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Surfside, Nantucket: An unrecorded real estate map

An extremely rare 1880s plat of lots for sale in Surfside on Nantucket’s South Shore. Note: This plat was acquired in partnership with Barry Ruderman Antique Maps as part of an archive of some 150 Nantucket real estate maps and plats. The group includes several impressions of the plat—the only known examples–identical in all but the added […]

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J.H. Millar of the firm Bryan & Millar, Panora, Guthrie Co., Iowa (mapmaker) / G.H. Yewel (illustrator) / Cook, Sargent & Downey (publishers) / W. Schuchman, 3d St. Pittsburgh (lithographer), IOWA CITY AND ITS ENVIRONS. Iowa City: Cook, Sargent & Downey, 1854.

1854 wall map promoting Iowa City

A rare, detailed and attractive 1854 wall map of Iowa City produced as a promotional piece on behalf of local real estate investors. The territorial legislature of Iowa established Iowa City in 1839. The city was surveyed and platted later that year, and in 1841 the territorial capital shifted there from Burlington. Following Iowa’s accession […]

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Designed by H. T. Whitman Civil Engineer / Surveys by Edm. Grover and G. L. Walker, PLAN OF A SECTION OF SEA SHORE LOTS AT MAKONIKEY HEIGHTS MARTHAS VINEYARD MASS. Property of Marthas Vineyard Co. Boston: Marthas Vineyard Co., [ca. 1891].

Development at Makonikey Heights on Marthas Vineyard

A rare, nicely executed plan designed to attract investment in an 1890s development in the Makonikey area of Marthas Vineyard, lying between Tisbury and Vineyard Haven on heights overlooking Vineyard Sound. The development at Makonikey was funded by a group of mainland businessmen with no particular connection to the island, among them E. H. Capen, […]

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Boom (and bust) at Lagoon Heights, Martha’s Vineyard

Lovely promotional map for the Lagoon Heights development in present-day Oak Bluffs, Martha’s Vineyard. This plan combines a plat of the Lagoon Heights development with decorative vignettes of two very fine cottages and an unusual perspective view of the Lagoon and Vineyard Sound. The overall impression is most attractive, rendering this is one of the […]

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Joseph H. Curtis, Landscape Engineer 85 Dev. St. Boston from surveys by J. G. Kelly / Heliotype Printing Co. Boston, Plan of Heights of BUENA VISTA near terminus of Mt. Desert Branch of M.C.R.R.Hancock, Maine, Dec. 1888.

Rare plan for a coastal development near Mount Desert Island

The Maine Central Railroad was chartered in 1881 and completed in mid-1884, running nearly 50 miles from Penobscot Switch to the Mount Desert Ferry in Hancock, Maine. This created the only all-rail connection between Mount Desert, Portland, Boston and beyond. “Since the opening of the Mount Desert Branch of the Maine Central Railroad a new […]

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1873 Cook survey of Surfside Nantucket

A dozen maps documenting the development of Surfside, Nantucket, 1873-1927

A unique archive of manuscript and printed maps and plans tracing efforts over more than half a century to develop the Surfside area on Nantucket’s south shore. The material documents changing conceptions of the area, from a planned community of large lots and generous parkland, very much in the mode of contemporary resort communities such as […]

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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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Orlando Darling Fort Scott Kansas 1857

Rare plan of Fort Scott during the Bleeding Kansas era

An extremely rare late 1850s promotional map of Fort Scott, a frontier town at the epicenter of the violence of Bleeding Kansas. Fort Scott was established along the Marmaton River in southeast Kansas by the U.S. Army in 1842.  It was one of string of posts, running from Minnesota to Louisiana, which more or less […]

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Unrecorded map promoting Ohiopyle on the Youghiogheny

An extremely rare promotional plan for a site at the Ohiopyle Falls of the Youghiogheny River. Pennsylvania’s Youghiogheny River runs northwest from the Maryland border through miles of mountainous country before emptying into the Ohio River at Pittsburgh. Among its most dramatic features are the Ohiopyle (Greek for “Gates of the Ohio”) Falls in Fayette […]

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