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Map of the Town of Dartmouth Bristol County Mass. 1856

This detailed and decorative wall map of Dartmouth, Massachusetts presents a prosperous and well settled coastal Massachusetts town in 1856. The Map of the Town of Dartmouth shows its 27 numbered School Districts and is illustrated with six pictorial vignettes, including the J. Cummings Stone Mill, the 1st Congregational Church, B.T. Cummings' Store and Wm. Cummings' House, the Matthews, Meshow & Co.'s Ship Yard, the Apponagansett Bridge and the School House in District No. 10. There are four inset maps, the largest one being of densely settled South Dartmouth that identifies the Toll House at the Aponagansett Bridge and the...

Plan of The Lands & Water of the Parker Mills Co. in Wareham Mass., c. 1834

This undated manuscript Plan of the Lands & Water of the Parker Mills Co. in Wareham, Mass.  c. 1834? is a rare, new discovery that offers a detailed view of Wareham in its early industrial period. The scope of the Plan of the Lands and Water of the Parker Mills Co. (the "Plan") is defined by the geographic scope of the property of one of Wareham's major iron and nail manufacturers, the Parker Mills Co., whose business history begins in the 1830's, and predate its 1845 legal incorporation by Act of the Massachusetts Legislature. The predecessor to the Parker Mills...

GEORGIA. (1808), Daniel Sturges, Surveyor General

The Georgia Plan (1808) and the Sturges/Bohlen Archive (1795-1808) are a remarkable set of newly discovered historic documents centering on Georgia and Philadelphia that personalize Georgia's complex land accession and land survey history, and highlight major land fraud schemes of  1795 to 1808.  Sturges' Georgia Plan (1808) and the Sturges/Bohlen Archive are first person reminders of America's fraught creation myth, and highlight the competing forces of private investment in land, mercantile speculation, government channeling of such forces and the role of the courts, all with provocative relevance for the unfolding American story. [19]

For clarity, this complex lot is presented...

Holden, c.1838 (engraved at Lahainaluna, Hawaii)

Edward Bailey, teacher, artist, craftsman, surveyor, naturalist, businessman, and man of many other skills drew this image of the town common of Holden, Massachusetts. It is a summer landscape and the tall trees surrounding the town common are in full leaf.  Whether young Edward Bailey drew this detailed portrait of his cherished home before leaving Holden for Boston in December, 1836 to embark with Caroline Hubbard, his new wife, also a teacher, to teach Hawaiian pupils at the secular mission schools of the American Board of Commissioners of Foreign Missions ("ABCFM")  in the Sandwich Islands (Hawaii) or from memory during...

Gratia Denny Friendship Album 1826-1832 (manuscript)

 This Album is a six year slice of life along the Connecticut River only 50 years after the American Revolution that reflects contact with America's foremost institutions, America's early 19th c. intellectual activists, educators, abolitionists, free thinkers, and artists  - including the deaf painter Augustus Fuller, Catherine E. Beecher, Thomas Gallaudet, religious thinkers and relationships in the personal life of Gratia Denny, an extraordinary individual. Gratia Denny, at the age of 28, set out from Leicester, Massachusetts in 1826 and traveled by stage coach and river boat (there were no trains) with her youngest brother, Edwards W. Denny (also known...

"Africa", Phebe Varney, 1830, [Society of Friends], manuscript

This hand drawn map is signed "Phebe Varney, 1830. Dover Duchess County" on the front. The title of the map is "Africa". The map is hand drawn on thick paper with colored inks and possibly a fine brush. The thickness and opacity of the paper would not have permitted easy tracing and therefore it is most likely the author of the map drew it freehand, perhaps using a grid system  (or longitude and latitude lines) to scale up or down a published map or set of maps of Africa. The map appears to be unique.

Phebe Varney and her family...

Abraham Lincoln, Portrait Photograph, 1860 and 1881

Alexander Hesler (1823 – 1895), the American photographer based in Chicago, Illinois took this photograph of Abraham Lincoln when he was a candidate for President of the United States.   Hesler had Lincoln sit for this portrait in Hesler's Chicago studio in 1860.

The contents of Hesler's studio, including the glass negative for this print were purchased in 1867 by George B. Ayres (1829-1905). On the back of this photograph, on the secondary support, is the manuscript inscription " Copyright Geo. B. Ayres Phila."  The platinum print was made by George B. Ayres and signed on the back.

The platinum print process...

