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621Structural members of an 17h century French ship-of-the-lineDetailsArnaves, J.1683
Naval Architecture- Pieces of an First Rate French Warship circa 1683
Arnaves, J.
$2,600.00Arnaves--J-Naval-Architecture--Pieces-of-an-First-Rate-French-Warship-circa-1683Highly interesting and very rare graphical parts diagram of all the pieces used in the construction of a French first-rate ship-of-the line, including structural members. This is an antique original copperplate engraved print dated within to 1683. Attribution at bottom left is to the creator "J. Arnave fec(it)" but the original inspiration for the work is attributed within an inset to Francois Coullomb: "Faict a Toulon dans lescolle de la construction par Francois Coullomb Fitz avec permission 1683." <br></br> The original usage of the diagram by Coullomb was as a large wall chart for students at the royal shipyard at Toulon, France. Includes ( in French ) the name, count, and size of each piece. The pieces shown include frames, longitudinals, knees, bitts, grates, masts, capstans, ladders, cannon, anchors, rudder, and numerous decorative trim. <br></br> This work was probably bound into a copy of Henri Sbonski de Passebon's "Plan de Plusieurs Batiments de Mer avec leurs Proportions" a volume of engravings dedicated to late 17th century nautical architecture. <br></br> Published from Toulon, France, the home to the regular French naval forces ( Vaisseaux ).
306Coupe d'une galere avec ses proportions by Sbonski de PassebonDetailsHenri Sbonski de Passebon1690
Coupe d'une galere avec ses proportions
Henri Sbonski de Passebon
$1,400.00Henri-Sbonski-de-PassebonCoupe-d-une-galere-avec-ses-proportions"Coupe d'une galere avec ses proportions" is one of a series of 17 antique folio-sized copperplate engravings created ca. 1690 by <strong>French galley Captain Henry Sbonski de Passebon.</strong> Scarce cutaway print of a standard late <strong>17th century French galley</strong> (galère, Fr.) with a detailed legend of parts (in French). Below the galley is a representation of the keel-form at the shipyard on which the keel was apparently built up. Very scarce. <BR> </BR> <a style="color:#9BAFCB" rel="nofollow" href= "/SbonskiPassebonBackground.aspx">View all Sbonski de Passebon engravings</a> <BR> </BR> Engraved by Barthelemy Chasse, the collection of nautical architecture plates was first published from Marseille where, in the late 17th century the arsenal was home port to the galley service of Louis XIV. This is the only plate in the volume engraved by Chasse. All other plates were engraved by Claude Randon. <BR> </BR> De Passebon was stationed at Marseilles as a Lieutenant in the Corps des Galeres during the period that he produced the drawings from which these plates were engraved. <BR> </BR> Attribution at bottom left: "Randon delineauit et sculpsit cura D'ni de Passebon Equitis" <BR></BR>Royal privilege at bottom right: "Marsiliae cum privilegio Regis" <BR></BR>Seller's attribution: <strong>"Se vendent a Marseilles chez Laurent Bremond sur le port au Coin de reboul"</strong> (Sold by Laurent Bremond from the port [Marseille] at the corner of Reboul [street].)
619Antique cutaway view of an 18th century French ship-of-the-lineDetailsHenri Sbonski de Passebon1690
Antique 17th Century Cutaway View of French Admiral's Flagship
Henri Sbonski de Passebon
$750.00Henri-Sbonski-de-PassebonAntique-17th-Century-Cutaway-View-of-French-Admiral-s-FlagshipAntique and scarce 1690 cutaway architectural view of a French Admiral's flagship of 104 cannons. Bernard Quaritch's Catalog No. 229. <sup>1 </sup> attributes the engraving's design to French galley Captain Henri Sbonski de Passebon and the engraving to Claude Randon in de Passebon's "Plans de Plusieurs Batiments de Mer avec leurs Proportions". <br></br> This highly detailed plate is one of 17 folio-sized antique copperplate engravings in that work which included a similar cutaway of a oared galley. Engraved by Claude Randon, the volume of nautical architecture plates was first published from Marseille where, in the late 17th century the arsenal was home port to the galley service of Louis XIV.<br></br> <sup>1 </sup> Quaritch, Bernard. "Catalogue of Works on the Fine Arts offered at the net prices affixed, By Bernard Quaritch." London, 1904.
