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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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Stunning bird’s eye view of the Town of Nantucket

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

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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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Early tourist poster for Cape Cod and the Islands

A large and decorative poster promoting tourist travel via the Old Colony Line to Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard, and Nantucket. 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 impetus from the development of Boston’s suburbs, […]

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1838 William Mitchell Map of the Island of Nantucket

Rare map of the Island of Nantucket by William Mitchell

Rare map of Nantucket by William Mitchell, described by Crosby as “the first large size map of local origin and of considerable accuracy” and one of the most sought-after maps of the island. Drawn by Nantucket astronomer and mathematician William Mitchell (1791-1868), the map depicts the island’s complex coastline, major topographical features, roads, and residences. […]

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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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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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