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Boom (and bust) at Lagoon Heights, Martha’s Vineyard

Lovely promotional plan for the Lagoon Heights development in present-day Oak Bluffs, Martha’s Vineyard. This plan combines a plat of the Lagoon Heights development with decorative vignettes of two very fine cottages and an unusual perspective view of the Lagoon and Vineyard Sound. The overall impression is most attractive, rendering this is one of the […]

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J[ames] C[harles] Sidney / Printed by F. Kuhl, C.E., PLAN of the City of NEW LONDON NEW LONDON COUNTY CONNECTICUT. From original Surveys by J.C. Sidney, C.E. Philadelphia: Collins & Clark, 1850.

1850 wall map of New London, Connecticut

An attractive, informative and very rare 1850 plan of New London, Connecticut, situated on Long Island Sound at the mouth of the Thames River. First settled in 1646, its excellent deep water harbor made it a natural hub of commerce and, during wartime, a base for naval operations, and by the early 19th century it […]

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Painted by W[illiam] J[ohn] Huggins, Marine Painter to his Majesty / Engraved by T. Sutherland, William John Huggins. SOUTH SEA WHALE FISHERY. A representation of the Ships Amelia Wilson & Castor off the Island of Bouro. _ with their Boats & Crew, in the various process of Fishing, shewing the manner the Spermacetti Whales are caught. London: Leadenhall street, Jany 1st 1825.

Huggins’ iconic 1825 print of the South Sea Whale Fishery

Later restrike of Huggins view of the South Sea Whale Fishery capturing for an interested public the various stages of whaling, drawn, painted and published in 1825 by W. J. Huggins. The print depicts the activities of three British whaling vessels off the island of Bouro (Buru) in the Indonesian archipelago. Several sperm whales have […]

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An unrecorded and very early American whaling engraving

An unrecorded and most unusual early American advertising handbill, illustrated with whalemen and whaling scenes. The handbill is in the rococo style, comprised of three scenes vertically arranged, enclosed and interwoven with decorative scrolls. Vignettes at the top and bottom illustrate whalers at work in Arctic waters, with icebergs in the background. The lower image […]

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Rare map of Fall River, Massachusetts

OCLC #61723326 (Brown only), with other examples held by the British Library and Library of Congress (though not in Phillips). Not in Rumsey, and Antique Map Price Record lists no examples having appeared on the market in the past 30 years.

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18th-century political cartoon with a West Coast map!

A rare and wonderful political cartoon featuring great whaling content and a map of the West Coast of North America. British and Spanish claims to the Pacific Northwest had overlapped since the 16th century, though conflict developed only after voyages to the region by Cook, Dixon, Meares and others. Things came to a head in the […]

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Unrecorded whaling broadsides

Unusual California imprints, being two unrecorded broadsides listing respectively the responsibilities of sailors and officers on board a whaler.  These were published during the heyday of California whaling, when San Francisco was the home of a substantial offshore fleet. At the same time “shore whaling” thrived up and down the coast, not least in Sonoma […]

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An early and very rare map of Fall River, Mass.

An extraordinarily-detailed depiction of Fall River, by one of the great map makers of 19th-century America. This image is really two maps in one, with a large-scale plan of the center of Fall River surmounting a somewhat smaller-scale map of township. The relatively large scale of both enabled Walling to portray Fall River in enormous […]

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Bird’s-eye view of New Bedford, Mass.

A richly-detailed bird’s-eye view of this important Massachusetts city. Bailey’s view depicts New Bedford as seen looking west from an imaginary viewpoint over the harbor. Of particular interest are the horse-drawn trolley lines in the city center, the great variety of vessels and activity along the waterfront, and the bridge (rebuilt and still extant) over Popes […]

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William Congdon Taber & Charles Taber / Engraved by Geo. G. Smith, Boston, Chart of Kamscatka, and the sea of Ochotsk. Copied from the best Russian Authorities. Published at New Bedford, 1845, by W.C. TABER & SON, and by them respectfully dedicated to the Whaling Fleet of the United States. New Bedford: W. Co. Taber & Son, 1845.

Rare Taber chart of the North Pacific whaling grounds

An all but unknown navigation chart issued by the New Bedford firm of William C. Taber and dedicated to American whalers as they were pushing ever further into northern Pacific waters in search of new whaling grounds. New Bedford in the 1840s was the largest of the three centres of the whaling industry in New […]

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