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    EASTERN LANDS. TO THE HONORABLE THE MEMBERS OF THE LEGISLATURE OF MASSACHUSETTS by [Standish, A Descendant of Miles]

    [Boston?, 1820. Broadside, printed in three columns. 9-1/2" x 11". Mild uniform toning. Near Fine. A scarce broadside concerning Maine's separation from Massachusetts. The pseudonymous author warns against Massachusetts' pending sale of unexplored lands in the new State of Maine. "At the end of forty years, Maine will be found to equal her parent state, in agricultural riches... Pause, gentlemen! At least wait till the boundary line is established, and the lands explored; they may contain a treasure far superior to all the mines of Mexico and Peru." American Imprints 1070 [1- NN]. OCLC 77589038 [6] as of February 2018. Not in Williamson, Sabin.


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    A SERMON PREACHED BEFORE THE HONORABLE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, ON THE DAY INTENDED FOR THE CHOICE OF COUNSELLORS, AGREEABLE TO THE ADVICE OF THE CONTINENTAL CONGRESS by Gordon, William

    Watertown: Benjamin Edes, 1775. 29, [1 blank] pp, with the half title. Untrimmed, stitched into modern marbled wrappers. Very Good. Attractive ornament at page 29. Gordon "was a vigorous partisan of independence and in 1775 was made chaplain to both houses of the Provincial Congress assembled at Watertown. Congress possessed great confidence in him and voted him a good horse and access to the prisoners of war...He delivered the election sermon before the General Court on July 19, 1775 [this item]" [DAB]. Likening Americans to the early children of Israel, Gordon-- author of the "first full-scale history of this war by an American" [Howes]-- admonishes those who "tremble at the thoughts of that power with whom we are to contend." Listing America's advantages in the struggle, he says, "God has wonderfully appeared for us, crowning our military operations with unusual success, and disconcerting those of the enemy." The unity of the Colonies, their distance from England, the British debt and "most alarming prospects to the merchant," and our "officers of courage" will win the day. FIRST EDITION. Evans 14073. Newberry Library 235. Adams Independence 168.


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    THE VALIDITY OF PRESBYTERIAN ORDINATION ASSERTED AND MAINTAINED. A DISCOURSE DELIVERED AT THE ANNIVERSARY DUDLEIAN-LECTURE, AT HARVARD- COLLEGE IN CAMBRIDGE NEW-ENGLAND, MAY 12. 1762. WITH AN APPENDIX, GIVING A BRIEF HISTORICAL ACCOUNT OF THE EPISTLES ASCRIBED TO IGNATIUS; AND EXHIBITING SOME OF THE MANY REASONS, WHY THEY OUGHT NOT TO BE DEPENDED ON AS HIS UNCORRUPTED WORKS by Chauncy, Charles

    Boston, 1762. 118pp. Half title present but detached. Disbound. Else Very Good. This is a seminal work, not only in Chauncy's long repertoire of publications, but also in Colonial Americans' struggle to prevent domination by the Episcopal Church and to nurture their own democratic religious institutions. As DAB notes, "Chauncy devoted nine years to contending against Episcopal claims, beginning with his Dudleian Lecture of 1762 [this piece]..." Here he tells his audience, "You are, by this time, at no loss to know the design of the present discourse; that it is to vindicate the New-England churches in their method of ordination..." Unlike the church in England, where people "scarce know what it is to have pastors of their own chusing...the New-England churches, blessed be God, possess and exercise the right of electing their pastors in the most ample manner of any in the whole christian world. May they ever 'stand fast in this liberty'...!" FIRST EDITION. Evans 9089. Sabin 12331. ESTC W29647.


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    Provincetown Harbor by HARRIS, George

    Philadelphia. unbound. very good(+). Map. Lithograph. Image measures 5.5" x 6.5", sheet measures 7.5" x 11". In very good condition. From U.S. Coast Survey Chart No. 10, plate 35 from the U.S. Geographic Survey, Thirteenth Annual Report by J.W. Powell (Washington D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1793).


