Joshua Fry and Peter Jefferson, A MAP of the most INHABITED part of VIRGINIA containing the whole PROVINCE OF Maryland with Part of PENSILVANIA, NEW JERSEY AND NORTH CAROLINA. London: Robert Sayer at No. 53 in Fleet Street & Thomas Jefferys at the Corner of St. Martins Lane, Charing Cross [but Sayer & Bennett], 1775.

Fry & Jefferson’s Map of the Most Inhabited Part of Virginia

The 1775 edition of Fry and Jefferson’s epochal Map of the Most Inhabited Part of Virginia, praised as “the basic cartographical document for Virginia of the eighteenth century [and] the first map of Virginia by Virginians” (Coolie Verner) and “the definitive eighteenth century cartographic document for the colony of Virginia.” (Taliaferro)  In scope, content and […]

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M. Armstrong Geo[grapher] / A. Bell Sc[ulpsit], THIRTY-MILES Round BOSTON. London, August 14, 1775.

Scarce and unusual plan of Revolutionary Boston

A scarce map of the Boston area issued during the earliest phase of the Revolution. This image was published in the Scots Magazine, less than two months after the June 17, 1775 Battle of Bunker Hill and while the British were still besieged in Boston. The map is striking for its unusual circular format, which does […]

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[Max Rosenthal] / L[Lewis or Louis] N. Rosenthal, PANORAMA OF WASHINGTON ALEXANDRIA AND GEORGETOWN. Philadelphia: L. N. Rosenthal, 1862.

An appealing patriotic Civil War-era view of Washington, D.C.

A most appealing patriotic Civil War-era view of Washington, Alexandria and Georgetown, presented in an unusual format. Quite fragile, a remarkable survival, and only the fourth example known. This is one of the deluge of patriotic images that poured from American presses in the early years of the Civil War. It provides a boater’s-eye view […]

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Willard Glazier / Rand McNally & Company, MAP ILLUSTRATIVE OF CAPTAIN WILLARD GLAZIER’S Voyage of Exploration to the Source OF THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER Drawn from Delineations by his Indian Guide CHE-NO-WA-GE-SIC. Chicago, [1881-84?]

Willard Glazier discovers the true source of the Mississippi… or not

A very rare early 1880s persuasive map by first-rate scoundrel Willard Glazier, depicting his alleged expedition to the “true” source of the Mississippi River at “Lake Glazier”, known then and today as Elk Lake and but one of several small ponds feeding Lake Itasca. This remarkable map depicts the upper reaches of the Mississippi extending […]

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Dodd, RAMBLES THROUGH OUR COUNTRY. AN INSTRUCTIVE GEOGRAPHICAL GAME FOR THE YOUNG. Hartford: American Publishing Company, 1881 or a bit later.

Rambles Through Our Country … a spectacular pictorial map of the United States

An early and spectacular example of American pictorial mapping, Rambles through Our Country is a simple educational game requiring players to complete a “grand tour” of the United States. The game is played on a board featuring a spectacular chromolithographic map of the United States. The map bears 200 numbered stations beginning with Hartford—where the […]

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Ca. 1901 promotional plan of the Piedmont development in Portland Oregon

Rare real estate maps of Portland Oregon

A very rare promotional plan for part of the Piedmont development in Portland, Oregon, backed by a large plan of the city. I quote extensively from the web site of the Piedmont Neighborhood Association: “The Piedmont subdivision was platted in 1889 by Edward Quackenbush and promoted in an early flyer as “The Emerald, Portland’s Evergreen […]

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[Monroe Work] / American Map Company, LYNCHINGS BY STATES AND COUNTIES IN THE UNITED STATES 1900 TO 1931 (DATA FROM RESEARCH DEPARTMENT, TUSKEGEE INSTITUTE). [Tipped to rear wrapper of:] George Fort Milton, Chairman et al, Lynchings and What They Mean: General Findings of the Southern Commission on the Study of Lynching. Atlanta: The Commission, [1931].

The shocking prevalence of lynching in the United States

A horrifying thematic map documenting the prevalence of lynching throughout the United States, from a 1931 report by the Southern Commission on the Study of Lynching. Using as its base a simple outline map of the United States by county, the map uses black dots to identify each location of a documented lynching between 1900-1931. […]

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Segeant Turner[?], OMAHA BEACH FRANCE 1944. England, mid-May / early June, 1944?

