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A New SURUEY of the Harbour of BOSTON in NEW ENGLAND. Done by Order of the Principall officers and Comissioners of his Ma.ties Navy and sold by George Grierson ... [Dublin]: George Grierson, [1730 or later].

A rare and important chart of Boston Harbor

A considerable rarity, the Dublin edition of the most detailed chart of Boston Harbor for its time, first engraved and published for inclusion in the English Pilot. Fourth Book, the most important English 18th-century pilot book of North America and the Caribbean. The chart was of considerable influence and longevity, as it was not fully […]

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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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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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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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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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Designed, drawn and coloured by Edwin Olsen and Blake Clark, The COLOUR of an OLD CITY[:] A map of Boston decorative AND historical. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1926.

A magnificent Boston pictorial map … Clark and Olsen’s 1926 Colour of an Old City

  Impressive in size, vibrantly colored, and rich in both information and wit, Clark and Olsen’s Colour of an Old City is arguably the finest pictorial map of Boston. This charming map was the product of a collaboration between Blake Everett Clark (1900-1979) and Edwin Birger Olsen (1902-1996), two young American draftsmen & architects.  According to Stephen Hornsby’s […]

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President Walter A. Carl / Draftsman D.W. Gurton, …BREWERY, AND BOTTLING HOUSE PREMISES OF THE BOSTON BEER COMPANY 225/49 & 230/44 W.2ND ST., SOUTH BOSTON, MASS. [with 8 architectural plans of the premises.] Boston, 1938.

Architectural plans for the original Boston Beer Company

A 1938 plat, floor plans and sections for the brewery and bottling complex of the Boston Beer Company in South Boston. At the time the Company was the oldest operating brewery in the United States. The plat and plans depict the Boston Beer Company premises sprawling across two South Boston blocks bounded by Bolton, D, […]

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