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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 and New York place the millions of acres of the Adirondacks region in context. Dr. Ely's first map, published in 1867 was hailed as the first detailed survey of this mountainous and wild region. This...

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

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 !"

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!"

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...

Newsmap Industrial Edition V-E Day + 3 weeks, Japan

During World War II, the U.S. Government Printing Office published a series of large format newsmaps about overseas battlefields and the role of war related activities at home. This 1945 Newsmap Industrial Edition, published three weeks after V-E Day in Europe, is in essence a 20th century broadside of American war news. The large format piece could have been posted in public places, such as U.S. Post Offices, libraries, town halls and government buildings. The Newsmap could also have been used by U.S. newspapers. This Newsmap is large and has three maps showing the Allied war activity in the Pacific:...

Tunis, Tunisia to Bengasi, Libya SFC 314, WWII Flight Chart, U.S. Army 1945

United States Army, World War II aeronautical chart showing a portion of Tunisia and Libya with pencil notes and other signs of use in service. Many printed and overprinted notations with updated information. Aeronautical Information March 1945. Other notations pertaining to war- time and protecting strategic information such as "Restricted", "Not for Sale or Distribution" and "For Use by War and Navy Department Agencies only."

The reverse of the Chart contains "Emergency Survival Advice" that explains that the greatest risk to the plane's crew is coming down in the desert, where lack of water and extreme temperatures are perils. There...

Bengasi, Libya to Cairo, Egypt FC 67, WWII Flight Chart, U.S. Army 1945

United States Army, World War II aeronautical chart showing Libya and Egypt with signs of use in service. Many printed and overprinted notations with updated information. Aeronautical Information January 1946. Other notations such as "Restricted", "Not for Sale or Distribution" and "For Use by War and Navy Department Agencies only.

The reverse of the Chart contains "Emergency Survival Advice" that explains that the greatest risk to the plane's crew is coming down in the desert, where lack of water and extreme temperatures are perils. There are instructions for water rationing, for the necessity of seeking shade, instructions to travel on...

Marrakech, Morocco to Alger, Algeria No. 64, WWII Flight Chart, U.S. Army 1944

United States Army, World War II aeronautical chart showing a portion of Algeria with pencil notes and other signs of use in service. Many printed and overprinted notations with updated information. Aeronautical Information March 1945. Other notations such as "Restricted", "Not for Sale or Distribution" and "For Use by War and Navy Department Agencies only."

The reverse of the Chart explains that the greatest risk to the crew is coming down in the desert, with instructions for water rationing, seeking shade, only traveling on foot at night and any available protection from the desert sun, with estimates of survival times...

K'Ung-Ming, China to Chabua, India No. 133, WWII Flight Chart U.S. Army 1944

United States Army, World War II aeronautical chart showing a portion of  China and India, with pencil notes and other signs of use in service. Many printed and overprinted notations with updated information. Aeronautical Information November January 1945. Other notations such as "Restricted", "Not for Sale or Distribution" and "For Use by War and Navy Department Agencies only."

This China to India aeronautical chart is part of a larger collection of WWII U.S. Army aeronautical charts of North Africa and one chart showing a portion of Japan, several charts showing areas in India, and this chart showing a region in...

Alger, Algeria to Tripoli, Libya No.65, WWII Flight Chart, U.S. Army 1943

United States Army, World War II aeronautical chart showing a portion of Algeria and Libya with pencil notes and other signs of use in service. Many printed and overprinted notations with updated information. Aeronautical Information March 1945. Other notations pertaining to war time and protecting strategic information such as "Restricted", "Not for Sale or Distribution" and "For Use by War and Navy Department Agencies only."

The reverse of the Chart  contains "Emergency Survival Advice" that explains that the greatest risk to the plane's crew is coming down in the desert where lack of water and extreme temperatures are perils. There...

Panorama of Washington

This elaborately illustrated color lithograph features a decorated portrait of George Washington, below which unfolds the panorama of Washington, D.C. in 28 small pictorial vignettes, a view of the Capitol building with Thomas Crawford's sculpture "Freedom" atop the dome and 3 color vignettes at the foot that include Lady Liberty with two decidedly American putti, a drawing of the Washington Monument and a scene of George Washington crossing the Delaware River.  Charles Magnus & Co. first published this patriotic work at the outset of the U.S. Civil War to celebrate the history of the founding of the United States by...

New York

This bird's eye view of New York City was drawn by artist Hermann Bollmann to celebrate the 1964 New York World's Fair. His drawing of New York City is based on research that included aerial photography done in preparation for this large scale, detailed map of New York. Bollmann emigrated to the United States from Germany where an earlier, 19th century tradition of angled, aerial views of cities could be found in published maps. He introduced the style of an aerial, angled city view with this map that was seen and used by visitors to the 1964 World's Fair in...

Map of the City of Boston, 1910

This detailed street map of the City of Boston and its neighborhoods, that also shows the immediately surrounding towns was published in Boston by Mary Sampson, president of Sampson Publishing Company, a publishing company active in Boston from approximately 1880 to at least 1910. The firm was known as Sampson & Murdock. Sampson was active in the arts and culture of Boston. This detailed Boston map accompanied a Boston street directory produced by William Edwards Murdock and the red numbers on the map correspond to entries and descriptions in that directory. The map was drawn in large scale to permit...