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Mary H. L. Craig, A map of the United States drawn by Mary H. L. Craig at the Domestic Academy. [Washington County, Kentucky, ca. 1813-14.]

Patriotic schoolgirl map drawn in early 19th-century Kentucky

A most unusual patriotic manuscript map by an American schoolgirl remarkable for its Kentucky origins, interesting subject matter, pleasing design, relatively good condition, and superb provenance. “School” maps are frequently encountered on the antiquarian market; indeed, we have handled perhaps two dozen in the past decade. However, the vast majority of surviving examples were produced […]

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Cordelia Wilder, THE World. Hingham, [Mass.], 1826

Wonderful 1826 world map by a Hingham, Mass. schoolgirl

An attractive and unusually large manuscript world map by a Hingham, Massachusetts schoolgirl. The map is projected on a double hemisphere, with the continents in very appealing pastel wash and outline color and major topographical and riverine features delicately delineated. The map is dated 1826, but the geography reflects a late 18th century world view, […]

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Lovely “schoolgirl map” of the United States

An attractive and detailed manuscript map of the United States, drawn by a New Hampshire schoolgirl. In the 19th-century the copying of maps was an important technique of geographic education, and such maps—often known as “schoolgirl maps”–are frequently encountered on the antiquarian market.  The great majority were quite small, executed in simple outline, largely unadorned, […]

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Schoolgirl map of the world in delicate watercolor

A lovely “schoolgirl map” of the world by a young woman from Connecticut. In the 18th and 19th centuries map drawing was an important method of geographic education at the primary level, and schoolgirl maps are frequently encountered on the market.  The great majority are unadorned and relatively pedestrian, but this example by a young girl from […]

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Lovely 18th-century embroidered map

A lovely double-hemisphere world map embroidered in silk on satin and surrounded by delicate floral displays. The map reflects European knowledge of the world in the late 18th century, including the findings of Cook’s three voyages. The outline of Australia is more-or-less resolved, including “New South Wales dis[covered] 1770,” while the northwest coast of North America […]

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Lovely needlework map of the world

A large and ornate needlework map of the world embroidered in silk on satin. In unusually bright, fresh condition, with almost none of the splitting or toning that almost always affects needlework maps of the period. The map is executed in silk thread embroidered on silk satin, with the border and coordinate grid in black and national […]

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Polly D. Stearns, United States By Polly D. Stearns. NP, ND, but ca. 1819-1835, most likely 1819-1821.

Finely-rendered schoolgirl map of the United States

A finely-rendered schoolgirl map of the United States, including much detail for the trans-Mississippi West. Ms. Stearns’ map depicts the United States as far west as the Texas panhandle and upper reaches of the Missouri River, though the Florida peninsula is cut off just south of St. Augustine. The map is very detailed, showing state […]

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Clara O’Neil, [Hand-drawn physical atlas including 27 maps and plans and 18 astronomical and geological diagrams.] St. Leonards-on-Sea (Hastings), East Sussex, England, 1876.

Superb manuscript physical atlas, by a British convent student

An especially lovely 19th-century manuscript physical atlas by a young woman at an English convent school, strikingly detailed and rendered with precision and sensitivity in the choice of watercolors. In the 19th century map copying was an important educational method at the primary level, seen as valuable both for the development of geographic knowledge as well […]

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Hall, Mary B. Map of the World From the Latest Discoveries. Medford, Mass., 1810.

Superb schoolgirl world map by Mary B. Hall of Medford, Mass.

A fine manuscript map of the world by a Medford, Massachusetts schoolgirl. Though uncolored, the elegant foliate ornamentation and delicate shading render it particularly appealing.  The artist was likely Mary Brooks Hall (1796-1869), daughter of Revolutionary War veteran Nathaniel Hall (ca. 1762-1844) and Joanna Cotton Brooks (ca. 1772-1841). She seems to have spent her entire […]

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