Posted on , Last updated


21 results, ordered by Publication Date

Items Available for purchase

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 […]

$1,750
View Details
James Wilson and Isaac Eddy, engravers, CHRONOLOGY DELINEATED TO ILLUSTRATE THE HISTORY OF MONARCHICAL REVOLUTIONS. Weathersfield, VT: Isaac Eddy, 1813.

Chronology Delineated

The Chronology Delineated, employing a striking tree metaphor to depict the rise and fall of world governments from precisely 4004 BC (the date of the “universal Deluge”) to the beginning of the 19th century. Engraved by James Wilson and Isaac Eddy, two leading figures in the early 19th-century flourishing of the engraving arts in Vermont’s […]

$5,000
View Details
David S. Rowland / Amos Doolittle (engraver and printer) / (publishers), An Epitome of Ecclesiastical History By David S. Rowland Late Minister of the First Church in Windsor, Connecticut. New Hampshire: William F. Rowland and Connecticut: Henry A. Rowland, 1806.

An Epitome of Ecclesiastical History, engraved by Amos Doolittle

The 1806 Epitome of Ecclesiastical History is a remarkable—and mammoth—broadside chronological chart employing text and images to depict six millenia of Church and secular history. The Epitome was designed by the Rev. David Sherman Rowland (1719-1794), who began his career as a minister in Providence, Rhode Island but was “forced to flee his pulpit there […]

$6,500
View Details

Items No longer available

1866 Colton Stream of Time

Unrecorded Civil War-era edition of Colton’s Stream of Time

An unrecorded Civil War-era edition of the Stream of Time, an extraordinary chronological chart employing intermingling stream systems as an extended metaphor for the flow of time.  The chart commences with 11 streams emanating from storm clouds at the top, most representing a nation or people such as “Greeks,” “Jews,” “Egyptians,” or “Chinese.” The streams […]

Out of Stock
View Details
American political parties: Rand, McNally & Co., HOUGHTON’S NEW REVERSIBLE Political Map AND UNITED STATES MAP COMBINED. Chicago: F.T. Neely, 1890.

Amazing wall chart illustrating the evolution of American political parties

Best described as a “geopolitical compendium,” this rare and impressive poster features a profusion of large and small maps and charts. However the absolute star of the show is a “Diagram of the History of Political Parties in the United States” occupying the top half of the image. This chronological diagram charts the evolution and […]

Out of Stock
View Details
Rand, McNally & Co., Engr[aver]s, NEELY’S NEW REVERSIBLE HISTORICAL CHART, Political Map AND UNITED STATES MAP COMBINED. PRICE (with United States map on Back) $5.00. Chicago: F.T. Neely, 1892.

Neely’s New Reversible Historical Chart, with a fantastic infographic of American political history

Neely’s New Reversible Historical Chart is a geopolitical compendium, highlighted by a masterpiece of an infographic rendering centuries of American political history into a single, digestible timeline. First the more mundane aspects: The lower half of the image features maps of the Eastern and Western Hemispheres and large-scale maps of Persia & Afghanistan, Abyssinia (Ethiopia), […]

Out of Stock
View Details
S. Harpham (author and publisher) / Doolittle & Munson (engravers), AN OUTLINE of the History and Chronology of the WORLD, from the Creation to the present time, Cincinnati, OH, April 1st, 1831 [revised to 1849 or later].

Unusual 1839 chronological chart reconciling sacred and secular history

A charming and extraordinarily rare 1831 chronological chart, executed on an unusual format and attempting to reconcile religious and secular history. Only the second example located.  Harpham’s chronological chart takes the form of two circular chronologies, arranged concentrically and each proceeding clockwise. The interior chronology is religious, proceeds from Creation to the year 6000, and […]

Out of Stock
View Details
[E. or P. King?] Invt. / J. Basire Sculpt., A MAP OF TIME, DESIGNED TO SHEW THE PROGRESSIVE SUCCESSION OF AGES, AS DISTINGUISHED BY THEIR MOST CHARACTERISTICK EVENTS ... [London]: 1776/9th December 1785.

A Map of Time, with unique, circular chronological charts

The previously-unknown ” Map of Time “, comprising two chronological charts of world history on an unusual circular format, complete with the explanatory letterpress. Designed by a mysterious Mr. “King” and published in London in 1785. The first chart is a chronology of the main events of world history, the outer ring showing a timeline […]

Out of Stock
View Details
[National Historical Chart.] [Long Prairie, MN:] National Historical Chart Co., 1890 [but prob. 1891].

A marvelous ” National Historical Chart “

Published in 1890, the National Historical Chart is a marvelous, informative and extremely rare mechanical timeline of United States history, intended for use in schools. A masterpiece of economical graphic design, this chart tells the story of American history chronologically from the American Revolution to the administration of President Benjamin Harrison. It is divided into […]

Out of Stock
View Details
J[oseph] Priestley, L.L.D. F.R.S., A NEW CHART OF HISTORY. London: Engraved and published by J. Johnson in Pater-noster Row, J. Bowles No. 13 Cornhill, C. Bowles No. 69 St. Pauls Church Yard, R. Sayer No. 53 Fleet Street and T. Jefferys the corner of St. Martins Lane Charing Cross, April 11th 1769.

A “masterpiece of visual economy:” Joseph Priestley’s New Chart of History

Joseph Priestley’s very rare New Chart of History, a “masterpiece of visual economy” (Rosenberg and Grafton) and a landmark in the display of information. The polymathic Joseph Priestly (1733-1804) was a British clergyman, theologian, scientist, political theorist, educator and prolific author with more than 150 works to his credit. Best known as a chemist, he […]

Out of Stock
View Details