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Eugene Duflot de Mofras / Jacobs and Hacq, engravers, Carte de la Cote de L'Amérique sur l’Océan Pacifique Septentrional le Territoire de l'Orégon, les Californies, la Mer Vermeille, Partie des Territoires de la Compagnie de la Baie d'Hudson, et de l'Amérique Russe. Dressée par Mr. Duflot de Mofras, Attache à la Legation de France à Mexico; Pour servir à l'intelligence de son Voyage d'exploration. Publiè par Ordre du Roi, sous les Auspices de Mr. Le Marechal Duc de Dalmatie, Mr. Le Ministre des Affaires Étrangères. Paris, 1844.

Fantastic map of the American West by Duflot de Mofras, with period annotations

A landmark map compiled by French diplomat and spy Eugène Duflot de Mofras during the contest for control of the American West, complete with exciting period annotations by French prospectors. In the early 1840s the American West Coast was very much up for grabs: Mexico had already lost Texas, and its administration of California was shambolic; […]

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1842 map donation to the Library of Congress

In 1842 Library of Congress accepts a gift of two maps of North America

A small archive of material related to the 1842 donation to the Library of Congress of two interesting French and Indian War-era maps of North America.  In 1842 Doctor Andrew Nichols (1785-1853), a distinguished citizen of Danvers, Massachusetts, enquired of his Congressman, Leverett Saltonstall (1783-1845), whether the Library of Congress would welcome a gift from […]

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Recently-discovered 18th-c. watercolor view of New York City

A recently-discovered watercolor of New York City, contemporary with the Stamp Act Riots and one of only a handful of manuscript views of the city from before the Revolution. Artist Pieter Idsertsz depicts New York as seen from the southwest, from a vantage point across the East River in Brooklyn, possibly at Red Hook. The city […]

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Thomas Chew, Return of the Killed and Wounded on board the US Frigate Chesapeake James Lawrence Esq Captain in the Action with the British Frigate Shannon on the 1st June 1813. Aboard the Chesapeake or Shannon: June 1, 1813.

Manuscript casualty list from the USS Chesapeake’s 1813 encounter with the HMS Shannon, by the Chesapeake’s purser

The original manuscript record of the casualties on the USS Chesapeake during her June 1, 1813 defeat by the HMS Shannon. Compiled on the day of the battle and updating over the next several days. Following a challenge issued by British Captain Philip Broke, the USS Chesapeake, under Captain James Lawrence, met the HMS Shannon in a single-battle off […]

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Nathaniel Barber, Jr., Return of Ordnance Stores. [Boston area,] January 1, 1777.

Massive ordnance return for the Continental Army in Boston, Jan. 1, 1777

A massive return for all ordnance stores belonging to the Continental Army on hand at Boston at the opening of 1777. Though similar returns for smaller units appear with some frequency on the antiquarian market, it is rare indeed to encounter one for such a major component of the Continental Army, and with such excellent […]

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William C. Folger 1855 manuscript copy of Daniel Allen and Daniel P. Macy, A plat of North Pasture laid out by the subscribers who were employed by the Agents of the Proprietors by virtue of a vote taken 3d 4mo 1821 agreeably to the report[.] Nantucket 27th 10mo 1821. Daniel Allen [/] Daniel P. Macy. Nantucket, Oct. 27, 1821.

19th-century survey of Nantucket’s North Pasture

Two early copies of an 1821 survey recording the division of common lands at the North Pasture a couple of miles east of the town of Nantucket, a process as controversial as it was important. While Nantucket institutions hold substantial cartographic archives related to land ownership on the island, such material is almost never encountered […]

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A MAP OF THE Harbour of NEW YORK by Survey. [New York, ca. 1735-1770s.]

An early manuscript map of the New York City area, with provenance to one of the U.S. Navy’s first frigate captains

An early manuscript map of what is now New York City, based closely on William Bradford’s New Map of the Harbour of New York, one of the great rarities of 18th-century American cartography. Like the Bradford map, our manuscript depicts New York and northeastern New Jersey from roughly present-day Marlboro Township in the southwest, to Little Falls in […]

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