L[ouise-Philip] Boitard Invt. et Delin. / J[ohn] June Sculp., BRITISH RESENTMENT or the FRENCH fairly COOPT at Louisbourg. London: Printed for T. Bowles in St. Pauls Church Yard, & Jno. Bowles & Son, in Cornhil [sic], 25 Septr. 1755.

Rare 1755 cartoon predicting British victory in North America

A fantastic, if premature, political cartoon predicting British victory in the French and Indian War.    The title of the print refers to one of the opening battles of the War, when on June 8, 1755 off Newfoundland a squadron under Admiral Boscawen captured two French ships loaded with reinforcements for Louisbourg. Boscawen’s aggression, the print […]

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A New SURUEY of the Harbour of BOSTON in NEW ENGLAND. Done by Order of the Principall officers and Comissioners of his Ma.ties Navy and sold by George Grierson ... [Dublin]: George Grierson, [1730 or later].

A rare and important chart of Boston Harbor

A considerable rarity, the Dublin edition of the most detailed chart of Boston Harbor for its time, first engraved and published for inclusion in the English Pilot. Fourth Book, the most important English 18th-century pilot book of North America and the Caribbean. The chart was of considerable influence and longevity, as it was not fully […]

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John Montresor, Engineer / P. Andrews Sculp, Dukes Court St. Martins Lane, A PLAN OF THE CITY OF NEW YORK & its ENVIRONS to Greenwich, on the North, or Hudsons River, and to Crown Point, on the East or Sound River… Survey’d in the Winter, 1775. London: A[ndrew] Dury, [1768] /ca. 1775.

Montresor’s plan of New York City during the Stamp Act Riots

A lovely example of this landmark map of New York City, based on surveys made during the Stamp Act Crisis by John Montresor, arguably Great Britain’s longest-serving and most accomplished military engineer in America. Montresor (1736-99) had a long, varied and almost unbelievably accomplished career in the American Colonies, beginning with service during the French […]

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[Docketed on verso:] “Order of Battle of Sir Wm. Howe’s Army. 8th June 1777.” [No place], June 8, 1777.

A rare order of battle for William Howe’s army in New York

A very rare chart of the order of battle of General Howe’s army in New York as of June 8, 1777, just before Howe’s departure for the campaign against Philadelphia. Context The British campaign plans for 1777 evolved over the preceding winter with no small amount of disagreement.  Ultimately, the Secretary of State for the […]

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H[enry] M[uhlenberg] Richards / Engraved, printed and sold by C.F. Egelmann, GROUND PLAN OF READING. / MAP OF BERKS COUNTY SURVEYED BY H.M. Richards. Penns Mount, PA: C.F. Egelmann, [ca. 1825].

Early map of Reading, Pennsylvania, with wonderful folk-art elements

A charming and extremely rare map of Reading and Berks County, by an important Pennsylvania surveyor and with wonderful decorative elements. Reading was laid out along the Schuylkill River in 1748 and became the seat of Berks County in 1752.  In the early 19th century it benefited mightily from the boom in canal and turnpike […]

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Anonymous, writing under the pseudonym “Victoria by Albert” [but John Merrill?] / G.F. Kimball, Printer, Royal Despatch of Her Majesty to Hon. John Merrill, Flume House, N. H. East Canaan, NH, [1857?]

Self-promotion by the White Mountains’ “Arctic Philosopher”?

An off-the-wall and extremely rare broadside purportedly reprinting the text of a letter addressed to White Mountains legend John Merrill (but quite possibly written by him), bearing commendations and further information from Queen Victoria and the “Grand Lama” on Merrill’s theory of a hollow Earth. In the mid-19th century John Merrill (1802-1892) became a White […]

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M. Wood White / Engraved & Printed by H.J. Toudy & Co. Philadelphia, WHITE’S COUNTY AND DISTRICT MAP OF THE STATE OF WEST VIRGINIA From the most recent Surveys & Authentic Sources. Grafton, W. Va: M. Wood White, 1875.

An early and very rare large-format map of West Virginia

A fine, large-format map of West Virginia, published to promote investment in the years following the Civil War. The map is exceptionally detailed, locating counties, towns, post offices, railroads, roads, rivers, lakes, mountains, and, not least, the coal deposits that formed the basis of the state’s economy.  The title block includes a fine image of […]

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A somewhat mysterious Shaker infographic

A remarkable infographic, perhaps designed in the 1880s as an educational tool to help arrest the decline of the Shaker Church. 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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Brooks Bank Note & Lith’g Co., BIRDS EYE VIEW OF THE White Mountains. Portland: G.W. Morris, ca. 1890s.

A striking bird’s-eye view of the White Mountains

A striking bird’s-eye view of New Hampshire’s White Mountains, produced to supply the burgeoning tourist trade of the late 19th century. By the end of the 19th century the Lakes and White Mountain regions of New Hampshire had become major tourist destinations, with a well-developed network of rail and coach links, hotels and inns, and […]

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T[homas] Kennard Thomson, Consulting Engineer [Extract of a U.S. Geological Survey map of New York City, with manuscript additions delineating a proposed extension of Manhattan into New York Harbor]. New York, March 22, 1911. Map printed in colors with additions in ms, 11 ¼”h x 29 ¼”w at sheet edge, mounted on board. Accompanied by early exhibition label. [with:] --, CITY OF NEW MANHATTAN, PROPOSED MAY 1911, REVISED MAY 1930. New York, May 1930. Ms in ink on surveyor’s linen, 28 ½”h x 24 ½”w at sheet edge. Minor dampstaining, else excellent.

