Lieut. Richard Williams (surveyor) / Andrew Dury (publisher) / Jonathan Lodge (engraver), A PLAN OF BOSTON, and its ENVIRONS. shewing the true SITUATION of HIS MAJESTY’S ARMY. AND ALSO THOSE OF THE REBELS. Drawn by an Engineer at Boston. Octr. 1775.  London, 12th March, 1776.

Richard Williams’ fine plan of the siege of Boston

One of the finest contemporary plan of the 1775-76 siege of Boston, the opening campaign of the American Revolution, drawn by Richard Williams, a British officer on the spot, and published in London by Andrew Dury. The map is featured on the cover of Krieger and Cobb’s Mapping Boston, while Nebenzahl’s Atlas of the American […]

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Friedrich von Bouchenroeder / Jacob Turpin (engraver), CARTE GENERALE ET PARTICULIERE DE LA COLONIE D'ESSEQUEBE & DEMERARIE SITUÉE DANS LA GUIANE EN AMÉRIQUE RÉDIGÉE ET DÉDIÉE AU COMITÉ DES COLONIES & POSSESSIONS DE LA REPUBLIQUE BATAVE. Amsterdam: Wouter Brave, 1798.

Important and richly-detailed map of Essequibo and Demerara

Highly detailed map of the Dutch colonies of Essequibo and Demerara by Friedrich von Bouchenroeder, an officer in the Dutch Army and would-be settler Essequibo and Demerara were settled by the Dutch in about 1616 and remained in Dutch hands into the eighteenth century, when the two colonies were captured by the British in 1781. […]

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Tanner, Vallance, Kearney & Co, Sc., AMERICAN GENERALS [on plate with:] Tanner, Vallance, Kearney & Co, Sc., FRENCH MARSHALS. [Philadelphia, 1819.]

Engraved copper printing plate by Tanner, Vallance and Kearney

A rare engraved copper printing plate by the important Philadelphia partnership of Tanner, Vallance and Kearney, featuring portraits of six American generals from the War of 1812 facing portraits of six of Napoleon’s marshals. The plate bears two separate images engraved in line and stipple, each signed by Tanner, Vallance and Kearney and separated by […]

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[ wine map ] Gravé et împrime par Regnier et Dourdet, 8 Passage Ste. Marie (R. du Bac) Paris, CARTE ROUTIÈRE ET VINICOLE DU DÉPARTMENT DE LA GIRONDE DRESSEE PAR E. COUTAUT, AGENT VOYER Pour accompagner l’ouvrage intitule BORDEAUX ET SES VINS. Bordeaux: Feret et Fils, editeurs, 1873.

Early wine map of the Gironde

An early and wonderfully detailed road and wine map of the Department of the Gironde, in the heart of the Bordeaux wine region and source of some of the world’s great reds. The base map includes the boundaries of arrondisements and cantons, with cities and towns indicated by symbols indicating their political status, the network […]

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[ Temperance Journal ] Map of Yale from The New York Voice. New York: Funk & Wagnalls, Jan. 6-Dec. 15, 1898. [with:] The New Voice. New York: Funk & Wagnalls, Dec. 22-29, 1898.

Full-year run of a leading Temperance journal … with maps!

A nearly-complete 1898 run of one of America’s “leading temperance journals” (Mott), including maps highlighting consumption in and around leading universities. Funk & Wagnalls published a weekly Temperance journal from 1884 to 1906, though under various titles and in a range of formats: For 1898 the first 50 issues were the eight-page broadsheet New York […]

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G[eorge] F. Weston, MAP OF ANCIENT AMERICA [:] LECTURE SIZE]. Independence, Missouri, 1899.

Mormon theological geography… on a nine-foot-high banner!

Perhaps the only known example of this astonishing nine-foot-tall banner bearing a historical map of the Americas, printed on cloth and reflecting an early attempt at a geographical interpretation of the Book of Mormon. The map was an official production of the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (RLDS) in Independence, Missouri. […]

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Bruno / Imp. Paul Dupont, LIRE LA BASTILLE Journal Hebdomadaire Illustré ANTIMAÇONNIQUE [“Read La Bastille, the Illustrated Weekly Anti-Masonic Newspaper”]. Paris: [Paul] Copin-Albancelli, ND [but ca. 1906].

