Col. Benjamin Church (ca. 1639-1718) / Thomas Church, Esq. (ca. 1673-1746), THE ENTERTAINING HISTORY OF King Philip’s WAR, Which began in the Month of June, 1675. AS ALSO OF EXPEDITIONS MORE LATELY MADE Against the Common Enemy, and Indian Rebels, in the Eastern Parts of New-England… Newport, RI: Solomon Southwick, 1772.

Benjamin Church’s Entertaining History of King Philip’s War, with the important Revere engraving of Metacomet

Benjamin Church’s extraordinary history of King Philip’s War, in the desirable 2nd edition with two engraved portraits by Revere, including the important engraving of Metacomet. Background King Philip’s War erupted in June 1675, after years of deteriorating relations between the Massachusetts and Plymouth colonies and the Wampanoag tribes around Narragansett Bay. Fighting began at the […]

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The HARBOUR of CHARLES TOWN in South-Carolina from the Surveys of Sr. Jas. Wallace Captn. In his Majestys Navy & Others, with A VIEW of the TOWN from the SOUTH SHORE of Ashley River. London: J.F.W. Des Barres, Esqr., Nov. 1, 1777.

Chart of Charleston, South Carolina from The Atlantic Neptune

Spectacular Revolutionary-era chart of the harbor of Charleston, South Carolina, likely compiled from Colonial-era surveys and British reconnaissance just before the 1776 Battle of Sullivan’s Island. Published in the Atlantic Neptune, it was for its time by far the finest printed chart of the area. Blessed by a large, sheltered harbor and proximity to the […]

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Alexander von Humboldt, designer; Schonberger and Turpin, draftsmen; Bouquet and Beauble, engravers; Langlois, printer, Tableau physique des Andes et Pays voisins Dressé d'après des Observations & des Mesures prises Sur les Lieux depuis le 10 degré de latitude boréale jusqu’au 10e de latitude australe en 1799, 1800, 1801, 1802 et 1803 PAR ALEXANDRE DE HUMBOLDT ET AIMÉ BONPLAND. Paris, [1805].

Revolutionary image of the Andes by Alexander von Humboldt

The 1805 Tableau physique des Andes et Pays voisins by Alexander von Humboldt, his extraordinary attempt to render in a single image the ecology of the equatorial regions. One of the great scientific images and infographics of any era, here in a rare, separately issued example on luxurious paper. Background Though Humboldt (1769-1859) was raised […]

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H[eman] Stebbins / Pendleton’s Lithography, MAP OF WORCESTER SHIRE TOWN OF THE COUNTY OF WORCESTER. Worcester[?]: C[larendon] Harris, 1833.

Rare 1833 map of Worcester Massachusetts

A fine and rare map depicting the human and natural geography of Worcester, Massachusetts. First settled by the English in 1674 the area was twice abandoned during King Phillip’s and Queen Anne’s Wars before being permanently resettled in 1713, incorporated in 1722 and named seat of the newly-created Worcester County in 1731. Taking advantage of […]

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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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Binding of Heerman and Cogswell's 1875 Hieroglyphic Geography

A most unusual hieroglyphic geography of New England and New York

A remarkable “ hieroglyphic geography ” of New England and New York by two women associated with the Cooper Union Engraving School.  The atlas is simple in organization, with separate sections for each of the six New England states plus New York. Each section consists of a half-title; a page with a tiny map and […]

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Edward Rollandet, THAYER’S MAP of the BLACK HILLS and BIG HORN COUNTRY Carefully prepared from the Official Maps of the General Land Office. Explorations of Capt. Wm. Ludlow and from latest Maps of the routes of General Custer and other Officers of the Army, furnished by Capt. W.S. Stanton Chief Engr. Dept. of the Platte and from the Engineer Dept. at Washington. Denver: H. L. Thayer, 1877.