Two manuscript plans for a visionary extension of Manhattan Island

Two visionary manuscript maps by T. Kennard Thomson (1864-1952), an architect and engineer whose work helped shape early 20th-century American urban landscapes. These maps, created in 1911 and 1930, delineate Thomson’s proposal for “New Manhattan”, an ambitious landfill project to extend Manhattan Island eight miles into New York Harbor. The first map represents Thomson’s preliminary […]

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Louise E. Jefferson, UPROOTED PEOPLE OF THE U.S.A. New York: Friendship Press, 1945.

Louise E. Jefferson map highlighting WWII-era dislocation in the U.S.

A rare 1945 pictorial map by pioneering African-American illustrator Louise E. Jefferson, remarkable for its compassionate yet (arguably) apolitical look at the massive population dislocations caused by the Second World War. A panel at lower left states the basic point of the map: “Since 1940, 25,000,000 Americans have been physically uprooted. They are part of […]

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511 PARACHUTE INFANTRY REGIMENTAL HIST. LEYTE CAMPAIGN (20 OCT.-27 DEC.) 1944. NP, but Philippines, 1944/1945.

Rare (unique?) record of a storied American airborne regiment on Leyte Island

A rare and possibly unique record of a fabled parachute infantry regiment, recording in text and maps its exploits during the harrowing invasion of Leyte Island in late 1944. This campaign was the opening round of the American campaign, commanded by Douglas MacArthur, to reconquer the Philippines from the Japanese. This typed, mimeographed report documents […]

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[Lucille] Corcos, MEDICAL EVENTS IN NORTH AMERICA. [Chicago?]: Abbott Laboratories, 1950.

Pictorial map celebrating American medical science

A lively, fascinating and surprisingly scarce pictorial map celebrating medical milestones in North America, drawn by prolific illustrator Lucille Corcos as a promotional for pharmaceutical firm Abbott Laboratories. Unusually rare for a mid-century pictorial, with this being on the fourth example located. The underlying map shows most of the continental United States and extends from […]

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Vietnam-era broadside protesting UC-Berkeley’s complicity in the U.S. war machine

An appalling and very rare piece of anti-war propaganda calling attention to the University of California-Berkeley’s involvement in defense research during the Vietnam War. The broadside features a persuasive map of the Berkeley campus, overprinted in color to indicate programs with contracts with the Department of Defense (blue) and the Atomic Energy Commission (red).  A […]

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Bernard Romans, AN EXACT VIEW OF THE LATE BATTLE AT CHARLESTOWN. JUNE 17TH. 1775. In which an advanced Party of about 700 Provincials stood an Attack made by 11 Regiments & a Train of Artillery, & after an Engagement of 2 Hours Retreated to their Main Body at Cambridge. Leaving Eleven Hundred of the Regulars Killed and Wounded upon the Field. London: Printed for Mess. Wallis & Stonehouse, No. 16, Ludgate Street as the Act directs. June 4, 1776.

Bernard Romans’ rare view of the Battle of Bunker Hill

Only the fourth known impression of this large-format depiction of the Battle of Bunker Hill by polymathic surveyor, mapmaker, military engineer, and natural historian Bernard Romans. Background After the April 19th battles at Lexington and Concord American militia formed a ring of encampments and fortifications surrounding Boston. But they lacked the training or equipment to […]

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Anonymous, An ACCURATE MAP of the Present Seat of Action between the BRITISH & AMERICAN ARMYS Comprehending NEW YORK Staten Island Long Island Connecticut & the Jerseys. [London, 1776?]

Extraordinarily rare Revolutionary War textile map of New York

Only the second known example of this striking map printed on calico to celebrate the 1776 British invasion of New York City and surroundings. Background After the British evacuation of Boston and retreat to Halifax in March 1776, the Americans held tenuous control of the East Coast from Maine to Georgia. The reality of the […]

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John Filson /Henry D. Pursell (engraver) / T[enoor] Rook (printer), This Map of KENTUCKE, Drawn from actual Observations, is inscribed with the most perfect respect, to the Honorable the Congress of the United States of America; and to his Excell.cy George Washington late Commander in Chief of their Army. By their Humble Servant, John Filson. Philadelphia: John Filson, 1784 [but 1785?]

Filson’s “Kentucke”, “a monument of American map-making from the nation’s earliest period” (Nebenzahl)

  Filson’s map of Kentucky, one of the great rarities of early Kentucky and Virginia cartography, and rightly described by Nebenzahl as “a monument of American map-making from the nation’s earliest period.” With superlative provenance to an important Southern religious community. Filson prepared the map to illustrate his seminal work, THE DISCOVERY, SETTLEMENT And present […]

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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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