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Leander Ransom, A NEW MAP OF THE States OF CALIFORNIA AND NEVADA Exhibiting the RIVERS, LAKES BAYS and ISLANDS, with the principal TOWNS, ROADS, RAILRAODS and TRANSIT ROUTES to the SILVER MINING DISTRICTS of NEVADA TERRITORY. Also MERIDIAN, STANDARD, RANGE and TOWNSHIP LINES as established; to which is added the County Boundaries and UNITED STATES LAND DISTRICTS. CAREFULLY COMPILED FROM United States and other Reliable Surveys by LEANDER RANSOM. San Francisco: Warren Holt, 1870.

1870 map of California and Nevada by pioneering surveyor Leander Ransom

Scarce and significant 1870 pocket map of California and Nevada, compiled by Leander Ransom and published in San Francisco by Warren Holt. Described by Wheat as “a Nevada map of first importance” and Streeter as “a first rate map of California as it was in 1863 and… especially good for the mining districts in Nevada […]

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J[ames] H[amilton] Young, A NEW MAP OF TEXAS WITH THE CONTIGUOUS AMERICAN & MEXICAN STATES. Philadelphia: S. Augustus Mitchell, 1836 [copyright 1835].

One of the earliest Texas maps of the Republic era

The first Republic-era edition (and second overall) of this important map of Texas, published in May 1836 just weeks after it declared its independence from Mexico. The map clearly reflects current events by depicting the Republic as a distinct political entity, much shaped by the land grants to and improvements made by its American settlers. In the […]

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[Title on cover:] GUIDE MAP OF NEW YORK CITY Showing present and proposed transit lines and pictures of properties owned by the New York Real Estate Security Company. These properties are the security for the Company’s 6% Mortgage Bonds. [Title on map:] SOME OF THE PROPERTIES OWNED BY THE NEW YORK REAL ESTATE SECURITY CO. MAIN OFFICE 42 BROADWAY, NEW YORK CITY, U. S. A. [New York, 1912-1913.]

Boom and bust in New York real estate

An unrecorded ca. 1912 persuasive map of New York City touting bonds offered by the New York Real Estate Security Company. Everything about the map is designed to convey the safety of the Company’s offerings, and yet in 1913 it was forced into bankruptcy and its holdings liquidated.   The New York Real Estate Security Company […]

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Ralph Carlyle Prather / Smith-Brooks Printing Co., PRATHER’S AERIAL VIEW OF DENVER MOUNTAIN PARKS AND MT. EVANS REGION. Denver: Ralph Carlyle Prather, 1922.

Ralph Carlyle Prather 1922 view of Rocky Mountain National Park

A rare and striking 1922 Ralph Carlyle Prather bird’s-eye view of the Rocky Mountain National Park as seen looking west from an imaginary viewpoint above the town of Estes Park (elev. 7547’), with 14,255-foot Long’s Peak looming in the background. This remarkable image was produced to capitalize on the region’s emerging tourist economy, catalyzed in […]

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William C. Reynolds / Electrotyped by Filmer & Co., 128 Fulton St., New York, REYNOLDS’S POLITICAL MAP OF THE UNITED STATES DESIGNED TO EXHIBIT THE COMPARATIVE AREA OF THE FREE AND SLAVE STATES AND THE TERRITORY OPEN TO SLAVERY OR FREEDOM BY THE REPEAL OF THE MISSOURI COMPROMISE. New York: Published by W[illia]m C. Reynolds, No. 195 Broadway, and J.C. Jones, No. 1 Spruce Street [and] Chicago: Rufus Blanchard, No. 52 La Salle Street, 1856.

Reynolds’s Political Map of the United States, highlighting the threat of the Southern Slave Power

A rare and remarkable persuasive map promoting the 1856 Presidential campaign of John Fremont and highlighting the threat posed by the southern “Slave Power.” Used as the cover image for Susan Schulten’s Mapping the Nation (2012). The 1854 Kansas-Nebraska Act established two new territories and repealed the Missouri Compromise of 1820, which had hitherto prohibited […]

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Amazing illustrated map of the Chicago Fire

The single most striking map documenting the Chicago Fire of October 1871. The Chicago Fire began on the evening of October 8, on or near the O’Leary’s property at 137 De Koven Street on the city’s southwest side. It burned out of control until the 10th, leaping the Chicago River and killing hundreds of people, destroying tens of thousands […]

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Rand McNally & Co., THE MEXICAN SITUATION, Showing Location of American Fleet and Border Forts. Chicago: The Chicago Milwaukee and St. Paul Railway, [1914].

A truly strange map of the Mexican Revolution

One of the stranger maps I have encountered, this is a Rand McNally map of Mexico, heavily overprinted to reflect the Mexican Revolution in mid-1914, then further adapted as a promotional map by the Chicago Milwaukee and St. Paul Railway. After more than three decades of authoritarian rule by Porfirio Diaz, from 1910 on Mexico […]

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Harvey Boardman, Griswold, Conn. / Revised by H. S. Fifield / John H. Bufford, Boston, NEW MAP OF THE WHITE MOUNTAINS WITH GUIDE 1871. New Hampton, NH: H. S. Fifield, 1871.

Rare variant of the Harvey Boardman Map of the White Mountains

A rare 1871 edition of a most appealing pocket map of the heart of New Hampshire’s White Mountains region, first issued in 1858 by Harvey Boardman and here updated by H. S. Fifield.   Designed for the tourist market, the map shows roads and “carriage ways” (including one on the route of the present-day Crawford […]

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[Henry F.] Walling / Julius Bien, MAP OF THE WHITE MOUNTAINS OF NEW HAMPSHIRE FROM WALLING’S LARGE MAP OF THE STATE 1881. New York City, 1877/1881.

Important map of the White Mountains by Henry Walling

An important, visually striking and scarce pocket map of the White Mountains of New Hampshire by Henry Frances Walling, one of the greatest American mapmakers of the 19th century. The map depicts the natural and human geography of the region in great detail, including lakes, streams and rivers; hills and mountains; county and town boundaries; […]

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