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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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NA, A New and Correct PLAN of the TOWN of BOSTON. London, October-November 1775

Revolutionary War plan of Boston from the Gentleman’s Magazine

A detailed plan of Boston published in 1775 in the Gentleman’s Magazine and showing streets and street names, landmarks such as the Liberty Tree and Long Wharf, and numerous  fortifications. Charlestown, destroyed during the June 1775 Battle of Bunker Hill, is shown “in Ruins.” The then-geography of the city is striking. At the time, the city […]

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Nathaniel Barber, Jr., Return of Ordnance Stores. [Boston area,] January 1, 1777.

Massive ordnance return for the Continental Army in Boston, Jan. 1, 1777

A massive return for all ordnance stores belonging to the Continental Army on hand at Boston at the opening of 1777. Though similar returns for smaller units appear with some frequency on the antiquarian market, it is rare indeed to encounter one for such a major component of the Continental Army, and with such excellent […]

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Rare view of 18th-century Boston

A rare, early view of Boston, unusual for being one of very few 18th-century views of the town printed in America. This charming view of Boston is taken from the vantage point of Castle William across the Harbor to the southeast. It was issued in the December 1787 number of The Columbian Magazine, and is […]

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Boston Light in 1789

A scarce view of Boston Light, one of the few obtainable 18th-century views of an American lighthouse.  The original Boston Light was built in 1716 on Little Brewster Island at the entrance to Boston Harbor. It was the first lighthouse built within the future United States, but was destroyed by the British as they evacuated the town […]

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Osgood Carleton 1796 plan of Boston

1796 plan of Boston by Osgood Carleton

A rare and detailed plan of Boston by Osgood Carleton, taken from the 1796 second edition of John West’s Boston Directory. This plan’s relatively large scale enables it to depict Boston in greater detail than any map of the town since before the American Revolution. The street layout is shown and all streets named, as […]

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Anonymous, VIOLENT STORM. Boston, October 15, 1804. Boston, [late October] 1804.

The Snow Hurricane of 1804

An unrecorded variant of an extremely rare broadside recounting the remarkable snow hurricane of 1804. The 1804 storm raged in Boston from Tuesday, October 9-Thursday, October 11, and observers were shocked by both its high winds and early-season snow: “The 1804 Snow hurricane was the first tropical cyclone in recorded history known to produce snowfall. An […]

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Rare broadside ad from the dawn of American rail travel

An early and very rare broadside advertisement promoting a Boston-Albany rail connection. The railroad craze came relatively early to Massachusetts. By the late 1820s a number of lines had been proposed, including the Boston & Worcester Railroad and a Western Railroad linking Worcester and Albany. Backers hoped the legislature would step in and fund the projects for the greater good. This […]

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A rare view of Boston’s Quincy Market

An early, lovely and apparently extremely rare view of Quincy Market, built in 1824-26 to accommodate the overflow from Faneuil Hall. The view was drawn by Alexander Jackson Davis (1803-1892), a successful architect and leading proponent of the Greek Revival style. Before turning to architecture, Davis began his career as a watercolorist and lithographer in […]

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