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[Cyprian Southack?], A Correct Map of the Coast OF NEW ENGLAND. London, [1745-1760].

Cyprian Southack’s chart of the New England coast

An important chart of the coast of northeastern North America, based on the work of Cyprian Southack, one of Colonial Boston’s most colorful figures. A Correct Map of the Coast of New England depicts the northeast coast from Sandy Hook to the southern edge of Cape Breton. It provides much information on soundings, banks and shoals, and other […]

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Lovely birds-eye view of Sandwich Mass.

An attractive and extremely rare view of this Cape Cod town, incorporated in 1637 and the oldest municipality on Cape Cod. Projected from an imaginary point above the present-day intersection of Routes 6 and 130, the view looks westward over Sandwich, with the proposed Cape Cod Ship Canal (opened 1916) and the mainland in the […]

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Graham’s mammoth chart of the Outer Cape, with his rare report

A remarkably detailed chart of the waters around Truro and Provincetown, by one of America’s great topographical engineers of the 19th century. This mammoth chart is based on extensive surveys conducted by the Topographical Engineers in 1833-35, “to aid in the projection of the works for the military defenses of the important harbor formed by the […]

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Cape Cod Light sailing directions broadside, ca. 1797

Cape Cod Light sailing directions, published in 1797 by the Boston Marine Society. A remarkable survival and a great New England maritime rarity, with only one other impression located. The lighthouse was erected by order of Congress in Truro in 1797, to guide sailors in the difficult and shifting waters around the outer extremities of Cape Cod. On […]

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Early tourist poster for Cape Cod and the Islands

A large and decorative poster promoting tourist travel via the Old Colony Line to Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard, and Nantucket. The Old Colony Line was operated by the Old Colony Railroad, established in 1844 to develop service between Boston and Plymouth. Through mergers and acquisitions the Railroad grew to dominate southeastern Massachusetts, gaining impetus from the development of Boston’s suburbs, […]

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A decorative map of Martha’s Vineyard

The rare first edition of George Eldridge‘s lovely tourist map of Martha’s Vineyard. The wealth of interesting and useful information, the vibrant color and the decorative vignettes render this a most appealing map, and surely the prettiest ever produced by the prolific firm of Eldridge. The map provides much detail of the island’s topography, roads […]

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Classic chart of the waters off Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket

A monumental and important chart of the waters around Martha`s Vineyard and Nantucket, by George Eldridge, the leading private American chart maker of the era. This mammoth chart depicts in detail the waters around the Elizabeth Islands, Martha’s Vineyard, Nantucket and Monomoy. Hundreds of soundings are given, along with notations about shoals and other hazards; lighthouses […]

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1882 Albert F. Poole bird's eye view of Provincetown Massachusetts

Splendid 1882 bird’s-eye view of Provincetown Massachusetts

A large, detailed and dramatic 1882 bird’s-eye view of Provincetown, at the far end of Cape Cod. This view by Albert F. Poole depicts Provincetown as seen from the direction of Long Point, looking northwest across the harbor, with the wharves in the middle ground and the town just behind. Provincetown’s distinctive settlement pattern is […]

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