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Boston Light in 1789

A scarce view of Boston Light, one of the few obtainable 18th-century views of an American lighthouse.  The original Boston Light was built in 1716 on Little Brewster Island at the entrance to Boston Harbor. It was the first lighthouse built within the future United States, but was destroyed by the British as they evacuated the town […]

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Landmark Osgood Carleton map of Massachusetts

The Osgood Carleton “Map of Massachusetts,” the first official state map and a vast improvement over any earlier effort. Description A very nice copy of the second edition of the first official map of the State of Massachusetts. Based largely on new surveys, it depicts the state with the surveyed boundaries of counties and towns; […]

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Salem Marine Society certificate, with an early view of the Harbor

An attractive certificate of membership in the Salem Marine Society, adorned by one of the earliest printed views of Salem Harbor. The Salem Marine Society was founded in 1766 “to provide relief for disabled and aged members and their families; to promote knowledge of this coast; and to communicate observations for making navigation more safe.” […]

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1792 plan of Washington DC engraved by Samuel Hill

1792 plan of Washington, D.C. engraved in Boston by Samuel Hill

The rare second printed map of Washington, D.C. being the small-scale edition of the “Ellicott Plan” engraved by Samuel Hill for the Massachusetts Magazine. Due to the vicissitudes of war and sectional politics, the site of the American capital remained unsettled for years after independence. Indeed, prior to 1790 Congress met variously at Philadelphia, Lancaster […]

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An early Boston Directory, with the Osgood Carleton plan

A rare and desirable directory. The Boston Directory was first published in 1789 by John Norman, and John West published the second edition in 1796. Thereafter the Directory was reissued more or less semi-annually for many years, with Edward Cotton stepping in as publisher in 1805. The heart of the work is a listing of […]

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