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    UNITED STATES HOTEL. LOCATED AT THE TERMINATION OF THE NORWICH, WORCESTER & WESTERN RAIL ROADS.. by R.W. Holman & Co

    [Boston]: R.W. Holman & Co., 1842. Broadside, 7-1/2" x 7-1/2". Engraved illustration of the Hotel and 'Plan of the City of Boston,' with 33 annotated highlights of the City. Old folds, Very Good plus. "The above New and Commodious House is the largest in New England, containing 380 Rooms, as well furnished as any Public House in this Country...Warm, cold and shower BATHS fresh and salt water always in readiness... First rate CARRIAGES, CABS, CHAISES AND SADDLE HORSES, furnished at short notice." OCLC 45476018 [2- CT State Lib., U VA] [as of May 2015].


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    Framed Inscribed Photograph by RICHARD CARDINAL CUSHING (1895 - 1970)

    1960. unbound. Extraordinary Fabian Bachrach presentation sepia matte photograph, 9.25 x 7.25 inches -- a full-body image depicting the Cardinal in religious attire with his hands grasping his cross, no place, no date, circa 1960. Inscribed on the mount: "Mrs. G. Stanley Wood with affection and blessings, Richard Cardinal Cushing." Fabian Bachrach ownership and copyright symbol at the bottom right-hand margin. Set in a burgundy and gold frame measuring 14.75 x 11.75 inches. Fine condition. American prelate of the Roman Catholic Church who served as Archbishop of Boston from 1944 to 1970, and was created Cardinal in 1958.


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    STATE OF MASSACHUSETTS-BAY. IN THE YEAR OF OUR LORD ONE THOUSAND SEVEN HUNDRED AND SEVENTY-SEVEN. AN ACT, FOR APPORTIONING AND ASSESSING A TAX OF ONE HUNDRED AND ONE THOUSAND EIGHT HUNDRED AND SEVENTY ONE POUNDS, ONE SHILLING AND TWO PENCE HALF-PENNY, UPON THE SEVERAL TOWNS AND OTHER PLACES IN THIS STATE, HEREIN AFTERNAMED, FOR DEFREYING THE PUBLIC CHARGE.. by [Massachusetts]

    [Boston: Printed by Benjamin Edes, 1777. Folio. Caption title [as issued], untrimmed. Pages [1], 5, 5, 6-9, [1 blank]. Two rubberstamps in margin of first page. Very Good. This scarce Act, passed to help Massachusetts pay for the War, was passed January 27, 1777. Opposite pages 2-5 have duplicate numbering. The Act assesses the tax by County and Town, to help Massachusetts pay for the Revolution. Certain members of the Continental Army are exempted from the tax. FIRST EDITION. Evans 16839. NAIP w033193 [5].


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    Typed Letter Signed about child labor laws by ELIOT, Charles W. (1834 - 1926)

    Cambridge, MA, 1910. unbound. 2 pages, 11 x 8.5 inches, Cambridge, MA, March 3, 1910. This letter, which includes one holograph correction, was written to a descendant of Elbridge Gerry regarding a challenge to a Massachusetts law prohibiting children under 14 from working on the stage, in part: "I am much obliged to you for sedning [sic] me your article on the 'Children of the Stage'...it covers the ground admirably and undoubtedly has produced many salutary effects on law and custom..." Horizontal and vertical folds; near fine condition. American academic who became the president of Harvard in 1869.


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    DEBATES, RESOLUTIONS AND OTHER PROCEEDINGS; OF THE CONVENTION OF THE COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS, CONVENED AT BOSTON, ON THE 9TH OF JANUARY 1788, AND CONTINUED UNTIL THE 7TH OF FEBRUARY FOLLOWING, FOR THE PURPOSE OF ASSENTING TO AND RATIFYING THE CONSTITUTION RECOMMENDED BY THE GRAND FEDERAL CONVENTION. TOGETHER WITH THE YEAS AND NAYS ON THE DECISION OF THE GRAND QUESTION. TO WHICH THE FEDERAL CONSTITUTION IS PREFIXED by [Massachusetts]

