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Joseph G. Bruff / Lith. of P.S. Duval, ARMY MAP OF THE SEAT OF WAR IN VIRGINIA, SHOWING THE BATTLE FIELDS FORTIFICATIONS etc. on & near the POTOMAC RIVER. New York: J. Disturnell and Washington, D.C.: Hudson Taylor, 1862.

Handsome 1862 map of the Seat of War in Virginia by Joseph G. Bruff

A handsome and patriotic 1862 map showing the events of the first year of the Civil War in the contested region between Washington, D.C. and the Potomac River on the east and the Blue Ridge Mountains in the west. One of the most attractive of the many patriotic maps issued in 1861-1862, reflecting early Union […]

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T. Sinclair’s Lith., [On front cover:] MONK’S MAP OF THE SEAT OF WAR, IN VIRGINIA & MARYLAND, &C., &C. / [on map:] MAP OF THE SEAT OF WAR EXHIBITING THE SURROUNDING COUNTRY, THE APPROACHES BY SEA & LAND TO THE CAPITOL OF THE UNITED STATES, AND THE MILITARY POSTS, FORTS, &c. Philadelphia: Jacob Monk, 1861.

Very rare “map of the seat of war” in the mid-Atlantic region

A rare, handsome, and patriotic 1861 map of the theater of the Civil War in Virginia and Maryland. One of the more attractive of the many patriotic “seat of war” maps issued in 1861-1862, issued by enterprising publishers seeking to capitalize on early Union optimism that the rebellion could be put down quickly and at little cost. The […]

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Patriotic advertisement for “Schultz’s Star Soap”

A striking example of antique advertising with a patriotic theme, produced by a pioneer in direct-to-consumer marketing. The Schultz family of Zanesville, Ohio entered the soap business in the 1850s, when William Schultz purchased an existing soap factory. He brought his son Robert and nephew John Hoge into the business, and on his retirement in 1866 they […]

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Mary H. L. Craig, A map of the United States drawn by Mary H. L. Craig at the Domestic Academy.[Washington County, Kentucky, ca. 1813-14.]

Patriotic schoolgirl map drawn in early 19th-century Kentucky

A most unusual patriotic manuscript map by an American schoolgirl remarkable for its Kentucky origins, interesting subject matter, pleasing design, relatively good condition, and superb provenance. “School” maps are frequently encountered on the antiquarian market; indeed, we have handled perhaps two dozen in the past decade. However, the vast majority of surviving examples were produced […]

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Printed by Thomas and John Fleet, ILLUSTRISSIMO JOHANNI HANCOCK, Armigero, GUBERNATORI; HONORATISSIMO THOMAE CUSHING, Armigero, CONSILIARIIS et SENATORIBUS REIPUBLICAE MASSACHUSETTENSIS; Reverendisque, Ecclesiarum in Oppidis sex vicinis, PRESBYTERIS, Universitatis HARVARDIANEAE CURATORIBUS; Reverendo JOSEPHO WILLARD, PRAESIDI; Toti SENATUI Academico; Caeterisque, qui in Rebus Universitatis administrandis versantur; Venerandis Ecclesiarum passim Pastoribus; Universis Denique, ubicunque terrarium, Humanitatis Cultoribus, Reique Publicae nostrae literariae Fautoribus; THESES hasce, Juvenes in Artibus initiate…. Cambridge: July 16, 1783.

Rare Revolutionary-era Harvard commencement broadside, issued at the end of the American Revolution

A rare Harvard commencement broadside issued in 1783, with interesting features suggesting the prevalence at the College of patriotic and republican sentiments. Background The Harvard University Archives, which naturally holds the largest collection of such broadsides, provides helpful background on the genre and the underlying mechanisms. “The Theses and Quaestiones broadsides display propositions and questions […]

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[F. E. Cheeseman], AVIATION CAVALCADE. Milwaukee, WI: Albert Richard, 1944.

F. E. Cheeseman’s Aviation Cavalcade

Aviation Cavalcade is an exuberant pictorial map highlighting American might near the end of WWII… published to promote, of all things, a men’s clothing company in Milwaukee!  The map depicts a huge range of American military aircraft—real and imaginary–dominating the skies over an oddly-rendered north polar projection of the world, with nary an Axis plane […]

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Title page of Nathaniel Low, AN ASTRONOMICAL DIARY ; OR, ALMANACK, for the Year of CHRISTIAN AERA, 1777. Being the … first Year of AMERICAN INDEPENDENCE, which began July fourth, 1776. Boston: J. Gill, in Queen-Street, and T. and J. Fleet, in Cornhill.

Revolutionary War-era almanac, with map of the New York City campaign

A scarce Revolutionary-era patriotic almanac issued in Boston in the Fall of 1776, with a map of New York City. The patriotic content begins with the subtitle: “Being… the first Year of AMERICAN INDEPENDENCE, which began July fourth, 1776”… that is, less than four months before the almanac’s publication was announced on October 31. This […]

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[Max Rosenthal] / L[Lewis or Louis] N. Rosenthal, PANORAMA OF WASHINGTON ALEXANDRIA AND GEORGETOWN. Philadelphia: L. N. Rosenthal, 1862.

An appealing patriotic Civil War-era view of Washington, D.C.

A most appealing patriotic Civil War-era view of Washington, Alexandria and Georgetown, presented in an unusual format. Quite fragile, a remarkable survival, and only the fourth example known. This is one of the deluge of patriotic images that poured from American presses in the early years of the Civil War. It provides a boater’s-eye view […]

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Front board of Our Wonderful Country illustrated

A tour-de-force of data visualization, celebrating the United States’ past and present

A scarce 1907 graphic atlas celebrating the past and present of the United States. A tour-de-force of data visualization, cleverly designed, vividly illustrated and deeply patriotic, but also unwittingly revelatory of some of the dark underbelly of American culture. This little-known volume consists of 11 vivid, jam-packed, double-page charts and diagrams depicting different aspects of […]

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