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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 of the Proprietors taken 3d of 4mo 1821 agreeable to the report. Nantucket 10mo 27th 1821. Received 27th 10 mo. 1821 and recorded in the Proprietors Book of Plats 2 mo 11th 1821. By Obed Macy Proprietors Clerk. Nantucket, Oct. 27, 1821.

19th-century survey dividing Nantucket common lands at North Pasture

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. Though this manuscript has obviously had a hard life, the document is a rare survival: While Nantucket institutions hold substantial cartographic archives related to […]

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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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Magnificent Old Colony Line poster

A most decorative and very rare poster touting the Old Colony Line route from central-western Massachusetts to the Cape and the Islands. The Old Colony Line was operated by the Old Colony Railroad, established in 1844 to develop service between Boston and Plymouth. Through mergers and acquisitions the Railroad grew to dominate southeastern Massachusetts, gaining […]

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F[erdinand] C. Ewer D.D. / Major & Knapp Eng. Mfg. & Lith. Co. 71 Broadway N.Y., HISTORICAL MAP OF NANTUCKET Surveyed and Drawn by THE REV. F.C. EWER, D.D. [New York: Ferdinand Ewer], 1869.

Ewer’s Historical Map of Nantucket: “The most useful Nantucket map” (Crosby)

Ferdinand Ewer’s 1869 Historical Map of Nantucket, by far the most visually-impressive and informative 19th-century map of the island. Remarkable as well for its detailed treatment of the Wampanoag peoples who occupied it well before the arrival of European settlers in the 17th century. Praised by Crosby as “the largest, best-known and most useful Nantucket […]

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Lovely Nantucket bird’s eye view

A richly-detailed view of this iconic Massachusetts town. The artist depicts Nantucket as seen looking southwest from an imaginary viewpoint over the Sound. The image is wonderfully detailed and conveys the impression that he took care to include every feature in its proper place, down to the last window, doorway, and cupola. Landmarks of interest […]

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“The largest, best-known and most useful Nantucket map” (Crosby)

The great size and visual impact of Ewer’s map, the wealth of information, and its scarcity on the market make it one of the “musts” for a Nantucket map collection. Offered here in a rare variant form, published on the island. Reverend Ewer’s fascinating map depicts Nantucket Island in its entirety, as well as Tuckernuck, Gravelly, […]

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Siasconset Village on Nantucket

The very rare first published plan of Siasconset. For well over a century Siaconset remained a tiny, isolated fishing settlement on the remote eastern end of Nantucket Island. This started to change in the mid 1800s, when developers began to construct hotels and other facilities and promote it as a resort destination. The village really began […]

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William Coffin Map of the Town of Nantucket 1834

Very fine Map of the Town of Nantucket by William Coffin

A striking, historically significant, and very rare plan of Nantucket in 1834, when it was near its peak as the whaling capital of the United States as well as one of its wealthiest towns. The plan The plan is based on surveys conducted by William Coffin, Jr. a scion of one of Nantucket’s oldest and […]

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