13 results, ordered by Publication Date

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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[J.F.W. Des Barres, [A View of Portsmouth in Piscataqua River.] London: J.F.W. Des Barres, ca. 1780-81.]

Lovely aquatint view of Portsmouth New Hampshire from The Atlantic Neptune

A very rare and quite lovely aquatint view of Portsmouth Hew Hampshire, which supplanted an inferior line engraving of the same subject in The Atlantic Neptune. Background In 1764 the Lord Commissioners of Trade & Plantations appointed engineer Samuel Holland as Surveyor General of the Northern District of North America. In this capacity he was […]

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[Broadside] Manasseh Cutler et al. / Printed by S. Hall, State-Street, Boston, IN forming the annexed catalogue of diseases, particular pains have been taken to render it intelligible. Boston, Nov. 10, 1785.

A remarkable 18th-century American demographic and mortality survey

A remarkable and extremely rare broadside developed in 1785 by the American Academy of Arts & Sciences for a remarkably ambitious demographic and mortality survey of Massachusetts towns. Background The American Academy of Arts and Sciences was (and is) an honorary society chartered in 1780 by the Massachusetts General Court with the broad mission, “to […]

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1826 Nathan Hale map of New England

A landmark 1826 map New England

A most important 1826 map of New England by Nathan Hale, being the first significant large-scale map of New England issued in the 19th century. As such, it is best viewed as the successor to Thomas Jefferys’ Map of the Most Inhabited Part of New England (1755), the great regional map of the 18th century. […]

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A rare and early map of Dover New Hampshire

An immensely detailed view of Dover New Hampshire in the early 19th century. In addition to its intrinsic rarity, this is remarkable as one of the very few printed plans of New Hampshire towns issued prior to 1850. The print consists in fact of two maps. At left is a map of the town on […]

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Sidney Edwards Morse & Samuel Breese, THE CEROGRAPHIC ATLAS OF THE UNITED STATES. New York: Sidney E. Morse & Co., 1842.

First fascicle of the first cerographic atlas

The first fascicle of Morse’s United States atlas, The Cerographic Atlas of the United States, issued in parts (fascicles) as a supplement to the New York Observer. Produced by an experimental process, the publisher’s plan to produce quickly the completed atlas were thwarted; the second part appeared only in 1843, and the completed atlas in […]

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Henry Walling map of Concord New Hampshire

Rare H. F. Walling plan of Concord New Hampshire

A rare, attractive and terrifically informative map of Concord New Hampshire by Henry Walling, arguably the preeminent American mapmaker of the mid-19th century. This very rare map depicts the center of Concord at a terrific level of detail for the time. The very large scale of 500 feet to the inch permits Walling to show […]

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Map OF MEREDITH BRIDGE AND LAKE VILLAGE BELKNAP Co. N. H. New York and Jersey City: Presdee & Edwards, 1853.

Early wall map of present-day Laconia on Lake Winnipesaukee, NH

A rare, informative and appealing Presdee & Edwards wall map of Meredith Bridge and Lake Village—now known as Laconia—along the south shore of Lake Winnipesaukee in Belknap County, New Hampshire. As with all Presdee & Edwards maps, the very large scale is sufficient to provide immense detail, including not only the street plan and the […]

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Early map of Concord, New Hampshire

Executed at ½ mile to the inch, this map shows Concord’s major topographical features, street layout, with distances from the city center marked off at regular intervals. The locations of dwellings are shown, a legend at lower left identifies 20 public buildings and churches, and tiny symbols indicate cemeteries and the sites of garrisons erected […]

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