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A scarce and lovely map of Rockland, Maine

A lovely wall map of the historic seacoast town of Rockland, Maine, with superb original color. Osborne’s map provides an attractive and wonderfully-detailed depiction of the midcoast city of Rockland, Maine, located roughly midway between Portland and Mount Desert Island. Incorporated as East Thomaston in 1848, it took its present name in 1850 and received a city charter […]

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An unrecorded San Francisco wall map

A monumental, unrecorded San Francisco wall map for use of the fire-insurance industry. Published in 1874 by Benjamin Corbett Turnbull (1824-1905), an obscure immigrant surveyor, it depicts the city in an unprecedented degree of detail, and is in fact the most detailed of the city to appear prior to the Sanborn atlase of the mid […]

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William Bicknell, Jr. / S.N. Dickinson, Printer, A GEOGRAPHIC CHART TO WHICH ARE ADDED Extracts of the Constitution of each of the States, and the Constitution of the United States, with many USEFUL TABLES- - -upon a NEW PLAN, which brings the answer to the Question, that both may be seen at the same Time. Being designed for Schools and Families. Hartford, Maine, 1833.

A remarkable geographic chart, with huge moveable volvelles

A remarkable, even somewhat bizarre, mid-19thcentury geopolitical educational chart by William Bicknell, Jr. of Hartford, Maine. Bicknell (ca. 1804-1887) was a long-time educator in the Hartford, Maine school district. Accord to the Osher Map Library, he “wrote extensively on a variety of political topics, supporting women’s suffrage and opposing the death penalty.”  For a time […]

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Presdee and Edwards Map of Burlington Vermont 1853

Presdee & Edwards wall map of Burlington Vermont

A rare, informative and appealing 1853 wall map of Burlington Vermont by Presdee & Edwards. As with all Presdee & Edwards maps, the very large scale of 16 rods (264 feet) to the inch is sufficient to provide immense detail, including not only the street plan and rail lines, but property lines, land owners, and the placement […]

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Augustus Frank McKay (1850-1918) / Land & River Improvement Co. (publisher?) / Rand, McNally & Co. (printer), THE MAN OF COMMERCE[:] A CHART SHOWING The resemblance between the arteries of commerce, as represented by railroads, and the arterial system of man; also, the resemblance between the great vital organs of man and the commercial system of the great lakes. Superior, WI, 1889.

The Man of Commerce … an extraordinary allegorical map of the United States

An amazing map equating the American transportation network with the form and functions of the human body. Only the third example located. Incontestably one of the greatest American persuasive maps of the 19th century. This map was produced for promotional purposes, to highlight the advantages of Superior, Wisconsin as a manufacturing and transportation hub. The image […]

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Camden, Maine in 1856

This extremely rare map of Camden, Maine is an attractive and wonderfully-detailed depiction of a small coastal town roughly midway between Portland and Mount Desert Island. The map also depicts Rockport, which was part of Camden until seceding in 1891 due to a dispute over how to pay for a bridge. Today Camden is best known as an artists’ […]

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Henry Schenck Tanner / Engraved by Edward B. Dawson, A NEW AND AUTHENTIC MAP OF THE World Embracing All The RECENT DISCOVERIES, and exhibiting particularly the Nautical Researches of the most Distinguished Circumnavigators FROM THE LATEST & BEST AUTHORITIES; with numerous Corrections & Additions, BY H.S. TANNER. Philadelphia: H. S. Tanner 831.

Monumental 1831 world map by Henry Tanner

A remarkable wall map of the world by the remarkable Henry Tanner and arguably the culminating cartographic achievement of his career. “The object of Mr. Tanner was not to make a reprint of any former map, but to incorporate into one splendid effort, the correct delineations of existing publications with the late discoveries of Ross, […]

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Rand, McNally & Co., Engr[aver]s, NEELY’S NEW REVERSIBLE HISTORICAL CHART, Political Map AND UNITED STATES MAP COMBINED. PRICE (with United States map on Back) $5.00. Chicago: F.T. Neely, 1892.

Neely’s New Reversible Historical Chart, with a fantastic infographic of American political history

Neely’s New Reversible Historical Chart is a geopolitical compendium, highlighted by a masterpiece of an infographic rendering centuries of American political history into a single, digestible timeline. First the more mundane aspects: The lower half of the image features maps of the Eastern and Western Hemispheres and large-scale maps of Persia & Afghanistan, Abyssinia (Ethiopia), […]

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