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Manuscript survey of Boston Harbor’s Deer Island

A lovely image of Boston Harbor’s historic Deer Island, probably produced in the early 18th century. Executed at a scale of roughly 230 feet to the inch, the survey depicts the island’s coastline with care, identifying Cedar and Sound Points by name. It also provides some information about the interior topography, including stands of trees and […]

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Manuscript map of the Moravian settlement at Litiz

An early, large-scale survey of the Borough of Litiz, Pennsylvania, at the time still entirely under the supervision of the Moravian Church. The Moravian Church has its roots in the pre-Lutheran Protestant reforms of Jan Hus in 15th-century Bohemia. Brutally persecuted there, members of the sect scattered across Europe, some finding refuge in Moravia, in the […]

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Survey of a Colonial Massachusetts homestead

A marvelous 18th-century survey of a historic Rehoboth, Massachusetts property. Manuscript surveys of this size and detail from this period are quite uncommon on the market, and this one is also distinguished by a gruesome back story. Background This is a probate survey of the property of one Philip Wheeler, now known as the Ingalls-Wheeler-Horton homestead […]

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Imposing atlas of the Black Hills of South Dakota

An imposing and very rare atlas from the first detailed survey of the Black Hills. After the discovery of gold in the Black Hills by miners accompanying Custer’s 1874 expedition, the federal government expropriated the area from the Lakota Sioux in violation of the Treaty of Fort Laramie. While settlers and prospectors streamed in, in […]

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Monumental manuscript map of southern Sumatra

A monumental and exquisitely drafted manuscript map and a landmark in the cartography of southern Sumatra. The map embraces the entire southern third of the island, including the historic regions of Palembang, Lampung, Jambi and the Bencoolen coast. It delineates the region’s numerous rivers—the main transport corridors—in unprecedented detail, labeling innumerable settlements, notably the major […]

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Attractive manuscript plan of a Newmarket New Hampshire estate

An appealing manuscript survey in ink and watercolor of a “homested” in Newmarket New Hampshire belonging to one Joseph Doe. The plan, oriented with north at the lower left, shows a large parcel of some 208 acres in what must have been a desirable location across the road from the Newmarket Meetinghouse, in close proximity […]

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Manuscript survey of Lancaster Mills in Clinton, Massachusetts

An accomplished map of the Lancaster Mills complex in Clinton, Massachusetts. The Lancaster Mills Corporation was founded in Lancaster, Massachusetts in 1844 by brothers Horatio and Erastus Bigelow. Horatio seems to have been the entrepreneur of the two, while Erastus was a serial inventor and an expert in process improvement and reengineering. He used his […]

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1845 map of New York and New Haven Railroad

1845 map of the New York and New Haven Railroad… 10 feet long!

A monumental 1845 map depicting the route of the New York and New Haven Railroad, one of the oldest and busiest in the United States. Background Chartered in 1844 and opened in early 1849, the New York and New Haven completed the first direct all-rail route between New York and Boston. “In the early days […]

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