10 results, ordered by Publication Date

A fine, early sea chart of New York and southern New England

This important work provides crucial information on eastern New York and southern New England. The main chart depicts the coast from Rensselaer Hook in New Jersey to roughly the “elbow” of Cape Cod, with extensive soundings and notations of shoals and other hazards. Much detail is given for Long Island Sound, Narragansett Bay and the waters […]

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[Cyprian Southack?], A Correct Map of the Coast OF NEW ENGLAND. London, [1745-1760].

Cyprian Southack’s chart of the New England coast

An important chart of the coast of northeastern North America, based on the work of Cyprian Southack, one of Colonial Boston’s most colorful figures. A Correct Map of the Coast of New England depicts the northeast coast from Sandy Hook to the southern edge of Cape Breton. It provides much information on soundings, banks and shoals, and other […]

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Mary Ann Rocque, PLAN of Fort Frederick, at ALBANY. [London, 1765.]

One of the earliest Albany maps

Fort Frederick was first constructed in 1676, almost immediately after the English takeover of the New Netherlands from the Dutch. Situated on a hill to the west side of the town, the fort’s location gave it command of both the river approaches and protection from incursions by the Iroquois. Rebuilt as a masonry structure in […]

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Revolution-era map of the Lake Champlain-Hudson River corridor

The first large-scale map of the region, and likely used to plan the disastrous 1777 campaign that culminated in the surrender of Burgoyne’s army at Saratoga. This lovely map depicts the Hudson River-Lake George-Lake Champlain corridor, during the Colonial era a key invasion route between Canada and the Northern Colonies. The major waterways and their […]

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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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Rare American plan of the Battle of White Plains

This rare engraving from Charles Smith’s Monthly Military Repository is the first detailed battle plan of White Plains to be printed in the United States. The battle was violent but inconclusive. Following his decisive victories in Brooklyn and Manhattan, the British commander William Howe somehow allowed Washington to get the remnants of his army away […]

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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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