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A wonderful naval rarity

A spectacular and very rare textile featuring naval flags of the early 19th century. The border comprises large standards of (clockwise from top left) the United States, England, France, Belgium, Spain, Russia, Portugal and Holland. These are interspersed with portraits of warships under sail, including at lower left an unnamed American frigate. The border elements surround a […]

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Frederick Marryat (artist) / George Cruickshank (etcher), An Interesting scene, on board an East-Indiaman, showing the Effects of a heavy Lurch, after dinner. London: George Humphrey, November 9, 1818.

Frederick Marryat satire of life at sea

Frederick Marryat (1792-1848) was a distinguished officer in the Royal Navy, serving from 1806 to 1830, seeing action during the Napoleonic War and in the War of 1812. When Napoleon died on St. Helena, Marryat was entrusted with command of the vessel with the responsibility of delivering the official despatch to London. With the arrival […]

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1813 aquatint commemorating HMS Shannon's capture of the USS Chesapeake

The HMS Shannon captures the USS Chesapeake in the War of 1812

A rare and lovely aquatint of a “silver plateu” presented by the citizens of Suffolk, England to Philip Broke, Captain of the HMS Shannon, in recognition of his victory over the ill-starred USS Chesapeake. This print offers the British side of this famous War of 1812 naval engagement off Boston, which resulted in the capture […]

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Eye-popping pictorial map of the South Pacific campaigns of WWII

A mammoth and colorful propaganda poster of the South Pacific issued by the U.S. Navy Department near the end of World War II.   This impressive, separately-published pictorial map highlights events across the South Pacific, beginning with the Japanese strikes of late 1941 and early 1942, identified by sweeping orange arrows. American counteroffensives are shown […]

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Shelton & Kensett / Engraved by A[mos] Doolittle New Haven & T[homas] Kensett Cheshire, AN IMPROVED MAP of the United States BY Shelton & Kensett. Cheshire, Conn., Nov. 8, 1813.

Rare and decorative “Improved Map of the United States” issued during the War of 1812

A rare and decorative map of the United States, with appealing pictorial vignettes celebrating American naval victories in the War of 1812. The Improved Map of the United States depicts the eastern half of the nation, including much of the recently-obtained Louisiana Territory, as well as parts of British Canada and Spanish-owned Florida. The nation’s rapid territorial development is indicated by […]

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Stunning Hampton Roads view

A spectacular bird’s-eye view of Hampton Roads as seen from the south.  The view depicts Norfolk and Portsmouth in the foreground and Newport News, Hampton and Chesapeake Bay as the backdrop, while Hampton Roads itself is shown filled with dozens of naval vessels. Inset views of the Monitor and Merrimac, a “trades parade,” and a […]

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1874 Woolfield Hardinge BRITISH LIGHTHOUSE CHART OF GENERAL COAST LIGHTS

Spectacular 1874 thematic map of British lighthouses

A rare and striking 1874 thematic map of lighthouses of the British Isles, and a superb example of the visual display of quantitative information. The map depicts in outline the British Isles and part of the French coast, with the locations of more than 250 lighthouses, each indicated by a small geometric figure. Two insets […]

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Rare print of the President and the Little Belt

A rare print of an American naval “victory” of sorts. In early May of 1811 the U.S. frigate President under Captain John Rodgers was sent in search of the Guerriere, which had recently stopped and boarded the American brig Spitfire and impressed a native-born American. On the evening of May 15-16 (not the 11th as stated […]

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Rare and attractive 18th-century naval game

An attractive and very rare playing board for a game designed to teach basic naval terminology. This is a later edition, newly engraved, of a game first issued around 1719 to educate French youth in naval terminology and engage their interest in naval service. The striking engraved playing board is adapted from the Game of […]

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