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A[ugust] F[riedrich] W[ilhelm] Crome / F.A. Pingeling Sculpsit Hamburg, NEUE CARTE VON EUROPA welch die merkwürdigsten Producte und vernehmsten Handelsplätze dem Flächen-Inhalt aller Europäischen Länder…. Dessau, 1782.

The first attempt at economic mapping

A detailed thematic map illustrating European agricultural, extractive and manufacturing activity at the end of the 18th century. Thought to be the earliest example of economic mapping. Crome’s map illustrates the distribution across Europe of the production of 56 commodities and other products, including gold, copper, wine, fruit, salt, hemp, silk, horses, and so on. The symbols for each […]

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1793 Jonathan Williams chart of Gulf Stream

An 18th-century Gulf Stream chart, with a Ben Franklin connection

A scarce and interesting 1793 chart depicting the Gulf Stream, as well as thermometric observations of the Atlantic made on several trans-Atlantic voyages by Jonathan Williams, Jr. A grand-nephew of Benjamin Franklin, Williams (1750-1815) served as his personal secretary during Franklin’s time as American agent in England in the early 1770s and as ambassador to […]

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Lewis Evans / Benjamin Franklin (printer) / James Turner (engraver), A general MAP of the MIDDLE BRITISH COLONIES, in AMERICA; Viz VIRGINIA, MARILAND, DELAWARE, PENSILVANIA, NEW-JERSEY, NEW-YORK, CONNECTICUT, and RHODE ISLAND: Of AQUANISHUONÎGY, the Country of the Confederate Indians; … By Lewis Evans. 1755. [Bound in:] Geographical, Historical, Political, Philosophical and Mechanical ESSAYS. The FIRST, Containing An ANALYSIS Of a General MAP of the MIDDLE BRITISH COLONIES IN AMERICA; And of the Country of the Confederate Indians; A Description of the Face of the Country;…By LEWIS EVANS. The second EDITION. PHILADELPHIA: Printed by B. FRANKLIN, and D. HALL. MDCCLV. And sold by J. and R. DODSLEY, in Pall-Mall, London.

Gorgeous example of Lewis Evans’ Map of the Middle British Colonies

A superb example in full original color of the rare first state of the Lewis Evans Map of the Middle British Colonies, called by Schwartz and Ehrenberg “the most ambitious performance of its kind undertaken in America up to that time.” Bound in, as issued, to Evans’ Analysis of a General Map of the Middle […]

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Know Thyself! Lectures on Phrenology by Dr. J. P. M’Lean at [blank] on the Evening of [blank.] Subjects: How to Read Character Scientifically; Including the Physical, Social, Moral, and Intellectual Development of the Race. Public Examinations at the Close of Each Lecture. [New York]: Office of the “Phrenological Journal,” 389 Broadway. S. R. Wells, Publisher, [c. 1870].

Mammoth phrenology broadside

A large and impressive illustrated broadside issued by one of the leading publishers of phrenological material, designed for the use of those organizing public lectures on the subject of phrenology and likely part of the publisher’s campaign to sell copies of a book on the subject. Appearing at the top of the broadside is the […]

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A rare 18th-century American world map, with a Ben Franklin connection

A very large American world map published in the 18th century, bearing an interesting connection to Ben Franklin and his Gulf Stream research. The map was drawn by Captain Thomas Truxtun (1755-1822), who had an illustrious naval career as a privateer during the Revolution, a well-traveled merchant captain during the post-war years, and finally a […]

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An 18th-century Gulf Stream chart, with a Ben Franklin connection

An interesting chart depicting the Gulf Stream and thermometric observations of the Atlantic made by American Jonathan Williams, Jr. Williams (1750-1815) was a grand-nephew of Benjamin Franklin and was his personal secretary during the latter’s service as American agent in England in the early 1770s and ambassador to France during the Revolution. He later served […]

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Unrecorded broadside linked to a crucial episode in the career of Benjamin Franklin

A dramatic, unrecorded broadside relating the burning in effigy of Massachusetts Governor Thomas Hutchinson and British Solicitor General Alexander Wedderburn in Philadelphia in 1774.  This came in “retaliation” for the humiliation of Benjamin Franklin in London after the revelation of his role in the publication of Hutchinson’s papers. In 1767-69, against the backdrop of ongoing […]

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Gulf Stream chart based on Ben Franklin

An interesting chart of the Gulf Stream, based on Ben Franklin’s pioneering research. The map depicts the Gulf Stream issuing through the strait separating Cuba and Florida, flowing northeast along the coastline, then turning eastward and gradually dissipating. The second, larger flow, which follows a circular, clockwise path, is almost certainly a depiction of the […]

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1794 Thomas Truxtun 'General Chart of the Globe"

1794 Thomas Truxtun world map featuring the Gulf Stream

A rare 18th-century world map by American naval hero Thomas Truxtun, featuring the course of the Gulf Stream and bearing an interesting connection to Ben Franklin. The map was drawn by Thomas Truxtun (1755-1822), who had an illustrious naval career as a privateer during the Revolution, well-traveled merchant captain during the post-war years, and commander […]

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