Frederick Law Olmsted, THE COTTON KINGDOM. A TRAVELLER’S OBSERVATIONS ON COTTON AND SLAVERY IN THE AMERICAN STATES. New York: Mason Brothers and London: Sampson Low, Son & Co., 1861.

Olmsted’s Map of the Cotton Kingdom and Its Dependencies, “a landmark in American statistical cartography” (Schulten)

First American edition of Frederick Law Olmsted’s critical account of the Southern slave economy, published early in the Civil War and illustrated by a remarkable persuasive map of the Cotton Kingdom and Its Dependencies. Olmsted (1822-1903) was a man of extraordinary energy and intellectual scope, though illness had prevented him from ever gaining a college […]

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By a lady, A MAP OF THE FORTIFIED COUNTRY OF MAN’S HEART EXHIBITING ITS DEFENCES AND MODES OF EXPOSURE TO ATTACK: By a Lady. New York: Kelloggs & Thayer; Hartford: E.B. & E.C. Kellogg; Buffalo: D. Needham, 1846.

Map of the Fortified Country of Man’s Heart

A rare 19th-century persuasive map of man’s heart, originally one of an allegorical pair contrasting male and female values and painting a pessimistic view of love and marriage. These have been ably described by Nancy Finlay, whom I quote at length: “A Map of the Open Country of Woman’s Heart shows canals, rivers, roads, and a […]

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W. Mackwitz Sc. St. Louis / Trowbridge & Petford Des. Chi[cago] / “Printed in Our Own Advertising Department”, NICKNAMES OF THE STATES. Decatur, IL: H. W. Hill & Co., 1884.

Nicknames of the States … a porcine promotional by H. W. Hill & Co.

A colorful, clever, appealing and very rare cartographic promotional, published in 1884 by H.W. Hill & Co., the nation’s largest supplier of triangular hog rings, with which breeders pierced hogs’ snouts to deter their natural instinct for rooting. The rings are still manufactured today, but for more pedestrian uses such as fastening portions of wire […]

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Walter Vrooman, Map of New York City SHOWING CONCRETE SOCIALISM IN RED, AND PRIVATE ENTERPRISES IN WHITE, 1895. Baltimore: Patriotic Literature Publishing Co., 1895.

“Concrete Socialism” in 19th-century New York

Walter Vrooman (1869-) was a socialist reformer best known as a leader of the Ruskin Hall Movement, which was committed to the ideal of providing low-cost higher education for the working class. After helping found the Ruskin Hall (known today as Ruskin College) in Oxford, England—a calculated “in your face” to the University–in 1900 Vrooman […]

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Maurice Neumont / P.J. Gallais et Cie., Edit. Imp., En 1788 MIRABEAU disait deja : LA GUERRE est l’industrie Nationale de la PRUSSE [“Already in 1788 Mirabeau was saying: War is the national industry of Prussia.”] Paris, [1917.]

First World War propaganda map by Maurice Neumont, portraying Prussia as an octopus

A brilliantly-designed and brutally-effective First World War propaganda map by Maurice Neumont, comparing Germany to a monstrous octopus threatening Europe. Germany is shown in different shadings of red, indicating its numerous annexations of surrounding territory since 1740, the most recent being the 1871 seizure of Alsace-Lorraine during the Franco-Prussian War. Sprawled across Germany is a […]

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Imp. G. Delattre & Cie, 99 Fauborg de Temple, Paris, ETATS-UNIS “Nous sommes frères dans la même cause” (President Wilson). Paris, [prob. May-June 1917].

“We are brothers in the same cause” (Woodrow Wilson)

A First World War propaganda map quoting Woodrow Wilson, published in France to celebrate the entrance of the United States into the war on the side of the Entente.  “On April 6, 1917, the United States entered World War I. Our European allies, who had been fighting for almost three years with massive losses, were […]

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Frederic M. Thrasher, CHICAGO’S GANGLAND PREPARED BY FREDERIC M. THRASHER 1923-26. [Chicago, 1927 or later.]

Mapping Chicago’s Gangland during the Roaring Twenties

A remarkable thematic map documenting the distribution of gang activity in Chicago, compiled by groundbreaking sociologist Frederic Thrasher. Chicago’s Gangland was originally issued to illustrate Frederic Thrasher’s seminal 1926 study The Gang: A Study of 1,313 Gangs in Chicago. Thrasher’s concern was not primarily with “The Mob” of Al Capone, but rather second-generation immigrant children who evolved from “play […]

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Henry J[efferson] (Heinie) Lawrence, Map Showing ISLE OF PLEASURE Scale TWO FINGERS TO THE DRINK [:] LIQUID MEASURE—8 DRINKS MAKE 1 PINT—2 PINTS MAKE ONE HAPPY. Houston, 1931.

