention, at which delegates from New England states contemplated secession from the Union. Background: The War of 1812 Following the ratification of the Constitution and against the hopes of the Founders, American politics rapidly organized into a two-party system that approximately mirrored sectional differences: Roughly […]

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1813 aquatint commemorating HMS Shannon's capture of the USS Chesapeake

The HMS Shannon captures the USS Chesapeake in the War of 1812

A rare and lovely aquatint of a “silver plateu” presented by the citizens of Suffolk, England to Philip Broke, Captain of the HMS Shannon, in recognition of his victory over the ill-starred USS Chesapeake. This print offers the British side of this famous War of 1812 naval engagement off Boston, which resulted in the capture […]

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Major A. LaCarriere Latour Late principal Engineer 7th Military District U.S. Army, A GENERAL MAP of the seat of War in Louisiana & West Florida shewing all the fortified Points and encampments of both the American and British Armies also the march of Genl. Jackson’s army on his expedition against Pensacola. Philadelphia, 1816.

1816 map of the Seat of War in Louisiana & West Florida

A fine map of the southern theatre of the War of 1812, encompassing the area from Pensacola to western Louisiana, drawn by an American participant. The Gulf Region saw a great deal of fighting during the War of 1812, involving not only American and British armies, but the Spanish (who still nominally controlled West Florida), […]

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