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A rare composite atlas of the French and Indian War

An interesting composite atlas published at the outset of the French and Indian War, likely hurried into print by le Rouge to meet demand for information about events in North America. The images primarily depict towns and forts in North America and the Caribbean, but the atlas also includes two smaller-scale maps of Canadian subjects. Most are […]

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An unknown 18th-century American atlas of the New York Military Tract

A remarkable find, being a hitherto unknown American atlas of the Military Tract townships in New York’s Finger Lakes Region, published 1793-94 and with twenty 18th-century American printed maps unrecorded in the cartographic literature. Signed and massively annotated at an early date by New York speculator and canal promoter Elkanah Watson. Owned in partnership with […]

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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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A remarkable allegorical atlas

First edition of this extremely rare allegorical atlas, remarkable for its structure, intellectual cohesion and state of preservation. The atlas consists of a suite of ten allegorical maps, here interspersed throughout a six-volume collection of anecdotes, jokes and amusing stories. The first volume includes a General Map of the Moral World, followed in succeeding volumes […]

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Rare American atlas of the wars of the French Revolution and Napoleon

An unusual and very rare little atlas, reflecting ongoing American interest in the affairs of Europe in general and the Napoleonic Wars in particular. The seven folding maps include “Frontiers of Germany and Holland,” “Italy with the Alpine Frontiers,” “Map of Germany as Defined by the Peace of Paris… 1814,” “Egypt and Part of Syria,” “Spain […]

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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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Moses Greenleaf, ATLAS ACCOMPANYING GREENLEAF’S MAP AND STATISTICAL SURVEY OF MAINE… Portland: Shirley & Hyde, [1829].

Moses Greenleaf atlas of Maine… “unparalleled in its time” (Thompson)

A Maine rarity, being the Moses Greenleaf state atlas of 1829. Greenleaf was “a champion of central Maine development, an ardent supporter of statehood, an early and vocal advocate of Maine’s claim in the Northeastern Boundary Controversy, an accurate compiler of statistics and data about Maine, and a careful and dedicated cartographer of maps of […]

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1829 Emma Willard "A SERIES OF MAPS TO WILLARD’S History of the United States"

A landmark historical atlas by Emma Willard, America’s first female map maker

The first historical atlas of the United States, by Emma Willard, a pioneering educator who in the service of her broader mission became America’s first female map maker. Willard’s atlas features twelve single- or double-sheet maps, beginning with an “introductory map” of the “locations and wanderings of the aboriginal tribes.” Though Native American peoples had […]

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Emma Willard Series of Maps to Willard's History of the United States

A landmark historical atlas by Emma Willard, America’s first female map maker

The first historical atlas of the United States, by pioneering educator Emma Willard who in the service of her broader mission became America’s first female map maker. Willard’s atlas features twelve single- or double-sheet maps, beginning with an “introductory map” of the “locations and wanderings of the aboriginal tribes.” Though Native American peoples had long […]

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A “sweeping application of thematic cartography”

First edition of d’Angeville’s revolutionary publication, the first major work arranged around thematic maps. D’Angeville (1796-1856) can be credited with refining and expanding the application of the “chloropleth” map first developed by his predecessors Baron Charles Dupin (1784-1873) and Andre-Michel Guerry (1802-1866). These are maps in which areas are shaded or patterned in proportion to the […]

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