[ Narragansett Bay ] Charles Blaskowitz, A Topographical CHART of the BAY of NARRAGANSET in the Province of NEW ENGLAND, with all the ISLES contained therein, among which RHODE ISLAND and CONNONICUT have been particularly SURVEYED… London: William Faden, July 22, 1777.

The finest 18th-century chart of Narragansett Bay

The single most important 18th-century chart of Narragansett Bay, prepared by Charles Blaskowitz for the use of the British Navy during the American Revolution. “…it is certain that the British, after occupying Newport at the end of 1776, used this map for their operations in this pivotal area. The detail shown is remarkable, including even the names […]

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Mary H. L. Craig, A map of the United States drawn by Mary H. L. Craig at the Domestic Academy. [Washington County, Kentucky, ca. 1813-14.]

Patriotic schoolgirl map drawn in early 19th-century Kentucky

A most unusual patriotic manuscript map by an American schoolgirl remarkable for its Kentucky origins, interesting subject matter, pleasing design, relatively good condition, and superb provenance. “School” maps are frequently encountered on the antiquarian market; indeed, we have handled perhaps two dozen in the past decade. However, the vast majority of surviving examples were produced […]

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From Actual Surveys Made by Edmund J. Baker, Surveyr. / Pendleton's Lithog[raph]y, A MAP of the Towns of DORCHESTER AND MILTON, 1831, Made under the direction of the Town's committees for the use of the Commonwealth. Boston, 1831.

First printed map of Dorchester and Milton Massachusetts

A fine and very rare 1831 map depicting the human and natural geography of Dorchester and Milton, Massachusetts. Dorchester was founded just before Boston in 1630, was annexed to its northern neighbor in 1870, and is now an intensely diverse neighborhood of perhaps 100,000 residents. Milton was founded in 1662 on land ceded by Dorchester, has […]

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Various surveyors, Archive of maps and plans reflecting the development Siasconset and surrounding areas. Boston and Nantucket, 1880-1922.

Unique cartographic archive of the village of Siasconset on Nantucket

A unique archive of maps and plans tracing reflecting decades of real estate speculation and development in the village of Siasconset, on Nantucket’s southeast shore. Nantucket manuscript material is vanishingly rare on the market, and it would be impossible to reproduce such a grouping today.  Background After decades of great prosperity mid-18thcentury Nantucket entered a […]

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Jerome B[onaparte] Holgate / G.W. Boynton, engraver, ATLAS OF AMERICAN HISTORY. ON A NOVEL PLAN. PRESENTING, AT ONE VIEW, THE MOST IMPORTANT EVENTS IN THE HISTORY OF THE COUNTRY, FROM ITS DISCOVERY BY COLUMBUS DOWN TO THE PRESENT TIME…. DESIGNED TO BE THE SAME TO HISTORY THAT MAPS ARE TO GEOGRAPHY. [Cambridge, Mass?]: 1842.

Jerome Holgate’s 1842 Atlas of American History

Jerome Holgate’s Atlas of American History, an ambitious, interesting but unsuccessful attempt to compile and synthesize American history in graphic form. Inspired by the chronological charts of Joseph Priestley and Emmanuel de las Cases (writing pseudonymously as A. le Sage), some time in the 1830s author Jerome Holgate (1812-1893) conceived of an ambitious, five-part series […]

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Wesley W. Garner, For Louisa County Iowa Territory. Columbus City, March 28, 1846.

Territorial-era manuscript map of Louisa County Iowa

A very early manuscript map of Louisa County, established in 1836 along the west bank of the Mississippi River on a huge parcel of land known as the Black Hawk purchase. The 6 million-acre parcel had been purchased under duress from the Hauk, Meskwaki and Ho-Chunk peoples after their defeat in the 1832 Black Hawk War. The […]

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[ Election of 1872 ] Thomas A. Davies / Smart Sc[ulpsit?], WAR! WAR! WAR! TO THE KNIFE ON POLITICAL CORRUPTION. [:] POLITICAL SMASH-UP. Washington, 1872.

Wildly-imaginative cartoon attacking corruption during the Election of 1872

A rare and astonishingly complex cartoon attacking American political corruption during the Election of 1872. No names are named, but the villainous “Big Politician” is surely a stand in for Boss Tweed, the Grant Administration, or more likely both.    This is one of three or four cartoons produced in 1872 by Thomas Albert Davies, a […]

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