11 results, ordered by Publication Date

A scarce, quirky and decorative map of the New Sweden colony

A fascinating 18th-century map of the mid-Atlantic region, including the short-lived colony of New Sweden. Engraved in Upsala, Sweden by Jonas Silfverling, it was typically issued as a folding plate in Eric Tobias Biorck’s Dissertatio Gradualis de Plantatione Ecclesiae Svecanae in America. According to Streeter the Dissertatio was “the first book written by a native […]

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[English Pilot] VIRGINIA, MARYLAND, PENNSILVANIA, East & West NEW JERSEY. London: Sold by Jno. Mount & Thos. Page Tower Hill, [1689/ca. 1773].

Delaware Bay and Chesapeake Bay, from the English Pilot. The Fourth Book

An important early chart of the Delaware and Chesapeake Bay regions from The English Pilot. The Fourth Book, based upon the seminal work of Augustine Hermann.  The chart depicts the coast from Staten Island as far south as modern-day Virginia Beach. The geography is based largely on that of Augustine Hermann’s monumental 1673 map Virginia and […]

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Lieutenant [George Walker Dyall] Jones, Sketch of the Skirmish between ye Rear of the British Army under the Command of his Excellency Genl Sir H. Clinton and the Advanced Corps of ye Rebel Army June 28th. 1778. [New Jersey, ca. 1778.]

A unique contemporary manuscript plan of the 1778 Battle of Monmouth, which secured Washington’s role as “Father of the Nation”

Finely-executed contemporary manuscript plan of the Battle of Monmouth in New Jersey, the last major engagement of the Northern Theater of the American Revolution, drawn by a participant. The Battle of Monmouth occurred on June 28th, 1778, as British forces were relocating en masse from Philadelphia to their new headquarters at New York. This was […]

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John Hills Position of British Forces around Elizabeth Town Point

John Hills map of the failed 1780 British invasion of New Jersey

A very nice example of this rare and finely engraved plan depicting the action around Elizabeth Town, New Jersey in June 1780, after a manuscript by the great military cartographer John Hills. The engagement around Elizabeth Town consisted of two phases fought on June 8 and 23, 1780, during the last major British campaign in […]

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John Adlum & John Wallis, A Map Exhibiting A GENERAL VIEW of the Roads and Inland Navigation OF PENNSYLVANIA, AND PART OF THE ADJACENT STATES. Respectfully inscribed to Thomas Mifflin, Governor, and the General Assembly of the Commonwealth OF PENNSYLVANIA [Philadelphia, 1792?]

John Adlum promotes “internal improvements” throughout Pennsylvania

A rare, impressive and important map of Pennsylvania by John Adlum promoting the development of a statewide road and canal network. The intent was to position Philadelphia as a leading destination for the products of the interior while enriching speculators in “western” lands. Background The end of the Revolutionary War, with the resultant economic dislocation […]

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1794 William Norman chart of Chesapeake Bay and Delaware Bay

Rare 1794 chart of Chesapeake Bay from Norman’s “American Pilot”

A mammoth, detailed and rare 18th-century American chart of Chesapeake Bay. From John and William Norman’s American Pilot, one of the earliest atlases published in the United States. This impressive chart depicts the complex coast from New Jersey south to just below Cape Henry, Virginia. It provides an immense amount of detail for Delaware Bay […]

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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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1860 William Kitchell Topographcical Map of the State of New Jersey

Monumental map of New Jersey by William Kitchell

The second official map of New Jersey, compiled by William Kitchell to replace Thomas Gordon’s map of 1828. A spectacular, important and surprisingly scarce piece, not described in the cartographic literature until John Delaney’s Nova Caesaria (2014). State Geologist William Kitchell oversaw the compilation of the map from the finest available sources, in particular the findings of […]

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