    Boston: Printed and sold by Adams and Nourse, in Court-Street; and Benjamin Russell, and Edmund Freeman, in State-Street, 1788. 219, [1 blank] pp, as issued. Followed by contemporary ink manuscript index on four succeeding blank pages. Bound in modern quarter calf and marbled boards. Light to moderate foxing, Good+. An early printing of the proposed Constitution appears at pages 3-19, followed by the Resolution of Submission and the Letter to Congress dated September 17, 1787, the day on which the delegates signed the Constitution. The Debates and other proceedings, commencing January 9, 1788, begin at page 23, and are reported in detail. Included are, not only the yeas and nays, but also the debates and speeches [summarized in varying degrees] of the delegates. Hancock, Adams, Gerry, Ames, King, Sedgwick, Minot, and other luminaries participated in one of the most thoughtful recorded discussions on the foundations of a just republican society, the nature of good government, and the means of protecting citizens against its encroachments. Massachusetts ratified the Constitution on February 6, 1788, proposing amendments that would explicitly guarantee the reserved rights of the States, trial by jury, and other protections. The minority's concerns-- about the absence of a Bill of Rights, the overshadowing of local governments-- and their final gracious assent to the ultimate verdict against them, are also reported here. FIRST EDITION. Evans 21242. JCB 3207. II Gephart 9607. II Harv. Law Cat. 80.


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    SUBMISSION TO THE PROVIDENCE OF GOD, A CHRISTIAN DUTY. A SERMON PREACH'D SEPTEMBER 15, 1782, ON OCCASION OF THE DEATH OF CYRUS WOODWARD, WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE SEPTEMBER 10, 1782, AETATIS 19. DELIVERED THE LORD'S-DAY AFTER HIS INTERMENT by Woodward, Samuel

    Boston, Commonwealth of Massachusetts: Printed by T. & J. Fleet, 1783. [4], ii, 18 pp, with the half title [loose, rubberstamp on blank portion]. Disbound. Good+, with the ownership signature "Rev. Mr. Jackson" at top margin of half title. "Publication of the sermon was occasioned by the death of Samuel Woodward" [ESTC]. The Preface by Reverend Jacob Cushing, dated from Waltham 14 January 1783, laments the death of "your excellent pastor." Son Cyrus died on September 10, 1782; Samuel died soon thereafter. "The same raging Fever, that carried off the Son, put an end the valuable life of the Father, Oct. 5, 1782. Aet. 56." Evans 18315.


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    THE EXCELLENCY OF THE GOSPEL-MESSAGE; WITH THE DUTY AND DIGNITY OF THE MESSENGERS OF CHRIST. A SERMON PREACHED AT THE EAST PRECINCT IN YARMOUTH, JUNE 22. 1727. AT THE ORDINATION OF THE REVEREND JOSIAH DENNIS, M.A. by Wigglesworth, Samuel

    Boston: Printed for D. Henchman, 1727. [4], 28 pp, with the half title [which is loose]. Light rubberstamp at blank portion of half title. Disbound, Good+. Wigglesworth opposed unbridled evangelism, the Great Awakening, and Reverend Whitefield. "If Ministers are God's Messengers [as we have heard] then let them wait for those Divine Orders that make them so. It becomes them not presumptuously to invade the sacred Office, and run before the Lord sends them. They must obey the Call of Providence, and stay until they be duly qualified, and regularly inducted and authorized." Evans 2976. ESTC W32191 [6 locations as of May 2018].


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    THREE FUNERAL SERMONS PREACH'D AT CAMBRIDGE, UPON THE DEATH OF THE REVEREND & LEARNED, MR. JOHN LEVERETT, LATE PRESIDENT OF HARVARD-COLLEGE by [Leverett, John]

    [Boston: Printed by B. Green, for S. Gerrish, 1724. [2], [2], 24, [2], 25, [1 blank], [2], 36 pp [as issued, except that this copy lacks a final blank]. The general title page is followed by three sermons, paginated individually but signed consecutively. Rubberstamp at upper blank portion of general title page, small release stamp at blank bottom margin of last page. Top margin trimmed closely, occasionally shaving small portion of running title. Light wear, disbound, Good+. A very scarce, early American imprint. NAIP, recording only five locations, corrects Evans's cataloguing of the three sermons as separate imprints. They include Benjamin Wadsworth's 'Surviving Servants of God...'; Benjamin Colman's 'The Master Taken Up From the Sons of the Prophets'; and Nathanael Appleton's 'A Great Man Falleth in Israel.' NAIP says they were "Not issued separately." Church could "find no record of all three bound together, except possibly the copy in the Massachusetts Historical Society's Library." Leverett was Harvard's first secular president; he served from 1708 until his 1724 death. Church 896. NAIP w028094 [5]. Evans 2500, 2514, 2591.


