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A great Virginia rarity: The “Association” of 1770

A remarkable Williamsburg, Virginia broadside printing of the text of “The Association” of June 1770, signed in type by 164 leading Virginians. No example of the broadside has appeared on the market in living memory, and we have been unable to locate an example in any Virginia institution. Background In their disputes with the mother country […]

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Unrecorded broadside promoting Ohio Valley land

A Baltimore investor advertises land in the “back parts of Virginia,” in a broadside remarkable for linking western expansion, George Washington, Pittsburgh, and a mysterious “Map of the United States.” Prior to the Revolution one of many American grievances against Great Britain was the Proclamation of 1763, which prohibited settlement west of the Appalachians. Following independence the […]

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Delightful deck of cartographic playing cards

A rare and delightful deck of hand-colored geographic playing cards, complete and in brilliant condition. The deck consists of 52 cards in 4 suits, with each suit corresponding to a continent: hearts represent Europe; clubs, Africa; diamonds, Asia; and spades, the Americas. The ace of each suit bears a continent map, the two through ten feature […]

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Chromolithographic advertising with George Washington and Teddy Roosevelt

A lovely chromolithographic poster by the Advance Thresher Co. of Battle Creek, Michigan, appropriating political imagery to promote farm machinery. The poster employs a presidential theme highlighting George Washington and Theodore Roosevelt, suggesting that it was produced during the latter’s 1904 re-election campaign. At top large portrait busts of the two presidents flank a figure […]

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1859 map of George Washington's Mount Vernon estate

Rare and detailed 1859 map of George Washington’s Mount Vernon

A decorative, historically-rich and extraordinarily rare map of George Washington’s estate along the Potomac, issued in 1859, the year the estate was acquired by the Mount Vernon Ladies Association. Background George Washington’s Mount Vernon estate lies on the west bank of the Potomac River, just a few miles downstream from Alexandria. The land on which […]

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First printing of the will of George Washington

The first printing of Washington’s will, constituting a remarkable legacy from a remarkable man. “The extraordinary care and precision with which he spelled out how and under what conditions his land and other possessions should be distributed among the numerous members of his extended family, among his old friends, and among various dependents, provide further […]

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BRM1921 Des Barres NYC 1777

“One of the greatest of the Atlantic Neptune charts” (Nebenzahl)

A large, superbly-executed, and very scarce map depicting the 1776 campaign for New York City and Westchester. The campaign was a disaster for General Washington and the young Continental Army, who had been ordered by the Continental Congress to defend the indefensible city. Surrounded as the city is by navigable rivers, and blessed with a […]

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Washington DC from the Columbian Magazine for March 1792

The first printing of the first map of Washington, D.C.

The first printed map of Washington, D.C. being the small-scale edition of the “Ellicott Plan” engraved by Thackara & Valance for the Columbian Magazine. Due to the vicissitudes of war and sectional politics, the site of the American capital remained unsettled for years after independence, and before 1790 Congress met variously at Philadelphia, Lancaster and […]

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1792 plan of Washington DC engraved by Samuel Hill

1792 plan of Washington, D.C. engraved in Boston by Samuel Hill

The rare second printed map of Washington, D.C. being the small-scale edition of the “Ellicott Plan” engraved by Samuel Hill for the Massachusetts Magazine. Due to the vicissitudes of war and sectional politics, the site of the American capital remained unsettled for years after independence. Indeed, prior to 1790 Congress met variously at Philadelphia, Lancaster […]

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Washington’s victory at the Battle of Trenton

The only contemporary plan of one of General Washington’s masterstrokes, the crossing of the Delaware to attack the British at the Battle of Trenton and the follow-up success at Princeton. By December 1776, the American Army was in desperate straits. Driven from New York by the British the previous September then pursued across New Jersey, Washington […]

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