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Knight, Leonard & Co. Panoramic Views Along the Line of the DENVER & RIO GRANDE Railroad. THE SCENIC LINE OF THE WORLD [and on verso:] SCENES OF THE DENVER & RIO GRANDE RAILROAD. [Chicago: Poole Bros., ca. 1893.]

Spectacular 1893 Denver & Rio Grande Railroad promotional brochure

A superb 1893 promotional brochure for the Denver & Rio Grande Railroad, featuring a sequence of nine chromolithographic views of Colorado’s natural wonders, many with trains cutting through the landscape.  The Denver & Rio Grande Railroad was incorporated in 1870, its primary function to connect Denver and Salt Lake City. It also developed several branch […]

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Walter Watson, C[ivil] E[ngineer] / Engraved and Printed by Struthers, Servoss & Co., New York, RAILWAY AND HIGHWAY MAP of the FAMOUS BERKSHIRE HILLS REGION… Pittsfield, MA: Berkshire Life Insurance Co., 1883.

Lovely tourist map of Berkshire County Massachusetts

A most appealing 1883 promotional map of the Famous Berkshire Hills of western Massachusetts, one of New England’s great destinations for its combination of natural beauty and cultural attractions. The map offers a very detailed view of Berkshire County, including its towns and their boundaries, topographical features, and roads and railroads, with symbols identifying school […]

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Walker Lith. & Pub. Co., Boston, CANOBIE LAKE PARK SALEM, NH. Haverhill, NH: Massachusetts Northeastern Street Ry. Co., [undated but 1912 or a bit later].

Unrecorded George H. Walker view of New Hampshire’s Canobie Lake Park

A lovely and unrecorded early 20th-century chromolithographic bird’s-eye view of Canobie Lake Park in Salem, New Hampshire. The view depicts the Park as seen from an imaginary vantage point to the north, with Canobie Lake in the middle ground and the cities of the Merrimack Valley in the far distance. Though a roller coaster is […]

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Extremely rare 1902 promotional map of Harris County Texas

A separately-issued, detailed and extremely rare promotional map of Harris County Texas, published at a transitional moment in the region’s history. The map was published in the immediate aftermath of two epochal events in the history of southeast Texas: the catastrophic Galveston Hurricane of 1900 and the discovery of oil at Spindletop in 1901, which […]

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[ Transcontinental Railroad ] A.M. Smith, General Passenger Agent of the Rock Island Railroad / Rand, McNally & Co., Map Engravers and Printers, TRANS CONTINENTAL ROUTE ILLUSTRATED CROSSING THE SWITZERLAND OF AMERICA / PANORAMIC MAP OF THE GREAT OVERLAND ROUTE FROM OCCIDENT TO ORIENT. EUROPE TO CHINA, JAPAN & AUSTRALIA. Chicago: A.M. Smith, 1876.

A rare and wonderful panorama of the Transcontinental Railroad

A delightful illustrated strip map promoting the Chicago Rock Island Railroad and its connections with the Transcontinental Railroad and steamer routes to Europe and Asia. This remarkable folding map, only six inches high but nearly five feet long, highlights the route of the Transcontinental Railroad from Chicago to California along the Chicago Rock Island, Union […]

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[ Patillo Higgins ] / Nelson & White, Engineers and Architects, RAILROAD MAP OF TEXAS, LOUISIANA AND PART OF MISSISSIPPI. HIGGINS STANDARD OIL COMPANY. L’TD. CAPITAL STOCK $10,000,000. [Beaumont: Higgins Standard Oil Company,] Nov. 1901 [but probably 1902.]

Patillo Higgins promotes the Higgins Standard Oil Company

An extraordinarily rare promotional map published by Patillo Higgins, the Father of Texas Oil, just months after the gusher at Spindletop transformed the global oil industry. Born in Sabine Pass, Texas in 1863 but spending most of his life in Beaumont, Higgins’ early years were marked among other things by violent racism and the killing […]

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Mammoth map publisher’s promotional album

A striking and unusual promotional album issued by the Buffalo-based map publisher Whitney-Graham Company, featuring numerous maps of American rail and utility networks. The album consists of a page of introductory text, followed by a total of 20 maps pasted on 13 leaves. An introductory page of text proudly states that the volume offers “Unmistakable evidence of the highest […]

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1897 Nickel Plate Road promotional Alaska map

An unrecorded Klondike Gold Rush promotional map

A striking and unrecorded 1897 map of Alaska, issued by an eastern railroad attempting to cash in on gold fever at the height of the Klondike Gold Rush. Owned in partnership with James Arsenault & Company. The map embraces Alaska, the westernmost portion of the North West Territory (including what would become Yukon Territory the […]

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[Superior Wisconsin] Hallock-Harmon-Leader Co., PERSPECTIVE MAP OF THE CITY OF SUPERIOR, WIS. Milwaukee: American Publishing Co., [1893?]

Rare 1893[?] bird’s-eye view of Superior Wisconsin

A rare bird’s-eye view promoting the economic ambitions of Superior, Wisconsin near the turn of the 20thcentury. The view depicts the city as seen looking south or southwest from an imaginary point high above the far west end of Lake Superior.  The unnamed artist has played with both orientation and scale so as to emphasize […]

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Gravé par Delamare, R. St. André des Arts, 45, PLAN DES TERRES Appartenant à la Société de Colonisation Européo-Américaine dans le Comté de Dallas TEXAS[.] Paris: Imp. Lemercier, R. de Seine 57, [1854?]

The first large-scale mapping of any part of Dallas, Texas

A foundational document in the early history of Dallas, Texas, being the first large-scale mapping of any part of the modern city and recording considerable information about early land ownership and topography. Extremely rare, with no examples found in Texas. This map depicts extensive settlement west of the Trinity River, including dozens of named parcels […]

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