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Map of the Rocky Mountain Region Showing Forest Areas and Irrigation Ditches in 1885.

The purpose of this early U.S. Forestry Division map of the Rocky Mountain Area forests is to map the forests and early irrigation channels in the multi-state region including Idaho, New Mexico, Utah, Colorado, Wyoming and Part of Nevada as of 1885. The map shows the forests in bright green and a small veined network of canals off of major rivers are printed in red. Townships are shown on the map as well as the range grid. Mountains and plateaus are labeled and shown graphically but not including elevations.

The Native American tribes are shown on the 1885 map located...

Haro and Rosario Straits, Surveyed by Capt. G.H. Richards & The Officers of H.M.S. Plumper, 1858-9

This 19th c. English Admiralty chart, with corrections to 1865, documents the contested border through the Pacific Ocean straits on the North American West Coast between the United States and Canada, off of the coast of Washington State.  The geography and nautical location currently is known as the Haro Strait (Canada) and the Rosario Strait (United States). The chart has two seller's marks that add to its historical interest. The first seller's label in the form of a blue ink stamp on the front of the chart is of  "Charles Pace, Chronometer Maker" who relocated from London to San Francisco...

A Map of the Province of Pensilvania Drawn from the Best Authorities 1756

Printed for the London Magazine, this 18th c. map of the English Province of Pensilvania shows the Province  when "The Northern Boundary of Pensilvania is not yet settled" and regions belonging to Native Americans are identified, such as the Delawares, Nanticokes and Tuteloes.  English towns are located on the map indicated by a circle. The engraver's "Explanation" only has a symbol for Indian Towns, Roads and Trading Paths. Provincial boundaries are drawn with dotted lines.

The map has both a decorative cartouche and a vignette likely of the Delaware River showing a three-masted schooner and small sailboats , with views...

A Map of Virginia and Maryland, 1756

            This scarce 18th century map, A Map of Virginia and Maryland, 1756, was published in London in at least two editions, of which this is the first. It appeared in a book titled A Compendium of Authentic and Entertaining Voyages, vol. 3, p. 125 and is based on an earlier map by Fry & Jefferson of 1753.  Geographic features graphically dominate the map, with the "Blue Ridge Peaks" shown in relief graphically along with the Allagany Mountains. The "spring head" of the Patowmack River is labeled near "Lawrel Thickets" that must have been a considerable area to appear on...

Map of the Town of Ellsworth Hancock Co. Maine 1855

E.M. Woodford’s  rare, large scale, illustrated 1855 wall map of Ellsworth, the county seat of Hancock County, Maine, based on the 1854 survey of D.S. Osborn, captures Ellsworth as a thriving town near the height of its industrial strength in shipbuilding and manufacturing.  The detailed wall map of Ellsworth presents the civic and geographic character of the 55 year old town. Hancock County, a rural but resource rich region,  poured its resources into Ellsworth as the county seat for local consumption and export. Remarkably, in 1855 there are yet no railroads in Hancock County and much of this commerce was...

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...