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Chart of Boston Harbor from the 1806 edition of the English Pilot. The Fourth Book by Mount and page

Rare and important chart of Boston Harbor

A considerable rarity, and the most detailed chart of Boston Harbor for its time. The chart depicts Boston Harbor from modern-day Winthrop in the north to Hull and Hingham in the south. It provides an immense amount of information for these complicated waters, including the many harbor islands, hundreds of soundings, and a multitude of rocks […]

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Classic chart of the waters off Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket

A monumental and important chart of the waters around Martha`s Vineyard and Nantucket, by George Eldridge, the leading private American chart maker of the era. This mammoth chart depicts in detail the waters around the Elizabeth Islands, Martha’s Vineyard, Nantucket and Monomoy. Hundreds of soundings are given, along with notations about shoals and other hazards; lighthouses […]

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Samuel Champlain chart of Stage Harbor in Chatham, Mass.

A remarkable chart by Samuel Champlain, being one of the first of North America and one of the earliest visual records of the European encounter with the native peoples of New England. The chart was drawn form personal observations by Samuel Champlain, the visionary sailor, soldier, explorer, diplomat, mapmaker and founder of New France. “From 1604 to 1607 […]

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Lemuel Moody’s landmark chart of Casco Bay

A very rare chart of Casco Bay, by a remarkable figure in the history of maritime Maine. Moody’s chart represents the first attempt to improve upon one of the same region published nearly fifty years before in The Atlantic Neptune. The “additions and corrections” were quite extensive, and Moody’s efforts resulted in an essentially new chart of the area, […]

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[ Lesser Antilles ] THE CARRIBBEE ISLANDS. [No place, no date, but mid-19th century.]

Large, detailed but rather mysterious navigation chart of the Lesser Antilles

Striking mid-19th century navigation chart of the Lesser Antilles extending from Puerto Rico to Trinidad with the mainland coast of South America.   The chart gives soundings, prevailing winds, aids and hazards to navigation, and anchorages around and between many of the islands, the information particularly dense around Trinidad and the South American cost. Considering […]

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First edition U.S. Coast Survey chart of Edgartown Harbor

A lovely and hugely informative chart of Edgartown Harbor on Martha’s Vineyard, in a rarely-found issue on heavy chart paper. This is the first chart of the area issued by the United States Coast Survey. A trove of information, the chart includes immensely detailed soundings; navigational hazards; navigational aids such as lighthouses and light ships; and […]

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