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Drawn by E[dwin] Hergesheimer / C. B. Graham lithr., MAP OF VIRGINIA Showing the distribution of its SLAVE POPULATION from the CENSUS OF 1860. Washington, DC: Henry S. Graham, June 13, 1861.

Famed 1861 map of the distribution of slavery in Virginia

A landmark use of thematic mapping to present U.S. census data. Intended to demonstrate the wildly uneven distribution of slaveholding in Virginia and thereby influence the secession debates of 1861. The map depicts Virginia and its counties in outline, with a figure in each county indicating the number of slaves as a percentage of the […]

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G[riffith] M[organ] Hopkins (mapmaker) / Friend & Aub (lithographer) / Thomas & S. Wagner’s Lith. (printer), CLARK & TACKABURYS’ NEW Topographical Map of the State of CONNECTICUT. Philadelphia: Richard Clark and Rob[er]t M. and Geo[rge] N. Tackabury, 1859/1860.

The Clark and Tackabury map of Connecticut

A mammoth map of Connecticut published by Clark and Tackabury in 1860, for its time by far the finest map of the state. An unusually appealing example in case-map format. The decade of the 1850s marked a new high-water mark of American map publishing, with thousands of large-scale national, state, county, city and town maps […]

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1860 William Kitchell Topographcical Map of the State of New Jersey

Monumental map of New Jersey by William Kitchell

The second official map of New Jersey, compiled by William Kitchell to replace Thomas Gordon’s map of 1828. A spectacular, important and surprisingly scarce piece, not described in the cartographic literature until John Delaney’s Nova Caesaria (2014). State Geologist William Kitchell oversaw the compilation of the map from the finest available sources, in particular the findings of […]

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Rare Coast Survey chart of Nantucket Harbor

A lovely, hugely informative, and surprisingly rare chart of Nantucket Harbor, in a rarely-found issue on heavy chart paper. The chart is a trove of data, including detailed soundings; navigational aids and hazards; and the line of the main channel into the harbor. Also provided is detailed topographical and cartographical information on the adjacent coast, including a minutely-detailed […]

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Evans and Cogswell 1864 Eastern Virginia and North Carolina

Rare Confederate-imprint map by Evans and Cogswell

A rare Confederate-imprint map of Virginia and North Carolina, probably issued in the second half of 1864, while Ulysses S. Grant and his massive Army of the Potomac were stymied by Lee at the siege of Petersburg. Printed and published by Evans and Cogswell, recently displaced from Charleston to Columbia, South Carolina by the advance of […]

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1838 William Mitchell Map of the Island of Nantucket

Rare map of the Island of Nantucket by William Mitchell

Rare map of Nantucket by William Mitchell, described by Crosby as “the first large size map of local origin and of considerable accuracy” and one of the most sought-after maps of the island. Drawn by Nantucket astronomer and mathematician William Mitchell (1791-1868), the map depicts the island’s complex coastline, major topographical features, roads, and residences. […]

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