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    OF THE PASTORAL CARE: A SERMON PREACHED TO THE REVEREND MINISTERS OF THE PROVINCE OF THE MASSACHUSETTS-BAY IN NEW-ENGLAND, AT THEIR ANNUAL CONVENTION IN BOSTON, ON MAY 27. 1762. AND NOW PUBLISHED AT THEIR REQUEST by Mather, Samuel

    Boston, New-England: Printed by Thomas and John Fleet, 1762. 31, [1 blank] pp, with the half title. Disbound, light scattered spotting. Old rubberstamp on blank verso of title page. Good+. The son of Cotton Mather, Samuel was pastor of the North Church in Boston. His Sermon discusses the early years of the Church and counsels, "The faithful Pastor will most carefully Watch against the Introduction of Innovations into the Churches. Some are too fond of These; and not only plead for them as indifferent Things, but recommend them as Decencies and Ornaments in Religion." Evans 9187. Holmes, Minor Mathers 79. ESTC W16940.


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    Autographed Letter Signed by Andrew Jackson's Postmaster General by KENDALL, Amos (1789 - 1869)

    1834. unbound. 10 x 8 inches, no place, July 26, 1834. This letter mentions Daniel Webster and a memorial in Boston. Second signature of Kendall on verso and remnant of wax seal on front and verso. Two-inch tear along one of the natural folds; still very good condition. Kendall was one of the most important members of Andrew Jackson's cabinet. He personally prepared the veto papers ending Jackson's war on the Bank of the United States. During the Civil War he supported Lincoln as a vigorous Democrat.


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    SYNOPSIS OF BUSINESS RULES OF THE N. YORK & BOSTON TELEGRAPH OFFICES by Smith, Francis O.J

    Portland [ME]: L.W. Fenley, Printer, 112 Middle Street, 1846. Broadside, 8" x 11-1/4". Text within an attractive ornamental border. Light margin wear and soil, untrimmed. Matted, with top edge glued. Very Good. The broadside issued from the Telegraph Office at 26 Washington Street, Boston, on August 1, 1846. Smith signs at the end in type. The text includes a table, entitled, 'Synoptical Tariff on Ten Words or Less,' for the cities of Boston, Worcester, Springfield, Hartford, New Haven, Bridgeport, and New York. The 'Telegraph Alphabet' is also printed, along with eleven Rules. Smith and Samuel F.B. Morse engaged in years of litigation and mutual destruction over patent rights to the telegraph. "Of all [Morse's] enemies Francis Ormond Jonathan Smith, a former Congressman from Maine, who had championed Morse in Congress and had become one of his partners, proved the most unscrupulous and implacable, pursuing the inventor even to his death-bed." XIII DAB 250. OCLC 82105126 [1- AAS] as of May 2018. Not in American Imprints, Sabin, Eberstadt.


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    Worcester Bankbook. From Country Barter to County Bank. 1804 / 1966 by Tymeson, Mildred McClary

    Worcester, MA: Worcester County National Bank, 1966. First edition. Cloth. Fine in a near fine dj.. 183 pp. Illus. Sm. 4to. Bank and local history.


