32 results, ordered by Publication Date
John Smith (mapmaker) / Simon Passaeus (engraver) / James Reeve (printer), NEW ENGLAND The most remarqueable parts thus named by the high and might Prince CHARLES, Prince of Great Britaine. London: [Michael Sparke and Samuel Cartwright, 1616/1635.]

“The foundation map of New England cartography” (Burden)

“The foundation map of New England cartography, the one that gave [it] its name and the first devoted to the region.” (Burden #187) Offered here in the ninth and most complete state of the map, issued from 1635 on and the first published map to name Boston and Salem. John Smith By turns a soldier, […]

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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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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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1776 J.F.W. Des Barres chart of Newburyport to Cape Elizabeth

A nice example of what was for its time the finest chart of the coasts of New Hampshire and southern Maine. It was issued in 1776 in The Atlantic Neptune, an atlas of the East Coast used by British captains during the Revolution. The charts were so respected that they remained in use for decades, often […]

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Printed by Thomas and John Fleet, PROCERIBUS POLITIAE MASSACHUSETTENSIS HONORATISSIMIS et consultissimis, Reverendissimisque Viris, Ecclesiarum in Oppidis sex Vicinis Presbyteris Academiae CANTABRIGIENSIS NOV-ANGLORUM CURATORIBUS vigilantissimis…. Cambridge: July 15, 1778.

Rare Revolutionary-era Harvard commencement broadside

A rare Harvard commencement broadside issued in 1778 while the Revolutionary War was raging, with interesting features suggesting the prevalence at the College of patriotic and republican sentiments. Though the broadside makes no mention of the fact, Harvard had canceled its public commencement ceremony for 1778, as it had every year since the uproar in […]

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Chart from New York to Timber Island

John Norman’s 1791 Chart from New York to Timber Island

A rare American chart of the waters off Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket. Chart from New York to Timber Island Including Nantucket Shoals was engraved and first published in 1791 by John Norman, Boston’s most notable post-war map engraver.  It is usually found in Norman’s American Pilot, one of the earliest atlases published in […]

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[ Profanity ] Commonwealth of Massachusetts. In the Year of our LORD, one thousand seven hundred and ninety eight. An Act to prevent profane Cursing and Swearing. [Boston: Young & Minns, 1798 (imprint supplied by Evans).]

Battling the scourge of profanity in 18th-century Massachusetts

A scarce 1798 Massachusetts broadside transmitting a new law outlawing profanity and specifying procedures for prosecution and fines to be levied upon conviction. Section I of the Act specifies progressively larger fines to be levied upon repeated instances of profanity, “one moiety of the several forfeitures, aforesaid, to be to the use of the poor […]

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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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John G[raves]. HALES, (mapmaker and publisher) / J[ohn Peter] v[an] N[ess] Throop (engraver), THE COUNTY OF ESSEX From ACTUAL Survey MADE BY JOHN G. HALES Engraved by J.V.N. Throop Boston June 19th 1825 [but 1826].

A landmark in the mapping of Essex County, Massachusetts

  John G. Hales’ rare and important 1825 map of Essex County, Massachusetts. A great improvement on previous mapping of the county, the first separate map to focus on it, and only the second published map of any county in Massachusetts. This wonderful map is based on original survey work conducted by Hales from about […]

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