[ Northwest Passage ] Map of the Northwest from [Theodore Swaine Drage (attrib.)] THE GREAT PROBABILITY OF A NORTH WEST PASSAGE: DEDUCED FROM OBSERVATIONS ON THE Letter of Admiral DE FONTE, Who sailed from the Callao of Lima on the Discovery of a Communication BETWEEN THE SOUTH SEA and the ATLANTIC OCEAN; And to intercept some Navigators from Boston in New England, whom he met with, Then in Search of a NORTH WEST PASSAGE. PROVING THE AUTHENTICITY of the Admiral's LETTER. London: Thomas Jefferys 1768.

The Great Probability of a Northwest Passage

First edition of this important 1768 English analysis of existing textual and cartographic source materials relating to the possible existence of a Northwest Passage through Arctic Canada to the Pacific. Much of the driving force for the search for the Northwest Passage in the mid-18th century came from Arthur Dobbs (1689-1765). Dobbs became obsessed with […]

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Cordelia Wilder, THE World. Hingham, [Mass.], 1826

Wonderful 1826 world map by a Hingham, Mass. schoolgirl

An attractive and unusually large manuscript world map by a Hingham, Massachusetts schoolgirl. The map is projected on a double hemisphere, with the continents in very appealing pastel wash and outline color and major topographical and riverine features delicately delineated. The map is dated 1826, but the geography reflects a late 18th century world view, […]

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Conant (mapmaker) / Swett’s Zincography (printer), Map of the Mountain & Lake Regions of New-Hampshire with Rail-Road Routes: by M. Conant, Enrg. Cocheco R.R. Boston, 1852.

The first White Mountains map?

One of the first printed maps—along with Franklin Leavitt’s of the same year—to focus on the Lakes and White Mountains regions of New Hampshire.   This scarce map depicts the region at a very large scale, depicting county and town boundaries, as well as those of public and ungranted lands. Coverage extends from Portsmouth and […]

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George Eldridge / G. W. Boynton, Sc., ELDRIDGE’S CHART OF CHESAPEAKE BAY, JAMES, YORK, RAPPAHANNOCK AND POTOMAC RIVERS. Compiled from the latest surveys by GEORGE ELDRIDGE, HYDROGRAPHER. Boston: S. Thaxter & Son, 1868/1895.

Monumental chart of Chesapeake Bay by George Eldridge

A mammoth George Eldridge chart depicting in detail the waters of Chesapeake Bay and its tributary rivers, most notably the James, York, Rappahannock, the Potomac (extending upstream to Washington, D.C.) and the Patuxent (to Baltimore). An inset at upper right, probably added for the 1888 edition, extends the coverage to Havre de Grace, Maryland. Thousands […]

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Leo von Rosenberg, MAP SHOWING THE MACKAY-BENNETT CABLES IN THE VICINITY OF THE PRINCIPAL FISHING GROUNDS. New York: Commercial Cable Company, 1886.

Extremely rare chart of Transatlantic submarine cables owned by the Commercial Cable Company

An extremely rare navigation chart highlighting the locations of the Transatlantic telegraph cables operated by the Commercial Cable Company (aka Mackay-Bennett), published in 1886 for distribution to fishing vessels.  In the early 1880s Western Union, controlled by Jay Gould, was the dominant player in the Transatlantic telegraph business, a position it gained by leasing existing […]

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An extraordinary but mysterious Shaker image

A remarkable Shaker image from 1887, apparently designed as an educational tool to help arrest the decline of the Shaker community. The chart features a timeline of major Biblical figures and ancient empires; genealogical charts for the descendants of Adam and Eve, Noah, King David, Herod and others; charts listing the miracles and parables of […]

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E. A. Wheeler Goff / Rand McNally & Co., Map Publishers, HISTORICAL MAP OF THE UNITED STATES. SHOWING THE LOCATIONS OF The Principal Historical Events FROM THE DISCOVERY OF AMERICA TO THE PRESENT TIME. Minneapolis: National Historical Publishing Co., 1887.

Mammoth historical map of the United States by educator Eugenia Almira Wheeler Goff

A mammoth, unusual and very rare historical wall map by educator, author, mapmaker and publisher Eugenia Almira Wheeler Goff of Minnesota. Goff’s map depicts the United States as far west as the Great Plains, including all or part of the Dakota Territory, Kansas, Indian Territory and Texas. The map’s enormous size—roughly five feet square—enables her […]

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[Recto:] Cha[rle]s W[ellford] Leavitt, Jr. Landscape Engineer 220 Broadway N.Y.C. / W. Peggs[?] / C. S. Hammond & Co., N.Y., ESTATES of LONG BEACH WILLIAM H. REYNOLDS PRES. LONG ISLAND N.Y. OFFICE 225 5TH AVE –NEW YORK CITY. GENERAL LOT PLAN. [Verso:] Spofford / Engraved and Printed by the Brewer Press, LONG BEACH 24 MILES FROM 34TH ST. NEW YORK. New York: Estates of Long Beach Co., March 1907.

Visionary 1907 plan of Long Beach New York

A most attractive and very rare 1907 promotional plan revealing real estate magnate William H. Reynolds’ typically grandiose vision for the future city of Long Beach, New York. Born poor in 1868, at 18 Reynolds went into business as a builder and real estate broker, “having accumulated capital of $200 by obtaining a 2 per […]

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[Map of Da Nang Vietnam.] [Da Nang: III Marine Amphibious Force, prob. 1967.]