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    THE CONSTITUTION, OR FRAME OF GOVERNMENT, FOR THE COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS, AGREED ON BY THE DELEGATES OF THE PEOPLE, IN CONVENTION, BEGUN AND HELD AT CAMBRIDGE ON THE FIRST OF SEPTEMBER, 1779, AND CONTINUED, BY ADJOURNMENTS, TO THE SECOND DAY OF MARCH, 1780, AFTERWARDS RATIFIED BY THE PEOPLE, AND TOOK PLACE ON THE 25TH DAY OF OCTOBER, 1780. THE FIRST WORCESTER EDITION by [Massachusetts]

    Worcester: Isaiah Thomas, 1787. 12mo. 107, [1 blank] pp. Original calf [rubbed], rebacked. Very Good. Inscription in ink manuscript on second front free endpaper: "For Mr. William Hambley from his obliged and gratefully affectionate friend John Murray. Gloucester Octr. 10 1791." John Murray, the founder of the Universalist denomination in America, lived in Gloucester at this time. The Isaiah Thomas printing of the 1780 Constitution written by John Adams, a fine example of the American insistence on limited government, separation of governmental powers, and each branch of government controlled by checks and balances. Replacing the colonial charter, it was "drafted by the first body which could rightfully be called a constitutional convention" in Massachusetts [V Dictionary of American History 166]. "Of the original thirteen states only Massachusetts has avoided the necessity of wholesale revision of her constitution. Her 1780 document, while extensively amended, still serves her." [Id. at 167]. It served as the model for other States. Its 'Free and Equal Clause' was of profound importance: "by making the status of slave property uncertain, the Massachusetts Constitution of 1780 may have had more to do with the withering away of slavery in the state than did the decisions in the Walker-Jennison cases" [II Gephart 10385]. Evans 20512. Not in Cohen.


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    Paul's Bridge. Reprinted from the Dedham Historical Register, Vol. I, No. 4, (October, 1890) by Jenney, Charles F

    n.p.: n.p., 1890. Offprint. Stitched. Stitching loose, edges a bit worn with a few tears, top edge unopened, fore edge and bottom untrimmed, a good+ copy.. 7 pp. Illus. with one b/w drawing (lithograph). 8vo. The lithograph was made from a pen and ink sketch drawn by Henry Hitchings in September, 1890, from a photograph taken the month prior.


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    A PLAIN AND BRIEF REHEARSAL OF THE OPERATIONS OF CHRIST AS GOD by [Seccombe, Joseph]

    Boston: Printed and Sold by S. Kneeland and T. Green, 1740. [2], 1, [1], 1-23. [1] pp. Lacking the half title. Light to moderate spotting, bound into modern wrappers. Good plus. Seccombe [1706-1760] was a Missionary to the Indians of New England. The Edinburgh Society for Propagating Christian Knowledge Among the Indians, under the supervision of Reverend Benjamin Colman, engaged him in 1731 to "Christianize" the Indians of Maine. Seccombe dedicates this pamphlet to Colman. Evans 4595. Sabin 78698. ESTC W27637.


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    The Charles by Tourtellot, Arthur Bernon

    New York: National Travel Club, 1941. First edition. A very good+ copy. No dust jacket.. 356 pp. Illus. with b/w drawings and maps. 8vo. The Rivers of America. Limited Boston edition # 404, signed by author.


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    JESUS WEEPING OVER HIS DEAD FRIEND, AND WITH HIS FRIENDS IN THEIR MOURNING. A SERMON PREACHED THE LORD'S-DAY AFTER THE FUNERAL OF THE REVEREND MR. WILLIAM COOPER, ONE OF THE PASTORS OF THE CHURCH IN BRATTLE-STREET, BOSTON. WHO DIED DECEMBER 13. 1743. AETAT. 50. BY DR. COLMAN, SENIOR PASTOR OF SAID CHURCH by Colman, Benjamin

    Boston: Printed by Rogers and Fowle, for J. Edwards in Cornhill, 1744. [2], viii, [1], 6-45, [1 blank] pp. Lacking the half title, else Very Good. Stitched into modern plain blue wrappers. Contemporary ownership signature, 'Elizabeth Gray.' Beautiful type ornamentation. Colman was Senior Pastor of the Brattle Street church, one of the most prolific and best known of 18th century sermonizers and ministers, and "a strong believer in the evangelistic movement known as the Great Awakening" [DAB]. This sermon is taken from John XI. 35: "Jesus wept." He describes the character of Cooper, emphasizing that Cooper too was moved by the Great Awakening. Evans 5367. Sabin 14495.


