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Jerome B[onaparte] Holgate / G.W. Boynton, engraver, ATLAS OF AMERICAN HISTORY. ON A NOVEL PLAN. PRESENTING, AT ONE VIEW, THE MOST IMPORTANT EVENTS IN THE HISTORY OF THE COUNTRY, FROM ITS DISCOVERY BY COLUMBUS DOWN TO THE PRESENT TIME…. DESIGNED TO BE THE SAME TO HISTORY THAT MAPS ARE TO GEOGRAPHY. [Cambridge, Mass?]: 1842.

Jerome Holgate’s 1842 Atlas of American History

Jerome Holgate’s Atlas of American History, an ambitious, interesting but unsuccessful attempt to compile and synthesize American history in graphic form. Inspired by the chronological charts of Joseph Priestley and Emmanuel de las Cases (writing pseudonymously as A. le Sage), some time in the 1830s author Jerome Holgate (1812-1893) conceived of an ambitious, five-part series […]

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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 Mathew 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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Soren Eliasen Holm's SAMLING af 50 smaae Landkort i Traesnit

Rare Danish world atlas

The “Samling af 50 smaae Landkort,” a charming 1829 Danish-language school atlas compiled and published by a troubled educator. The atlas includes a double-sheet map of the world and 49 single-sheet maps of the continents; European countries, Russia and Turkey; and Danish regions, all in early outline color (The title calls for 50 maps, counting […]

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Sanborn Map Company / revisions by “Lennox”, HARVARD UNIVERSITY INCLUDING MISCELLANEOUS PROPERTY CAMBRIDGE, MASS. 1940[.] CORRECTED TO APR. 1943. [New York]: Sanborn Map Company, 1940/43.

Extraordinary Sanborn atlas of Harvard University

A marvelous and very rare fire insurance atlas of Harvard University, published in 1940 by the Sanborn Map Company and with pasted-on updates to 1943. This atlas consists of a key map and 13 single-page maps, each ca. 25” by 21” and executed at the colossal scale of 50 feet to the inch. In aggregate […]

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Federal Communications Commission Engineering Department International Division, Maps of Radiotelegraph and Radiotelephone Circuits in Active Operation Between the United States and Territorial Possessions and Foreign Countries. [Washington, D.C.:] Federal Communications Commission, July 16, 1945.

Rare atlas of global telecommunications, issued on the day of the Trinity Test

A rare atlas of global telecommunications links between the United States and the rest of the world, issued at the very end of the Second World War. The Communications Act of 1934 codified the Federal Government’s power to regulate all wire-based and wireless communications and their corporate operators. Broadly speaking, the goals of the Act […]

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Gerard P. Kuiper, PHOTOGRAPHIC LUNAR ATLAS based on photographs taken at the Mount Wilson, Lick, Pic du Midi, McDonald and Yerkes Observatories. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1960.

Kuiper’s magnificent Photographic Lunar Atlas

A monumental photographic atlas of the Moon, with contributions from some of the world’s leading observatories and edited by legendary astronomer Gerard Kuiper.  The Atlas was produced on commission from the U.S. Air Force, with the goal of “present[ing] the surface record of the moon as shown on the best photographs now available.” Offered here […]

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Edward Quin / Sidney Hall (engraver), AN HISTORICAL ATLAS; IN A SERIES OF MAPS OF THE WORLD AS KNOWN AT DIFFERENT PERIODS; CONSTRUCTED UPON AN UNIFORM SCALE, AND COLOURED ACCORDING TO THE POLITICAL CHANGES OF EACH PERIOD: ACCOMPANIED BY A NARRATIVE OF THE LEADING EVENTS EXHIBITED IN THE MAPS: FORMING TOGETHER A GENERAL VIEW OF UNIVERSAL HISTORY, FROM THE CREATION TO A.D. 1828. London: Robert Benton Seeley & William Burnside, 1830.

Edward Quin’s innovative atlas of world history

A striking 1830 historical atlas presenting the progress of history and the expansion of geographical knowledge of the world from a European perspective, depicted on a sequence of twenty-one maps each capturing a historical epoch, with accompanying explanatory text. Note: The illustrations depict only four of the 21 maps in the Atlas; the full contents […]

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Group shot of contents of Drawn and designed by August Ravenstein / Engraved and printed by B. Dondorf, Plastischer Schul-Atlas. Frankfurt am Main: B. Dondorf, [ca. 1854-1865.]

Ravenstein’s Plastischer Schul Atlas

An early edition of the Plastischer Schul Atlas … the first commercially-produced set of raised relief maps, intended for teaching purposes. This charming atlas includes matched sets of eight relief and eight sheet maps of the world, the six continents and Germany. The printing on the two sets is identical, though the coloring of the […]

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