Portraits of the Presidents, 1846

Portraits of the eleven U.S. Presidents as of 1846, the insignia of the current 29 states, including Iowa admitted December 28, 1846, Florida on March 3, 1845 and Texas on December 29, 1845. This is a full color lithograph that also presents George Washington at the top and center of the composition framed with a green olive wreath and overseeing a fierce American Bald Eagle who sits astride both the draped flags of the Union on poles decorated with gold braid and tassel, and a large red, white and blue shield bearing the insignia of the 29 admitted states. The scene also...

Liberty, 1796

The scene drawn by Edward Savage of Liberty as the Goddess of Youth offering sustenance from her golden goblet to the American Bald Eagle as he descends from backlit clouds captures the moment in American history when the new nation is being born. Drawn in the sky above Liberty and the Bald Eagle, emerging from smoke and clouds is the new American flag with thirteen stars, a cloth liberty cap atop the flagstaff. Beneath Liberty's bare right foot are the abandoned implements of royal tyranny, the massive Key to the Bastille prison, a royal insignia and scattered nearby are pieces...

Map of The New York Wilderness and The Adirondacks, 1874

W.W. Ely, a Rochester, New York physician and outdoorsman was an avid hiker and explorer in the Adirondack Mountains of New York. This rare pocket map copyright 1873 and published in 1874 is based on Dr. Ely's decades of hiking and note taking in order to produce a reliable map of the Adirondack Mountains region for visitors. An inset map of the New England states, Pennsylvania, Ontario, Canada and New York, with the Adirondacks highlighted in light purple, places the millions of acres of the Adirondacks region in geographic context and scale. the Adirondacks are larger than Connecticut and almost...

Abraham S. Fox, hand drawn Tribute and Mourning piece to George Washington, created at Roxbury, Free School Feb. 8, 1800.

This hand drawn student work, signed and dated inside a wreath of floral branches "ROXBURY Free School Febr. 8th, 1800, Abraham S. Fox Scripsit." is both a tribute and a mourning piece to the recently deceased President George Washington a scant six weeks after the President's death.  Abraham S. Fox dedicates this drawing to his teacher "To the Preceptor" in the lower right corner. Perhaps this work was a classroom exercise. The hand drawn tribute predates the nationally declared day of mourning, February 22, 1800 and may therefore have been an assignment in anticipation of that day or a student's...

A New Map of North America with the West India Islands Divided According to the Preliminary Articles of Peace, Signed at Versailles 20 Jan. 1783, publ. 1786

Publisher Robert Sayer's 1786  "A New Map of North America" by Thomas Pownall is "New" because it illustrates the newly established United States of America according to the terms of the Preliminary Articles of Peace of January 20, 1783, that six months later are finalized by the final Peace Treaty of 1783 that concluded America's Revolutionary War with Great Britain./1  This scarce map presents on two 48" engraved map sheets the political paradigm shift of the American Revolution and the newly agreed upon territorial relationships in North America between the governments of the United States and Great Britain, and indirectly...

Macdonough's VIctory on Lake Champlain, 1816

This scarce, early 19th century engraving shows the naval battle at Plattsburgh, New York in 1814, the concluding and decisive American naval victory of the War of 1812 between America and Britain. The battle was momentous. Lake Champlain offered the British Navy a potential naval gateway from Canada into America. Lake Champlain would have provided the British Navy with water access via a short portage to Lake George and further south via the Champlain Canal to the Hudson River. Once setting sail on the Hudson River, Captain Downie could have led the British Navy directly to lay siege to New...

"Range Estimation Gives Accurate Shooting !" 1944

This comical, war time, extra large format cartoon print was published by the Canadian Royal Air Force in 1944.   Based on a notation in the print it is a numbered edition that was drawn and signed by Canadian artist John Duchak (1921-2012). John Duchak served in the Royal Canadian Air Force during WWII overseas as a cartoonist. His work was printed for distribution and education of Royal Canadian Air Force personnel. Duchak was educated in England and attended the Martin School of Art in London. This cartoon and a companion piece also on offer, "Keep an Accurate Log Sheet!" were drawn...

"Keep an Accurate Log Sheet!" 1944

This extra large format cartoon print published by the Canadian Royal Air Force in 1944 appears to be based on a notation in the print a numbered edition that was drawn and signed by Canadian artist John Duchak (1921-2012). John Duchak served in the Royal Canadian Air Force during WWII overseas as a cartoonist. His work was printed for distribution and education of Royal Canadian Air Force personnel. Duchak was educated in England and attended the Martin School of Art in London. This cartoon and a companion piece, "Range Estimation Gives Accurate Shooting!" also on offer, were drawn in Europe...