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1669 geographic playing cards by Pierre du Val

Uncut sheet of 17th-century geographic playing cards

A complete and uncut sheet of 17th-century geographic playing cards published in Paris by Pierre du Val likely for educational use. The game includes 52 cards arranged in the usual four suits, each dedicated to a continent: hearts to Europe, diamonds to Asia, spades to Africa, and clubs to the Americas. Each card features a […]

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J[oseph] Priestley, L.L.D. F.R.S., A NEW CHART OF HISTORY. London: Engraved and published by J. Johnson in Pater-noster Row, J. Bowles No. 13 Cornhill, C. Bowles No. 69 St. Pauls Church Yard, R. Sayer No. 53 Fleet Street and T. Jefferys the corner of St. Martins Lane Charing Cross, April 11th 1769.

A “masterpiece of visual economy:” Joseph Priestley’s New Chart of History

Joseph Priestley’s very rare New Chart of History, a “masterpiece of visual economy” (Rosenberg and Grafton) and a landmark in the display of information. The polymathic Joseph Priestly (1733-1804) was a British clergyman, theologian, scientist, political theorist, educator and prolific author with more than 150 works to his credit. Best known as a chemist, he […]

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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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Linen printing of an unrecorded 18th-century Western Hemisphere map

An attractive linen printing of an unrecorded map of the Western Hemisphere, likely dating to the end of the 18th century. The map depicts the Western Hemisphere on a stereographic projection, centered on a point in the Pacific just south of Guadalajara, Mexico. National and colonial boundaries are indicated, as are the tracks of voyages by […]

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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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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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1878 Colton missionary map of the world

Mammoth 1878 Missionary Map of the World on cloth

A mammoth and colorful 1878 missionary map of the world printed on linen, highlighting the global reach of the Protestant missionary movement.   This enormous banner features a double-hemisphere map of the world, with national boundaries delineated by dashed lines and major cities identified. Areas served by Protestant missions are underlined in green for American […]

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