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[Lieutenant George Walker Dyall Jones?], A View and Plan of Mud Island on the Delaware. NP, [but Philadelphia late 1777-early 1778?]

Revolutionary-war manuscript plan of Fort Mifflin on the Delaware River

Finely-executed Revolutionary War manuscript plan and view of Fort Mifflin on Mud Island on the Delaware River, with one of the earliest-known images of an American flag. Almost certainly produced by an engineer serving in William Howe’s army during the 1777 Philadelphia campaign, which ended with the reduction of Fort Mifflin after a terrible six-week siege. […]

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A unique document of American clock making history

A great rarity of 19th-century American craftsmanship, being the manuscript workbook of Philadelphia clock maker John Louis Gropengiesser (1810-1897) and likely his son Louis C. Gropengiesser (1839-1901)[1]. The title page of the workbook bears the name of Johann Louis Gropengiesser. Born around 1811 in Hanover, Germany, Gropengiesser lived in Norway for a time before moving […]

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1796 Charles Varle plan of Philadelphia

Charles Varlé plan of Philadelphia (1796)

First edition of a important and very rare Federal-era plan of Philadelphia published by Charles Varlé in or around 1796. When Varlé issued this plan Philadelphia was still the capital of the United States, pending the transfer to Washington, D.C. in 1800. It was the 2nd-largest city in the country with a vibrant and diversified […]

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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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1872 broadside W. HOWARD BROOKS & STEVENSON, MANUFACTURERS OF CAMPAIGN CAPS AND CAPES

Unrecorded broadside advertisement for political campaign regalia

A striking and unrecorded illustrated broadside for “campaign caps and capes” manufactured by the Philadelphia firm of W. Howard Brooks & Stevenson. Printed in no fewer than 12 colors during the Campaign of 1872. The broadside consists of four lines of headline type surmounting twelve wood-engraved illustrations of a model wearing campaign regalia, consisting of three […]

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Evan Evans / Oliver Evans / F[rancis] Shallus, Engraver No. 89 South Front St. Phil[adelphi]a, CYDER OR TOBACCO PRESS. [:] EVAN EVANS’S STRAW-CUTTERS. [:] MARS WORKS

Oliver Evans broadside promoting his cider press and other inventions

An unrecorded illustrated broadside promoting the products of the Mars Works in Philadelphia, established in 1807 by noted inventor, industrialist and author Oliver Evans (1755-1819). One of America’s great self-taught inventors and industrialists, the contributions of Oliver Evans included the design and manufacture of an automated grist mill, one of which was installed at Mount […]

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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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