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Map of Massachusetts, Rhode Island & Connecticut, 1837

This rare, 1837 edition of the Map of Massachusetts, Rhode Island & Connecticut maps each of these New England states by county outlined in red, town or city in contrasting colors and locates the numerous large factories in operation in these three New England states in the early phase of America's rapid industrialization. Although New York is not shown on the map, New York city is. The map states at the top just below "New Hampshire", "this Map in addition to the information usually found on the best Maps, contains the Factories, Churches, Academies, Banks. There are 1244 factories." Churches...

Mixed Pickles c. 1895

Mixed Pickles, an illustrated children's story book whose jar shaped cover shows wide eyed children's faces of those bottled in a pickle jar,  is a "novelty"  story book cut out in the shape of a pickle jar. The front cover shows the heads of the many children, the mixed pickles, inside the jar. The back cover is plain and contains only the book design No. 1071 and the publisher's information.  One author's name appears with the last story and that is R.K Mounsey. The awful confinement experienced by the children immediately grabs the viewer and these feelings are perhaps also...

Chart of St. Lawrence & Saguenay Rivers 1873.

A scarce 19th c. Canadian  chart and tourist brochure pertaining to the St. Lawrence and Saguenay Rivers, the 1873 Chart of the St. Lawrence & Saguenay Rivers accompanied on the reverse by The St. Lawrence and Saguenay Rivers, from Quebec, to Rimouski and Chicoutimi is a historic 19th c. maritime travel guide and contemporary reference for modern explorers embarking from Quebec, Canada  and navigating the vast St. Lawrence River. The multiple text panels of this brochure provide the 19th century tourist with several travel routes, the applicable ferry schedules for each of the boats, ticketing information and local geographic and...

Military Map of the United States, 1951

This Union Pacific Military Map of the United States is unusual among typical American railroad maps and tourist brochures as it illustrates the U.S. armed services military bases and train logistics that supported domestic American military requirements during the Korean Conflict. This is a hybrid map and illustrated map. The "Explanation" on the color coded map identifies the three symbols scattered throughout the Map of the United States: red airplane identifies Airfields, Bases & Stations: red boat anchor in red circle identifies Naval Installations; red solid square identifies Barracks, Camps, Forts & Posts. States are outlined in yellow. An Explanation...

Mexican Treasury Reports(5), Banco De Avio, 1830, Treasury 1833, 1836, 1837, 1850.

This lot of four (4) distinct annual  finance and banking titles (1850 in duplicate) published by the Mexican government consists of reports for the years 1830 to 1850 that are scarce, original records relevant to scholarship of Latin American finance and internal Mexican public finance that were published during  turbulent times in independent Mexico's early political and fiscal history. These reports cover the era leading to the revolt in Tejas (Texas) and secession of Tejas (Texas) to become an independent republic, and by the 1840's the lead up and consequences to Mexico of the Mexican-American War when it lost 55%...

Map of Boston for 1888.

This detailed neighborhood and street map of the City of Boston as it neared the last decade of the 19th century was published by Sampson, Murdock,  & Co. for the visitor to Boston, or Boston resident who wanted to navigate the city with confidence, there being no other means to learn the streets, ways and neighborhoods of a rapidly evolving Boston.  This map and the directory accompanying it belong to a book format with a long publishing history in Boston that began in 1789 with John Norman.1/  Mary Sampson, the president of Sampson Publishing Company began publishing a Boston Directory with...

Plan of Boston Proper Showing Changes in Street And Wharf Lines 1795 To 1895

This large, colorful, separately issued, Plan of Boston Proper 1795 to 1895, describing Boston's downtown area bounded by Boston Harbor, the Charles River, Fort Point Channel and to the west Massachusetts Avenue (including Charles Gate West) is rich with over two hundred years of survey work describing Boston's waterfront and urban development.1/ The Plan of Boston Proper 1795 to 1895 includes a color coded key that is essential to reading the map. Using different colors to indicate the shoreline over two hundred years,  the map represents the Boston shoreline and streets from as early as 1630 based on late 17th...

Ornamental Map of the United States and Mexico.

This scarce edition of Ensigns & Thayer's decorative broadside Ornamental Map of the United States and Mexico, undated, with its large inset map titled Map of the United States and Mexico flanked by two columns of the existing American states 1/, celebrates the 1848 United States victory in the two year Mexican-American War, settled by treaty granting America 55% of Mexico's prewar territory, including California and land that would become New Mexico, Colorado and an expanded Texas.2/  This colorful broadsheet presents America's ultimate coast to coast Western expansion following on the heels of American annexation of Texas in 1845 and...

A Map of the Towns of Dorchester and Milton, 1831.

This rare and early published survey of the Towns of Dorchester and Milton, Massachusetts was prepared and published to satisfy the 1830 order of the Massachusetts Legislature that each town in the Commonwealth have prepared a survey of its boundaries, roads and interior features. The 1831 Edmund J. Baker survey of these two towns straddling the Neponset River, which serves as the boundary line between them, conveys considerable geographic, economic and historic information about these early Massachusetts towns as of 1830 to 1831. Both 18th and early 19th c. Dorchester and Milton contributed locally manufactured goods to industries elsewhere in...

A Mapp of the Sommer Islands Once Called the Bermudas, c. 1627-1631

This 17th century map of the Sommer Islands, engraved in Amsterdam and importantly published in England "to be sold by George Humble in Pops-head Alley" is the early, rare edition that lists the names of the island's original English settlers and shows their houses, a castle, a church and other buildings throughout the settled lots. A miniature image of the Bermuda islands appears below the map title block where the title and accompanying text is written in both English and Latin. Two engraved shields decorate the lower corners, one showing the embattled ship bound for Virginia, and the other with...

New York Cooper's Society Membership Certificate No. 76, July Seventh, 1794. Jeremiah Dobbs, member. engraved by William Rollinson

The engraver of Jeremiah Dobbs' 1794 New York Cooper's Society Membership Certificate engraves his name "Rollinson Delt. et Sct." This signature compares with William Rollinson's signature on documented American works in 1791, 1792 and 1796. Examples of these works are published in facsimile by his 1931 biographers and exist in institutional collections.1 The Jeremiah Dobbs New York Cooper's Society Membership Certificate of July 7, 1794 is a newly discovered, early American pictorial engraving by William Rollinson, highly regarded in his lifetime as an American silversmith, artist and copper plate engraver.2 This engraving is a complex and highly symbolic work of...

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...

GEORGIA. (1808), Daniel Sturges, Surveyor General (Manuscript)

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 of land acquisition, fraud and government complicity as...

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...