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King Philip confirms the grant of Taunton, Mass.

In 1638, the General Court of the Plymouth Colony granted a group of settlers the rights to a new town named Taunton, the validity of which grant was confirmed by Wampanoag Sachem Massasoit. In 1664 Massasoit’s son and successor Metacomet-more familiar to us as “King Philip”–confirmed that grant in writing, with his interpreter John Sassamon […]

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Schoolboy map of the world with American eagle and shield

A lovely and accomplished schoolboy map with delicately rendered patriotic imagery. In the 18th and 19th centuries map drawing was an important method of geographic education at the primary level, and “schoolboy” and “schoolgirl” maps are frequently encountered on the market.  The great majority are unadorned and relatively pedestrian, but this example by George A. Knight […]

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[Directors of the Middlesex Canal], Directions for the Superintendent & Agents of the Middlesex Canal. [Probably Boston or Medford, Mass., Oct. 1794].

1794 document laying out the structure of the Middlesex Canal Corporation

This three-page manuscript lays out in detail the management structure and policies of the Middlesex Canal Corporation, the greatest public works project attempted in the 18th-century United States. It is a seminal document in the history of American corporate management and governance. Background Running from Medford to the Merrimack River in Chelmsford, Mass., the Middlesex Canal […]

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President Walter A. Carl / Draftsman D.W. Gurton, …BREWERY, AND BOTTLING HOUSE PREMISES OF THE BOSTON BEER COMPANY 225/49 & 230/44 W.2ND ST., SOUTH BOSTON, MASS. [with 8 architectural plans of the premises.] Boston, 1938.

Architectural plans for the original Boston Beer Company

A 1938 plat, floor plans and sections for the brewery and bottling complex of the Boston Beer Company in South Boston. At the time the Company was the oldest operating brewery in the United States. The plat and plans depict the Boston Beer Company premises sprawling across two South Boston blocks bounded by Bolton, D, […]

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[ Containment Policy ] Draper Hill, [Two versions of an untitled Vietnam War-era political cartoon featuring Lyndon Johson, Dean Rusk and Robert McNamara.] Probably Worcester, Mass., ca. 1865-68.

Draper Hill cartoon lampooning America’s Containment policy in the Cold War

A rare political cartoon by Draper Hill satirizing the United States’ Cold War-era Containment Policy, which sought to limit the expansion of Soviet communism but ended up precipitating the catastrophe of the Vietnam War. Present here in both working manuscript and printed form, enabling one to see changes from conception to the final copy. The […]

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Coast Survey chart of the Pacific Northwest annotated by George Davidson

George Davidson tracks the West Coast voyage of Sebastian Vizcaino

Coast Survey chart of the Northern California and Oregon Coast, heavily annotated by George Davidson in his effort to reconstruct the 1603 voyages of Vizcaino and Aguilar. Born in England, George Davidson (1825-1911) emigrated to the United States in 1832. After graduating from Girard College in Philadelphia, in 1845 he began a five-decade career with […]

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