448Antique engravings of large French mortars or cannonDetailsBenard, Robert1770
Fonte des Canons
Benard, Robert
$875.00Benard--RobertFonte-des-CanonsA fine gift for anyone with an interest in engineering, weaponry, or European history. A scarce pair (2) of archivally-matted antique copperplate engravings by Robert Benard depicting large mortars ca. 1738. In the early 18th century a mortar was essentially a squat, wide tube with very thick walls to withstand high pressure. <br></br> <img src="/ZoomifyImages/SC_309/SC_309_400x300.jpg" alt="de Passebon: Bomb Ketch. 1690." width="200" align="bottom" style="margin: 5px 10px 5px 0px"> </BR> <a href="" target="_blank">The 'Galiote a bombe' </a>(bomb vessel or bomb ketch) pictured inset is an antique engraving in our inventory created ca. 1690 by French galley Captain Henry Sbonski de Passebon (1637-1705). Either one or two mortars were usually placed aboard a bomb vessel which could be one of two types of vessels, either a specially built ketch (ketch: a two-masted, fore-and-aft-rigged sailboat with a mizzenmast smaller than the foremast) or, as is the case here, a converted three-masted vessel where the foremast had been removed, to provide a good deck space forward for the mortars. <BR> </BR> As a Captain in France's Corps des Galere, de Passebon was intimately familiar with this type ship and he is reported to have participated during the French bombardment of Genoa in 1684 , aboard the "la Perle" . </BR> The cannon are decorated with crown and globe containing three fleur-de-lis, figures representing the French royal coat of arms in the eighteenth century. From Diderot's "Encyclopédie ou Dictionnaire raisonné des sciences, des arts et des métiers, par une Société de Gens de lettres. Total dimensions with mat about 16.5" W x 19.5" H. Mat approx 5" per side. "Benard direxit".
6460Nautical engineering views of a large three-deck ship-of-the-line.DetailsHeck, Georg1849
Antique plans for a three-decked warship ship-of-the-line.
Heck, Georg
$140.00Heck--GeorgAntique-plans-for-a-three-decked-warship-ship-of-the-line-Original, antique maritime architectural views of a large three-deck ship-of-the-line. This antique print is full of nautical renderings including a plan of the hull contour; an elevation view showing side framing; a cutaway showing bottom-deck framing plan; a stowage plan view; and numerous smaller details related to naval architecture. <br><br>Steel-plate engraving.
6459Triple-decked ship-of-the-line and some of the riggingDetailsHeck, Georg1851
19th-century engraving sailing ship and rigging
Heck, Georg
$140.00Heck--Georg19th-century-engraving-sailing-ship-and-riggingSteel-plate line engraving depicting a triple-decked ship-of-the-line and some of the rigging and equipment with special emphasis on blocks, tackle, and armament. From Georg Heck's "Iconographic Encyclopedia" published by Rudolph Garrigue in New York in 1851. Cool!
2543Scarce blueprint of the Back Bay area in Boston, Mass.DetailsFuller and Whitney1885
Antique manuscript surveyor's trace of Boston's Charlesgate East area
Fuller and Whitney
$550.00Fuller-and-WhitneyAntique-manuscript-surveyor-s-trace-of-Boston-s-Charlesgate-East-areaOriginal manuscript cadastral ink trace on tracing cloth from September 22, 1885 providing plan detail for a portion of the Boston Back Bay on Beacon and Marlborough streets west of Massachusetts Avenue and east of Charlesgate East. This trace would have been used as the reproducible artifact to create one or more blueprints, then a new reprographic technology. <a href="" target="_blank">Matches this original blueprint </a> in our stock. <br></br> With Fuller & Whitney's ink oval over stamp. MS number in pencil at bottom right: "1277". <br></br> </div> The area for this manuscript plan in Boston, Massachusetts is bounded on three sides by the Charles River, West Chester Park (now Massachusetts Avenue) and Ipswich Street (now Charlesgate East). Verso is blank. <br></br>
6519West Chester Park (Harvard) Bridge planning studies.DetailsFuller and Whitney1885
Charles River Basin and Harvard Bridge Economic Studies
Fuller and Whitney
