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A. Duplessy [Duplessis], GLOBE PLAT OU MAPPE-MONDE d’une Projection nouvelle DÉDIÉE ET PRÉSENTÉE A S. A. S. MGR. LE PCE. DE CONTI. Paris: A. Duplessy, [1769-70.]

Rare 18th-century paper instrument with an unusual flat earth projection

A rare and unusual instrument, featuring a volvelle with a distinctive flat earth projection of the world. One of only three examples located. The instrument consists of a large engraved diagram mounted on a heavy pasteboard backing, as issued. The central feature of the diagram is a map of the world projected on a single […]

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Matthew Carey Atlas Minimus Philadelphia 1798

Matthew Carey’s Philadelphia edition of the Atlas Minimus

 A scarce and charming miniature atlas of the world published by Matthew Carey in Philadelphia in 1798. The small (“pocket”) format, and presumably its corresponding affordability, suggest both the increasing mobility of Americans and a growing thirst for geographical knowledge among the middle classes. Carey’s work is based closely on the atlas of the same […]

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A superb “cartifact” bearing a double-hemisphere world map

A delightful transferware mug featuring an archaic double-hemisphere world map with allegorical figures of the continents at the corners, all surmounted by a rising sun. The mug is remarkable for both its vivid polychrome decoration and superb, unrestored condition. The transfer technique, developed in England in the mid 18th century, involves printing from an engraved […]

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Cordelia Wilder, THE World. Hingham, [Mass.], 1826

Wonderful 1826 world map by a Hingham, Mass. schoolgirl

An attractive and unusually large manuscript world map by a Hingham, Massachusetts schoolgirl. The map is projected on a double hemisphere, with the continents in very appealing pastel wash and outline color and major topographical and riverine features delicately delineated. The map is dated 1826, but the geography reflects a late 18th century world view, […]

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Soren Eliasen Holm's SAMLING af 50 smaae Landkort i Traesnit

Rare Danish world atlas

The “Samling af 50 smaae Landkort,” a charming 1829 Danish-language school atlas compiled and published by a troubled educator. The atlas includes a double-sheet map of the world and 49 single-sheet maps of the continents; European countries, Russia and Turkey; and Danish regions, all in early outline color (The title calls for 50 maps, counting […]

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1833 Loring Terrestrial Globe

Lovely 12” Josiah Loring terrestrial globe

A lovely Josiah Loring terrestrial globe produced in Boston in or around 1833.  In beautiful condition, with none of the craquelure that often mars early American globes.   Josiah Loring (1775-ca. 1840) was the first commercial globe maker active in Boston and one of the first American makers to follow pioneer James Wilson (According to Bedini’s Thinkers […]

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H. Phelps, WORLD AT ONE VIEW. New York and Buffalo: Ensign & Thayer; Boston: Jos. A. Ward; and Cincinnati: Rufus Blanchard, 1847.

Humphrey Phelps offers the World at One View

An appealing, richly pictorial broadside map designed to impart to its American viewers, in a single, composite image, a sense of the wider world and by implication, their country’s place in it. World at One View is centered on a double-hemisphere world map, whose most interesting feature is a projected trans-continental railroad from New York […]

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Schoolboy map of the world with American eagle and shield

A lovely and accomplished schoolboy map with delicately rendered patriotic imagery. In the 18th and 19th centuries map drawing was an important method of geographic education at the primary level, and “schoolboy” and “schoolgirl” maps are frequently encountered on the market.  The great majority are unadorned and relatively pedestrian, but this example by George A. Knight […]

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