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Drawn under the direction of John A[dams] Paxton by Wm. Strickland / W. Harrison Sct. / Printed by C.P. Harrison, TO The Citizens of Philadelphia This New Plan of the City and its ENVIRONS, Taken from Actual Survey Is Respectfully Dedicated by their Humble Servt. John A. Paxton. Philadelphia: John A. Paxton, [1810].

Scarce 1811 map of Philadelphia from Paxton’s Stranger’s Guide

A scarce plan of Philadelphia, originally issued in John Adems Paxton’s (The Stranger’s Guide.) An Alphabetical List of all the Wards, Streets, Roads, Lanes, Alleys, Avenues, Courts, Wharves, Ship Yards, Public Buildings &c. in the City and Suburbs of Philadelphia.  This plan depicts the city in considerable detail, with streets, important buildings, parks &c numerically […]

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[Nicolas Scull & George Heap /] Matthaüs Albrecht Lotter, A PLAN of the City and Environs of PHILADELPHIA ... [Augsburg:] Matthaüs Albrecht Lotter, 1777.

Revolutionary War Philadelphia for a German audience

An uncommon and most attractive German map of Revolutionary-era Philadelphia and its immediate environs, published the year the city was captured by the British Army under General Howe. The Continental Congress had first met at Philadelphia in 1774 and continued to meet there during the early years of the American Revolution, until the city was […]

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BRM1825 Romans_C&M Philadelphia 1777

A Revolutionary-War rarity by Bernard Romans

One of the rarest maps of the Revolution, depicting the theater of war in the Philadelphia area from 1777-78. This map was issued by the Amsterdam firm of Covens & Mortier, based closely on one published by Bernard Romans in New Haven, Connecticut in 1778. It depicts the region within a roughly 75-mile radius of […]

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1761 view of Philadelphia based on the George Heap original

An appealing view of Philadelphia as seen from the New Jersey shoreline of the Delaware River, from the London Magazine for October 1761. The view depicts roughly a mile of the city’s waterfront, bounded by South and Vine Streets and centered on the mighty steeple of Christ Church, with the State House at the left-most […]

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Printed by John Poulson, Approaching Solar Eclipse. Philadelphia, [June 1806].

Rare American broadside predicting the solar eclipse of June 16, 1806

An impressive 1806 astronomical broadside alerting Philadelphia-area residents to an upcoming solar eclipse, illustrated by a large woodcut diagram. Viewers in Philadelphia experienced the eclipse as only partial, though their compatriots in parts of New England and New York were treated to a “total obscuration of the solar disk”. Printed by newspaper publisher John Poulson […]

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A Picturesque View of the State of the Nation for February 1778. [London: For The Westminster Magazine], February 1778.

A picturesque view of British failures in North America

A Picturesque View of the State of the Nation is a witty Revolutionary War-era political cartoon published in early 1778 at a low point for the British effort to bring its rebellious colonies to heel. The cartoon appeared in The Westminster Magazine for March 1778. At the time General Howe and the main British Army […]

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[ Battle of Brandywine ] Joh[ann] Martin Will excud., Bataille am Brandywyne Fluss d. 11. Sept 1777. / Plan der Landung der Gebrüdere Howe, bey dem Ausfluss des Elk Stroms… Augsburg: Johann Martin Will, [ca. 1778.]

Rare plan of Howe’s Philadelphia campaign and Battle of Brandywine

A very rare German map of General Howe’s 1777 campaign against Philadelphia, highlighting the Battle of Brandywine. Engraved by Augsburg engraver Johann Martin Will, likely from a manuscript provided by a Hessian participant. In August of 1777 General Howe had sailed from New York Bay with 15,000 men, landing them at the Elk River at […]

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A. P. Folie / R[obert] Scot & S[amuel] Allardice (engravers, TO Thomas Mifflin Governor and Commander in Chief of The State of Pennsylvania THIS PLAN OF the City and Suburbs OF PHILADELPHIA Is respectfully inscribed by The Editor 1794. [Philadelphia: Benjamin Davies], 1794.

Folie’s magnificent 1794 plan of Philadelphia, in superlative early color

A superlative example of the first great street plan of Philadelphia published after the end of the Revolutionary War, while it was serving as the interim national capital before the move to Washington in 1800. The plan shows the built-up area of the city facing the Delaware River, from “Part of Kensington” downriver to Southwark […]

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John Adlum & John Wallis, A Map Exhibiting A GENERAL VIEW of the Roads and Inland Navigation OF PENNSYLVANIA, AND PART OF THE ADJACENT STATES. Respectfully inscribed to Thomas Mifflin, Governor, and the General Assembly of the Commonwealth OF PENNSYLVANIA [Philadelphia, 1792?]

John Adlum promotes “internal improvements” throughout Pennsylvania

A rare, impressive and important map of Pennsylvania by John Adlum promoting the development of a statewide road and canal network. The intent was to position Philadelphia as a leading destination for the products of the interior while enriching speculators in “western” lands. Background The end of the Revolutionary War, with the resultant economic dislocation […]

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