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Rare map of Essex County, Mass.

Printed maps of New England counties were uncommon prior to 1850, yet Essex County, Mass. had the distinction of being depicted by two early maps issued in close succession. Offered here is the second map, published by Henry Wilder in or around 1832. It depicts town boundaries, roads and turnpikes, and topographical detail, and meeting houses […]

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Cartographic cartoon of Essex County, Mass.—with highlights in gold!

An extremely rare cartographic cartoon satirizing the upper-class summer residents of the North Shore and their resistance to taxation. The broadside features an outline map of Essex county and its towns, highlighting in gold the principal retreats of Boston’s wealthy at Nahant, Swampscott, Marblehead, Beverly Farms and Magnolia—the so-called “Gold Coast” of Massachusetts. An illustration of […]

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Massachusetts invents gerrymandering

A rare broadside documenting the 1812 redistricting controversy in Massachusetts, and a precursor to the “Gerrymander,” one of the most infamous images in American political history. In early 1812 Massachusetts Republicans engineered a radical redistricting of their state, designed to disadvantage the Federalist majority in the upcoming state senatorial elections. It did so by spreading […]

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[Elkanah Tisdale?], The Weekly Messenger [with maps of Worcester and Essex Counties relating to the 1812 redistricting of Massachusetts.] Boston: James Cutler, March 6, 1812.

The Boston Weekly Messenger attacks Gerrymandering

A scarce 1812 issue of the Boston Weekly Messenger, with a front-page attack on the blatantly partisan gerrymandering of Massachusetts recently signed into law by Governor Gerry. In early 1812 Massachusetts Republicans engineered a radical redistricting of their state, designed to disadvantage the Federalist majority in the upcoming state senatorial elections.  It did so by […]

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A monumental map of Essex County, Massachusetts

Striking map of Essex County, Massachusetts, surrounded by dozens of inset town plans (detailing streets and individual dwellings), an inset geological map, several business directories, a table of distances and vignettes of important landmarks. One of a small percentage of examples that were never varnished, and consequently offered here with vibrant original color. In the 1850s […]

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Drawn & Lith. by O.H. Bailey & Co. Boston, MARBLEHEAD. MASSACHUSETTS. 1882. [Marblehead]: M. H. Graves, 1882.

Rare O. H. Bailey bird’s-eye view of Marblehead, Massachusetts

A wonderfully detailed 1882 bird’s-eye view of Marblehead Massachusetts as seen from an imaginary point above Marblehead Neck. The view conveys the impression of a small-but-thriving New England town: Though its fishing industry had long been in decline, in 1888 Marblehead was experiencing an industrial boom from shoe manufacturing, and of the 55 locations identified […]

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