Anti-Prohibition map of the Isle of Pleasure

An immensely witty imaginary map lampooning Prohibition, just a couple of years before its repeal in 1933. The map’s central feature is the skull-shaped Isle of Pleasure and its primary political unit, the “State of Inebriation.” The island and its surrounding waters are “replete with anti-prohibition satire, jokes, puns, alcoholic references & liquor names and […]

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Lambert Guenther, SAFEGUARDING OUR AMERICAN LIBERTY. New York: C. S. Hammond & Co., 1941.

” Safeguarding Our American Liberty ” on the eve of the Second World War

Safeguarding Our American Liberty is a spectacular pictorial map designed to convey United States’ military might and preparedness, produced as war raged in Europe but prior to the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. It was recently featured in two important volumes on 20th-century mapping, Curtis and Pedersen’s War Map: Pictorial Conflict Maps 1900-1950 and Hornsby’s […]

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Edward McCandlish, RATION MAP OF U.S. Bradford, Mass.: Le Baron-Bonney Co., 1943.

Satirical 1943 Ration Map of the United States by Edward McCandlish

A rare and marvelously entertaining 1943 pictorial ” Ration Map ” by Edward McCandlish, satirizing rationing in the United States during the Second World War. Early in the Second World War President Roosevelt established the Office of Price Administration (OPA). The new agency was charged with controlling prices of and regulating demand for materials essential […]

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Robert G. Ridgway, THE RECORD: THE FOLLOWING IS A LIST OF COUNTRIES THAT HAVE GONE COMMUNIST IN THE PAST 24 YEARS. Minneapolis: Citizens for Goldwater-Miller, [Summer-Fall] 1964.

1964 Barry Goldwater campaign handbill attacking the Democrats as soft on Communism

An unrecorded 1964 handbill issued by the Barry Goldwater presidential campaign, using a persuasive map to reinforce its argument that Democrats are soft on Communism. The election of 1964 pitted incumbent Democrat Lyndon Johnson against Republican Barry Goldwater, who ran on a deeply conservative small-government, low-tax, anti-Communism platform. Johnson, by contrast, leaned heavily on the […]

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Color printing. [Jacques-Fabien] Gautier [D’Agoty] / Gautier fils (engraver), CARTE ABR[E]GEE du CANADA levee sur les lieux par M.*** resident a Quebec année 1754. Paris: [Gautier], 1755.

18th-century cartographic color printing, by Gautier D’Agoty

A rare and fascinating thematic map of northeastern North America by a French artist, printer, anatomist and crackpot geologist, remarkable also as an early example of color printing. A former pupil of Jacob Christoph Le Blon, and a pioneer in color-printing, Jacques Fabien Gautier D’Agoty (1717-1785) improved on the methods of his teacher by developing […]

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NA, A New and Correct PLAN of the TOWN of BOSTON. London, October-November 1775

Revolutionary War plan of Boston from the Gentleman’s Magazine

A detailed plan of Boston published in 1775 in the Gentleman’s Magazine and showing streets and street names, landmarks such as the Liberty Tree and Long Wharf, and numerous  fortifications. Charlestown, destroyed during the June 1775 Battle of Bunker Hill, is shown “in Ruins.” The then-geography of the city is striking. At the time, the city […]

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Jules Marcou, GEOLOGICAL MAP OF THE UNITED STATES and the British Provinces of North America. Boston: Gould & Lincoln, 1853.

Landmark geological map of the United States by Jules Marcou

The 1853 first edition of an impressive but controversial geological map of the United States by the well-traveled Jules Marcou. Jules Marcou (1824-1898) trained first as a mathematician but in his early twenties transferred his interest and talents to geology. His natural talents came to the attention of Louis Agassiz and others, and in 1845—at […]

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J.H. Millar of the firm Bryan & Millar, Panora, Guthrie Co., Iowa (mapmaker) / G.H. Yewel (illustrator) / Cook, Sargent & Downey (publishers) / W. Schuchman, 3d St. Pittsburgh (lithographer), IOWA CITY AND ITS ENVIRONS. Iowa City: Cook, Sargent & Downey, 1854.

1854 wall map promoting Iowa City

A rare, detailed and attractive 1854 wall map of Iowa City produced as a promotional piece on behalf of local real estate investors. The territorial legislature of Iowa established Iowa City in 1839. The city was surveyed and platted later that year, and in 1841 the territorial capital shifted there from Burlington. Following Iowa’s accession […]

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