“Secret” hand-drawn plan of a vital assault point on Omaha Beach

A rare and extremely dramatic manuscript tactical map of the Omaha Beach village of Les Moulins and its immediate surroundings, almost certainly drawn from confidential sources in the days or weeks before D-Day. Background Of the five D-Day landing beaches, that of the American 1st and 29th Infantry Divisions at Omaha was by far the […]

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1633rd Engineering Photomapping Platoon / Intelligence section (G-2) of Fleet Marine Force Pacific / 64th Engineering Topographical Battalion, SPECIAL AIR AND GUNNERY TARGET MAP SCALE 1 : 10,000 [:] G-2 BEACH MAP”A” INSTRUCTIONS PREPARED BY AC of S,G-2 FLEET MARINE FORCE, PACIFIC 28 OCTOBER 1944 FROM PHOTOGRAPHS TO 1 SEPT. 1944 SITUATION TO 25 SEPT. 1944. [Hawaii?], October 28, 1944.

“Secret” 1944 map of Iwo Jima prepared for the American invasion

A rare secret “situation map” of Iwo Jima prepared in anticipation of the February 19, 1945 U.S. invasion. The map shows the landing zones on the island’s southeastern and southwestern beaches and, most importantly, Japanese defensive installations throughout the island in minute detail… at least as they were known to American forces before the battle. […]

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Beatles map [:] John Paul George Ringo. Liverpool: City of Liverpool Public Relations Office, [1974.]

Beatles Map of Liverpool!

An extremely rare poster-size Beatles Map highlighting The Fab Four’s many connections to Liverpool and promoting that city as a tourist destination. Rendered in the graphic style of the Beatles’ animated film Yellow Submarine, this pictorial map highlights areas of Liverpool where the Fab Four were born, lived, studied and performed. It also features Penny […]

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Henry Wellge, CHATTANOOGA. COUNTY SEAT OF HAMILTON COUNTY TENNESSEE . 1886 POPULATION 30,000. Chattanooga: Chattanooga Daily Times, 1886/1887.

Rare Henry Wellge bird’s-eye view of Chattanooga resurgent

A rare 1887 Henry Wellge bird’s-eye view of Chattanooga, Tennessee documenting its post-war resurgence as a major rail hub and manufacturing center. The view depicts Chattanooga in its splendid natural setting, apparently fully recovered from the ravages of the Civil War. In the far background is the massive bulk 2389-foot Lookout Mountain, a long ridge straddling […]

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HARDACRE’S TEMPERANCE MAP ILLUSTRATING THE EFFECT OF ALCOHOLIC DRINKS AND NARCOTICS ON THE HUMAN SYSTEM. Vincennes, IN: F.C. Hardacre, 1906.

A spectacular Temperance Map illustrating the baneful effects of alcohol and tobacco

A mammoth and very rare chromolithographic “Temperance Map” illustrating the baneful effects of alcohol and tobacco, issued near the apogee of the Temperance movement.  Most “temperance maps” with which I am familiar are allegorical in nature, depicting a poor sinner’s journey through an imaginary landscape. By contrast, this arresting image is meant to be taken […]

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Joshua Fry and Peter Jefferson, A MAP of the most INHABITED part of VIRGINIA containing the whole PROVINCE OF Maryland with Part of PENSILVANIA, NEW JERSEY AND NORTH CAROLINA. London: Robert Sayer at No. 53 in Fleet Street & Thomas Jefferys at the Corner of St. Martins Lane, Charing Cross [but Sayer & Bennett], 1775.

Fry & Jefferson’s Map of the Most Inhabited Part of Virginia

The 1775 edition of Fry and Jefferson’s epochal Map of the Most Inhabited Part of Virginia, praised as “the basic cartographical document for Virginia of the eighteenth century [and] the first map of Virginia by Virginians” (Coolie Verner) and “the definitive eighteenth century cartographic document for the colony of Virginia.” (Taliaferro)  In scope, content and […]

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[Monroe Work] / American Map Company, LYNCHINGS BY STATES AND COUNTIES IN THE UNITED STATES 1900 TO 1931 (DATA FROM RESEARCH DEPARTMENT, TUSKEGEE INSTITUTE). [Tipped to rear wrapper of:] George Fort Milton, Chairman et al, Lynchings and What They Mean: General Findings of the Southern Commission on the Study of Lynching. Atlanta: The Commission, [1931].

The shocking prevalence of lynching in the United States

A horrifying thematic map documenting the prevalence of lynching throughout the United States, from a 1931 report by the Southern Commission on the Study of Lynching. Using as its base a simple outline map of the United States by county, the map uses black dots to identify each location of a documented lynching between 1900-1931. […]

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