A Western rarity: Thayer’s Map of the Black Hills and Big Horn Country (1877)

A superb and extremely rare map of the Black Hills, Wyoming Territory and adjacent areas soon after the conclusion of the Great Sioux War of 1876, depicting vastly-improved geographic knowledge of the region, the growing impact of the arrival of the Union Pacific and Northern Pacific Railroads, and the ongoing dispossession of the Plains Indians. […]

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George H. Walker 1902 bird's eye view of Mount Washington

Spectacular bird’s eye view of Mount Washington

A spectacular promotional bird’s-eye view of Mount Washington and the White Mountains, issued by the Boston & Maine Railroad. By the early 20th century the Lakes and White Mountain regions of New Hampshire were major tourist destinations, with a well-developed network of hotels and resort towns and villages. With the proliferation of the automobile some […]

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Henry Wellge, PANORAMIC VIEW OF BUTTE, MONTANA. Milwaukee: Henry Wellge, 1904

1904 bird’s-eye view of Butte Montana

A finely-detailed bird’s-eye view of Butte, Montana, “The Largest Mining Camp on Earth,” published by Henry Wellge in 1904, near the end of the Copper Wars. The view presents Butte as “A Model City with All Modern Institutions and Conveniences” as seen from an imaginary viewpoint to the southwest, looking across the city to the […]

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10 War Department Newsmaps from 1945, focusing on the pivot to the Pacific Theatre

Ten War Dept. Newsmaps from 1945, focusing on the pivot to the Pacific

Ten striking propaganda Newsmaps published by the U.S. War Department during the Second World War, covering roughly the period between the surrenders of Nazi Germany and Japan. Unusual in being accompanied by their original War Department mailing envelope. This run of Newsmaps is not continuous, but all were issued between May 7 and August 13, […]

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Jos[eph] F[rederick] W[allet] Des Barres Esqr.,The Coast of Nova Scotia, New England, NEW-YORK, JERSEY, The GULPH and RIVER of St. LAWRENCE. The ISLANDS of Newfoundland, Cape Breton, St. John, Antecosty, Sable & c. and SOUNDINGS thereof. [London:] I.F.W. Des Barres Esqr., Nov. 1, 1780 [but probably mid-late 1784].

The capstone of the British mapping of northeastern North America

A rare, monumental and momentous general chart of northeastern North America, representing the capstone of British efforts to map the region after the end of the French and Indian War, and described as “by far the most accurate cartographic rendering of its subject made for many decades.” (Alex Johnson) This example separately published, probably in […]

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Osgood Carleton, AN ACCURATE MAP, of The DISTRICT OF MAINE Being Part of the Commonwealth of MASSACHUSETTS: Compiled pursuant to an Act of the GENERAL COURT, From Actual Surveys of the several Towns &c. TAKEN BY THEIR ORDER: Exhibiting, the boundary Lines of the District the Counties and Towns, the principal Roads, Rivers, Mountains, Mines, Islands, Rocks, Shoals, Channels, Lakes, Ponds, Falls, Mills, Manufactures, and Public Buildings, with the Latitudes and Longitudes &c. Boston: Published and Sold by O. Carleton & J. Norman, [1798.]

Osgood Carleton’s 1798 Accurate Map of the District of Maine

A great rarity, Osgood Carleton’s Accurate Map of the District of Maine is among the most desirable early Maine maps, the most detailed to appear in the eighteenth century, and one of the earliest maps sponsored by an American state. Carleton’s map depicts the then-District of Maine at a scale of six miles to the […]

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[John and Morton Edgar], PASSAGE SYSTEM OF THE GREAT PYRAMID OF GIZEH IN THE LAND OF EGYPT June—July 1909. [Glasgow: Bone & Hulley, 1910 or later].

The brothers Edgar tackle the Great Pyramid of Giza

A large, striking and exceedingly rare banner with a cutaway view of the Great Pyramid of Giza, reflecting the observations and conclusions of early 20th-century pyramidologists John and Morton Edgar. Broadly speaking, pyramidology is the study of early pyramids with an eye toward uncovering their hidden metaphysical, mystical, prophetic, spiritual and/or theological significance. The underlying […]

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