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    Upton's Heritage: by Johnson, Donald Blake

    Canaan, NH:: Phoenix ,, 1984.. Hardcover. Near Fine in Good DJ. 267 pp., 8vo. Hardcover in dj. W/ maps in unopened envelope laid in. Illustrated w/ b&w photos. Some light soiling to boards. Binding sturdy. Faint foxing to textblock edges. Pgs clean & crisp. Edgewear to dj; price clipped to front flap.


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    VOICE AROUND THE JAIL. VOL. I. NO. 2 by Brown, Sylvanus

    Essex County, Mass., 1843. Folio sheet folded to 10-1/4" x 15". Old folds, some spotting. Good+. An idiosyncratic preacher, Sylvanus Brown was arrested in Rockport for disturbing the peace at the Union Meeting House, a church which once had served Universalists but now excluded them. He was convicted "by a jury darkened by one sided and false testimony, against him, by not being permitted to be heard after his own manner..." Brown claimed he was merely seeking a seat peaceably at the assembly when he was assaulted and arrested. His story of the trial appears here, along with imprecations against "the subtle craft of wicked party priests, associated for the purposes of power and dominion." He denounces the "hypocrites" of the "proud, dark, seizing, fighting, pushing, shoving, dragging, pinching, kicking, sueing, swearing jailing church of Anti-Christ in Rockport." OCLC 9329448 [4- 2 at AAS; Boston Pub., Peabody-Essex] as of August 2018.


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    DISTRICT NO. 9. BOLTING FREE SOILERS by Free Soiler, A

    Taunton [MA], 1850. Broadside, 9-1/4" x 17-1/2". Printed in three columns separated by a rule. Signed and dated in type at the end. A couple of blotches at the blank upper margin, else Very Good. The broadside scolds Free Soil men who rejected their Convention's nomination of Orin Fowler for Congress, and hence "bolted" the Party. No justification exists to oppose Fowler, who has courageously arrayed himself against Daniel Webster's flirtations with the Slave Power. Fowler is "fully and radically Free Soil." Purists who oppose Fowler because he was not a Free Soil man in the 1830s are foolish; opposition may "seriously injure your party." Not in Sabin, LCP, Dumond. OCLC 48405012 [2- MA Hist. Soc., Brown], 210310696 [1- AAS] as of March 2018.


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    Recens Edita totius Novi Belgii, in America Septentrionali siti by LOTTER, Tobias Conrad

    Augsburg: LOTTER, Tobias Conrad. unbound. Map. Engraving with hand coloring. Image measures 19.5" x 22.5". Page measures 20.25" x 23". This highly decorated map of New England offers a fascinating portrait of colonialism in the middle of the 18th century. The map itself shows the area from the Canadian border down to Virginia as a land of plenty, lush with forests and most notably with wildlife. Scattered illustrations of animals of all types including birds, moose, bears, and rodents comprise the fauna of the New World. Appearing as the residents of the colonies, these animals visually displace the actual residents Native Americans who appear, instead, in the title cartouche at the bottom of the map. In this illustration, American Indians and African slaves carry wheat, barrels of tobacco, and other commodities to Hermes, Athena, and Hera, who are waiting on the hand of the English King, George II. Set above a 17th-century bird's eye view of New York City that serves as a reminder of the city's Dutch heritage, the cartouche illustrates both the motor and mechanism of colonial growth during this time period. Hand-colored for visual emphasis, the colonies on this fourth state of the map are updated from earlier versions, although the spelling of Boston as Briston remains. All in all, this map is a stunning image of colonial America in more ways than one. The map is in very good condition with slight chips to the lower margins not affecting the image, minimal wear to centerfold, some staining and minor foxing. Otherwise a vibrant copy. Tobias Conrad Lotter was a German mapmaker based in Augsburg. His work dates to the revival of mapmaking in 18th century Germany that was spurred in large part by the work of Matthäus Seutter. Lotter, who married Seutter's daughter, worked on behalf of the Seutter firm as a master engraver and took over half of the printing house upon Seutter's death. His individual work, combined with his republication of Seutter's maps under his own imprint, allowed Lotter to match, if not surpass, his predecessor's reputation as one of the most prominent German cartographers of the period.


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