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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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[Byron Kilbourn and Increase Lapham] / Engraved by W[illiam] Haviland, Cincinnati, CITY OF MILWAUKEE. NP, ND, but 1836.

The first printed plan of Milwaukee Wisconsin

An important American map, being the first printed plan of Milwaukee Wisconsin executed by early settlers Byron Kilbourn and Increase Lapham in 1835-36. The plan is a wonderful rarity whose story is intertwined with the founding and early controversies of the city. The plan depicts the future city extending for perhaps 1 ½ miles along […]

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P[hinehas] Merrill A[aron Merrill], Pensley sc., A PLAN of the TOWN of EXETER, AT THE HEAD OF THE SOUTHERLY BRANCH OF PISCATAQUA RIVER. [Stratham, NH?], 1802.

1802 map of Exeter, New Hampshire by Phinehas Merrill

A rare, informative and charming map of Exeter, New Hampshire by important regional surveyor Phinehas Merrill. Merrill’s plan depicts the center of the ancient town of Exeter (incorporated 1638), situated at the head of the Exeter River in southeastern New Hampshire. The town has a distinguished history as one of the oldest towns in the […]

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A New and Accurate PLAN of the TOWN of BOSTON, in NEW ENGLAND. [on sheet with:] A New PLAN of BOSTON HARBOR, from an Actual SURVEY. [London: John Hinton, May 1774]

Boston on the brink of Revolution, from The Universal Magazine

Detailed plan of Boston and a chart of Boston Harbor, issued during the runup to the American Revolution. The plan shows the street plan and street names, landmarks such as Boston Common (with the Powder House and Liberty Tree), the Mill Dam and Long Wharf, and several batteries and fortifications ringing the town. The plan […]

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A rare map of Somerville, Mass.

A rare map of an important Massachusetts city. A richly- detailed map of Somerville, Mass., depicting its boundaries, street plan, and the locations of both major structures and private dwellings. Parts of the surrounding towns of Cambridge, Charlestown, Malden and Medford are also shown, albeit in more schematic form. Several businesses are named on the […]

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1832 map of Ipswich Village, Massachusetts

First separately printed map of Ipswich Village, Massachusetts

A detailed and very rare plan of the village of Ipswich Massachusetts in the early 1800s. The plan provides a street plan, names landowners, and identifies landmarks such as businesses, churches, schools, and other public buildings, with many of these shown in miniature profile view. The latter feature gives the map added documentary value, as […]

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Rare 1820 Jonathan Saunders map of Salem Massachusetts

A Salem Massachusetts rarity

The rare first printed plan of Salem Massachusetts, boldly engraved and a trove of information. This interesting and very rare plan depicts the center of Salem as it was finding its footing following the economic devastation of Jefferson’s embargo and the War of 1812.  Executed at the very large scale of just over 350 feet […]

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Manuscript plat of a “ghost” town in upstate New York

A mysterious manuscript plan for a small town on the St. Regis River in northern New York State. The plan was drawn in 1808, at a time of accelerating settlement and economic development in the region. This interesting little plan shows a small town laid out into 15 blocks comprising approximately 250 individual lots. Provision […]

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