Henry Scott illustrated trade card advertising pineapples and other products to be had through his Surrey nursery

Gardener Henry Scott pushes pineapples in Georgian England

A rare and lovely broadside trade card for British gardener Henry Scott, reflecting Georgian England’s craze for pineapples and other tropical fruits. A proof copy, edited in manuscript by Scott and with a note from him likely addressed to renowned fellow gardener Thomas Knowlton. Henry Scott was gardener for Richard Boyle, the 3rd Earl of […]

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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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Ellicott’s map of the Holland Land Company purchase in New York

Ellicott’s map of the Holland Land Company purchase in New York

A remarkable map, documenting the most successful of the great American land speculations of the late 18th century… organized by a Swiss financier and funded by the Holland Land Company. Background In 1791 the speculator Robert Morris of Philadelphia obtained control of essentially all of New York State west of the Genesee River—some 3,750,000 acres […]

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General Land Office map of the Northern Part of Missouri Territory

First General Land Office survey in the trans-Mississippi West

A scarce and most important map of a portion of the Missouri Territory at the confluence of the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers. Most likely issued in 1818, it is one of the earliest maps issued by the General Land Office and the first printed map to record Land Office surveys west of the Mississippi.   […]

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Coast Survey chart of the Pacific Northwest annotated by George Davidson

George Davidson tracks the West Coast voyage of Sebastian Vizcaino

  Coast Survey chart of the Northern California and Oregon Coast, heavily annotated by George Davidson in his effort to reconstruct the 1603 voyages of Vizcaino and Aguilar. Born in England, Davidson (1825-1911) emigrated to the United States in 1832. After graduating from Girard College in Philadelphia, in 1845 he began a five-decade career with […]

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Timothy Edward Downs Map of Best Free Stuff on the Internet 1995

Map of “free stuff” on the Internet in 1995

One of the earliest maps of the Internet, providing a curated guide to the “best” free content available on line as of 1995. Designed by legendary technical artist Timothy Edward Downs as a bonus for purchasers of PC Computing magazine. PC Computing and Timothy Edward Downs Back in the early nineties PC Magazine, PC World […]

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John H. Renshawe / United States Geological Survey, PANORAMIC VIEW OF THE CRATER LAKE NATIONAL PARK, OREGON. Washington, D.C.: Department of the Interior, [ca. 1914.]

Panoramic View of the Crater Lake National Park

A spectacular bird’s-eye view of Crater Lake National Park in Oregon, prepared by John H. Renshawe (1852-1934) from topographic sheets of the United States Geological Survey. Established in 1902 and encompassing the volcanic caldera of the now-extinct Mount Mazama, Crater Lake is one of the country’s oldest national parks and the only one in Oregon. […]

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