Unrecorded ca. 1967 map of Da Nang, Vietnam, annotated by hand by an American serviceman before and possibly during the Tet Offensive

An unrecorded ca. 1967 III Marine Amphibious Force Drafting Section whiteprint map of Da Nang, Vietnam and its vicinity featuring manuscript notations referencing attacks on American bases before and during the Tet Offensive. U.S. Military installations in and around Da Nang The map depicts the region from Lienchou Bay to the South China Sea and […]

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A. Duplessy [Duplessis], GLOBE PLAT OU MAPPE-MONDE d’une Projection nouvelle DÉDIÉE ET PRÉSENTÉE A S. A. S. MGR. LE PCE. DE CONTI. Paris: A. Duplessy, [1769-70.]

Rare 18th-century paper instrument with an unusual flat earth projection

A rare and unusual instrument, featuring a volvelle with a distinctive flat earth projection of the world. One of only three examples located. The instrument consists of a large engraved diagram mounted on a heavy pasteboard backing, as issued. The central feature of the diagram is a map of the world projected on a single […]

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Jean-Claude Dezauche, MORBIHAN. [No place of publication, bearing the date 1800 in manuscript, but likely later.]

Unique paste-up map of the French Department of Morbihan

A unique composition, being a pasted-up composite map of the département of Morbihan, France. The body of the map has been cut from Dezauche’s 1800 Carte itinéraire de la Bretagne, then squared off with a mix of printed and manuscript borders, with the map area outside the department infilled in manuscript. The map, the key […]

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Odo Staab, [Didactic manuscript map of Europe.] [Germany], 1813.

A remarkable work of educational folk art

A unique and utterly charming early 19th-century manuscript visual compendium, combining cartography and natural history and most likely executed for classroom or tutorial use.  The composition features a central map of Europe, likely based on one from Johannes Walch’s Allgemeiner Atlas, first issued in 1803.  The map is surrounded by a plethora of finely-detailed vignettes: portraits […]

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[Anonymous]. Devizes Prison BLOCK PLAN. [No place, ca. latter part 19th century.]

Plan of a prison influenced by Bentham’s Panopticon

Fascinating 19th-century manuscript architectural plan of a Wiltshire prison on a revolutionary design, owing a debt to Jeremy Bentham’s Panopticon. Devizes Prison (properly Devizes County House of Corrections or colloquially “New Bridewell”) was designed by Richard Ingleman (1777-1838). Construction was completed in 1817, and the facility remained in use until being closed and demolished in […]

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[Anonymous], ΧΑΡΤΗς ΤΗς ΜΕΔΒΑς [Map of Medaba]. [Jerusalem, ca. late 1897-1900?]

Early manuscript rendering of the Madaba Map of the Holy Land

A rare and lovely manuscript based on the famed Madaba Map. One of the most spectacular cartographic relics of the ancient world, this enormous sixth-century mosaic floor map includes the earliest extant map of the Holy Land. Created in the late seventh century, the mammoth mosaic of the Middle East now known as the Madaba Map […]

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Jeu des Explorateurs game published by Charles Watilliaux in 1898

Rare geographic game by Charles Watilliaux

A very rare and educational geographic game by prolific publisher Charles Watilliaux inspired by Jules Verne’s Around the World in Eighty Days. With very high production values and remarkably complete and well preserved. The game consists of eight itineraries for voyages around the world, the first of which replicates that of Verne’s novel. All start […]

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[ Kaiser Wilhelm ] A. Delaye, LE RÈVE DU FOU[:] THE MADMAN’S DREAM. Paris: Ch[arles?] Delaye, 1914.

Kaiser Wilhelm as a madman

A vivid and all-but unrecorded French pictorial map attacking Kaiser Wilhelm early in the First World War. Illustrator Delaye depicts the Kaiser in a pose reminiscent of Frankenstein, lurching toward western Europe with his hands outstretched, dripping blood, while his right boot reaches toward the French possessions in North Africa. A bright-red Germany serves as […]

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Printed by Sir Joseph Causton & Sons, Limited, MAP of CENTRAL AND SOUTH AFRICA. London: Published by Authority at the Offices of “South Africa”, 1941.

Decorative map of southern Africa in the late Colonial era

A large, decorative and enthusiastic 1941 map of southern Africa, reflecting both the sensibilities and the hard political realities of the late-Colonial era. The map depicts Africa below 1° north latitude, with territories color-coded according to the colonizing or controlling European power—pink for the Union of South Africa and Rhodesia; green for Portuguese Mozambique and […]

$450
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SPK [or] PSK, CONFIANCE… SES AMPUTATIONS SE POURSUIVENT MÉTHODIQUEMENT (“Have Faith… The Systematic Amputations Are Continuing.”) [Paris, 1941 or 1942.]

Amputations from the Churchillian octopus

An iconic propaganda poster, published in German-occupied France and depicting Churchill as a badly-wounded octopus. Confiance was intended to undermine support for both the British and Free French forces in the early years of the Second World War. It features possibly the ugliest octopus ever rendered in print, bearing the face of Winston Churchill rendered […]

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Wall map of Slovenia made for the partisan High Command during the Second World War

Unique surviving wall map used by the Slovene Partisan High Command

Thought to be the only known surviving complete example of a wall map made exclusively for the use of the Slovene Partisan High Command during the Second World War. From the estate of the Partisan general and war hero Ivan Maček. The map depicts the numerous Partisan military divisions across Slovenia and the eastern part […]

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