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1813 aquatint commemorating HMS Shannon's capture of the USS Chesapeake

The HMS Shannon captures the USS Chesapeake in the War of 1812

A rare and lovely aquatint of a “silver plateu” presented by the citizens of Suffolk, England to Philip Broke, Captain of the HMS Shannon, in recognition of his victory over the ill-starred USS Chesapeake. This print offers the British side of this famous War of 1812 naval engagement off Boston, which resulted in the capture […]

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A New and Accurate PLAN of the TOWN of BOSTON, in NEW ENGLAND. [on sheet with:] A New PLAN of BOSTON HARBOR, from an Actual SURVEY. [London: John Hinton, May 1774]

Boston on the brink of Revolution, from The Universal Magazine

Detailed plan of Boston and a chart of Boston Harbor, issued during the runup to the American Revolution. The plan shows the street plan and street names, landmarks such as Boston Common (with the Powder House and Liberty Tree), the Mill Dam and Long Wharf, and several batteries and fortifications ringing the town. The plan […]

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[George Callender, surveyor] [A Chart of the Harbour of Boston, Composed from Different Surveys, but Principally from that Taken in 1769, by Mr George Callender, Late Master of His Majesty’s Ship Romney.] [London]: J[oseph] F[rederick] W[allet] Des Barres, August 5, 1775.

The finest 18th-century chart of Boston Harbor, from “The Atlantic Neptune”

The finest 18th-century chart of Boston Harbor in a desirable later state, with the addition of the extensive American fortifications erected during the 1775 siege. For its combination of accuracy and visual appeal this chart has never been surpassed. The chart depicts the environs of Boston, Boston Harbor and much of the coastline between Nahant […]

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Boston Light in 1789

A scarce view of Boston Light, one of the few obtainable 18th-century views of an American lighthouse.  The original Boston Light was built in 1716 on Little Brewster Island at the entrance to Boston Harbor. It was the first lighthouse built within the future United States, but was destroyed by the British as they evacuated the town […]

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By order of M. De Sartine, Minister and Secretary of the Navy / after J. E. S. [sic] Des Barres, CARTE PARTICULIERE DU HAVRE DE BOSTON…. [Paris], 1780.

Revolutionary-War chart of Boston Harbor, updating des Barres

A lovely and important chart of Boston Harbor produced in 1780 by order of the French Admiralty for use during the American Revolution. The chart was published in 1780, the year General Rochambeau landed with his army at Newport, Rhode Island, which for the duration of the American Revolution served as the major French base […]

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Boston on the brink of Revolution

An informative map of Boston and surroundings, produced for English readers anxious for information after news of the Boston Tea Party reached the mother country. The main image is a chart of the Massachusetts coast from Scituate to Beverly, with particular detail for the soundings and many navigational hazards of Boston Harbor. Inset at upper […]

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The first printed map of the American Revolution

The Pennsylvania Magazine was the sole periodical published in the America during the Revolution, appearing monthly between January 1775 and July 1776. Edited for much of its run by Thomas Paine, it had a truly American character, including literary and philosophical essays, book reviews, scientific and technical articles, and of course the latest news of military […]

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Samuel Holland et al., Massachusetts Bay. London: J.F.W. Des Barres, April 29, 1776.

Massachusetts Bay from The Atlantic Neptune

  A very fine chart of Massachusetts Bay from the Atlantic Neptune, issued for use of British navigators early in the Revolutionary War. The Atlantic Neptune is arguably the finest atlas of North American waters ever produced, achieving in its more complete states full coverage of the East and Gulf Coasts. The Neptune’s great strength was […]

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Chart of Boston Bay from the Atlantic Neptune

A lovely example of what was for its time the finest chart of Boston Harbor and its approaches. The chart was issued in 1776 in The Atlantic Neptune, an atlas of charts and views of the East Coast used by British captains through much of the Revolution. The charts of the Neptune were so respected that […]

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