Octopus map reflecting French anti-Semitism at the turn of the 20th century

A spectacular albeit noxious French persuasive map using the octopus motif to promote anti-Semitism and anti-Freemasonry. As in other European nations, French anti-Semitism has a long history, most famously manifesting itself in the Dreyfus Affair of the 1890s and collaboration with Nazi deportation of Jews during the Second World War. In the public mind, Jews were […]

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[Manuscript cartoon satirizing Claude Grahame-White’s triumph at the 1910 Harvard Boston Aero Meet.] [Boston area, 1910.]

Claude Grahame-White triumphs at the 1910 Harvard Boston Aero Meet

A delightful hand-drawn cartoon celebrating Claude Grahame-White’s round-trip flight to Boston Light at the 1910 Harvard-Boston Aero Meet. Background The Harvard Boston Aero Meet, jointly organized by the Aero Club of New England and the Harvard Aeronautical Society, took place between September 3rd and 13th, 1910. Twenty-two aviators from around the world descended on Harvard […]

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Prepared for CINCPAC-CINCPOA by 64th Engr. Top. Bn. USAFICPA / Installations overlay prepared by AC of S,G2 Fleet Marine Force, Pacific and Intelligence Section Amphibious Forces Pacific, IWO JIMA VOLCANO ISLANDS [:] SPECIAL AIR AND GUNNERY TARGET MAP. [Prob. Hawaii], mid-late November, 1944.

“SECRET” Situation Map of Iwo Jima prepared for the American invasion

A rare “Secret” situation map of Iwo Jima prepared in anticipation of the February 19, 1945 U.S. invasion of the island. The map shows the landing zones on the southeastern and southwestern beaches of the island, and, most importantly, the Japanese defensive installations throughout the island in minute detail… at least as they were known […]

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Playing board from SCAM: THE GAME OF INTERNATIONAL DOPE SMUGGLING. Berkeley: Brown Bag Enterprises, 1971.

SCAM : The Game of International Dope Smuggling

An amazing artifact from the year Nixon declared war on drugs. In Scam: The Game of International Dope Smuggling, players drop out, start dealing and try to be the first to make $1,000,000. I am hopelessly ill-qualified to catalog this item—too straightlaced, and the wrong sort of writer to do justice to its exuberant, irreverent […]

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Martin Kunz, RELIEF-ATLAS FÜR BLINDE [:] ATLAS A L’USAGE DES AVEUGLES [:] ATLAS OF EMBOSSED MAPS FOR THE USER OF THE BLIND. Mulhouse, Alsace: Veuve Bader & Cie, [maps variously dated 1887-1909.]

Rare atlas of raised relief maps for use by the visually impaired

A monumental and very rare world atlas, and a landmark in the printing of raised relief maps for use by the visually impaired. Historical background The printing of raised relief maps for use by the visually impaired had been pioneered in the 1830s; here in America the best known are the maps and atlases produced […]

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W[illiam] E[merson] B[aker] / The Forbes Lith. Mfg. Co., THIS PORCINEOGRAPH…. Boston: W.E. Baker, 1876.

The Porcineograph: One nation, under pork

The very rare first edition of the Porcineograph, a triumph of the imagination with a place on my personal “top ten” list. The map unites in one image considerable wit, stunning graphic design, hygienic hog farming, and post-Civil War reconciliation between the Union and Confederacy.   The central map depicts the United States as a […]

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John G[roves] Hales (mapmaker and publisher) / Edwin Gillingham Sc[ulpsit] / J. Coffin Pr[inter], MAP OF BOSTON AND ITS VICINITY From Actual Survey BY JOHN G. HALES. Boston: John G. Hales and Philadelphia: John Melish, 1819.

Superb map of the Boston area by John G. Hales

A most important 1819 map of the Greater Boston area by John G. Hales. Though little known today, Hales deserves a place among the first rank of early American surveyors and map makers. Hales’ wonderful map depicts the region encompassing Beverly to the northeast, Scituate to the southeast, and Natick, East Sudbury &c. to the […]

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