$900.00Fuller-and-WhitneyCharles-River-Basin-and-Harvard-Bridge-Economic-StudiesManuscript surveyors-trace economic option studies for road approaches and the proposed West Chester Park Bridge (now, Harvard Bridge, MIT Bridge, or Massachusetts Avenue Bridge). Eight surveyors' trace documents to support civil engineering and economic options for the placement of the Harvard Bridge, spanning the Charles River between Boston and Cambridge, Massachusetts. General plans for the new bridge were approved in July 1887; the bridge opened in September 1891. <br><br> The lot consists of eight MS pen and ink traces (for blueprint production) consisting of two base maps of Boston and Cambridge as well as six MS trace sheets with street and bridge options. The two base maps show the Charles River Basin with the existing West Boston Bridge (Longfellow Bridge) and road network. One map has much greater detail on street names and improved larger lettering. <br><br> Six map overlays:<br> <div class="indenttextblocksingle"> <ul style="list-style-type: circle;"> <li>No 1. Shows the proposed new route as well as text and tabular information for the gain or loss of time over the proposed new route.</li> <li>No. 2 Shaded area shows lands of the Charles River Embankment Company (proposed Esplanade), proposed approaches to the Charles River Esplanade and proposed West Chester Park Bridge (aka Harvard Bridge)</li> <li>No. 3 Approaches for the proposed West Chester Park Bridge (east of the final location)</li> <li>No. 4 Second option. Bridge located at West Chester (aka Massachusetts Avenue) but terminated slightly more to the east.</li> <li>No. 5 Third option. Bridge at West Chester, and a proposed wide avenue extending to the end of Commonwealth in Cambridge.</li> <li>No. 6 Fourth option. No Esplanade </li> </ul> </div> Scale 1650 feet to one inch.
2541Scarce blueprint of the Back Bay area in Boston, Mass.DetailsFuller and Whitney1886
Antique blueprint plan of Boston near Huntington and Massachusetts Avenues
Fuller and Whitney
$300.00Fuller-and-WhitneyAntique-blueprint-plan-of-Boston-near-Huntington-and-Massachusetts-AvenuesOriginal cadastral blueprint plan from Jan. 1, 1886 of a portion of the Boston' Back Bay east of Massachusetts Avenue. The area includes the current location of the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra at 236 Huntington Ave. In the upper portion of the plan an artifact of the blueprint process reveals where a piece of lint or vegetation landed between the surveyor's trace and blueprint paper during exposure of the paper to sunlight. <br></br> The area for this blueprint in Boston, Massachusetts is bounded on three sides by Falmouth Street, West Chester Park (now Massachusetts Avenue) and St. Botolph Street. Verso is blank. Sheet is labeled "M".
6687 Landscape plan by F. L.  Olmstead for Linwood in Lynn, Mass.DetailsOlmsted, F. L. and Company1889
F.L. Olmsted heliotype landscape plan Linwood Lynn Massachusetts
Olmsted, F. L. and Company
$875.00Olmsted--F--L--and-CompanyF-L--Olmsted-heliotype-landscape-plan-Linwood-Lynn-MassachusettsRare finely-detailed heliotype (1) plat and landscape plan by Frederick Law Olmsted for the Linwood development, in Lynn, Massachusetts, 1889. WorldCat lists only one copy, at Harvard. Heliotype Printing Co., Boston. R.R. Jones, del. <br><br> <div class="indenttextblocksingle"> "John Charles and Frederick Law Olmsted developed the Linwood subdivision on the estate of Philip Tapley, a hilltop property with views of striking features like Breed’s Pond and Lynn Harbor. With the site's steep topography, the pair faced challenges and had to make strategic design choices to maximize space on the hilltop plateaus. Plans show that roughly 218 lots were mapped to house large single-family homes. Unfortunately, Linwood was never developed (1). <br> </div> <br> In 1889, F. L. Olmsted designed Linwood, a neighborhood in Lynn, Massachusetts. The Linwood neighborhood was a unique project at the time, as it was one of the earliest examples of a planned suburban community. Olmsted was hired by the developers of the Linwood project, the Lynn Land Company, to design the landscape and street plan for the neighborhood. Olmsted's plan for Linwood included winding streets, spacious lots, and plenty of green space. He also designed a park in the center of the neighborhood, which he called "The Park at Linwood." <br><br> September, 1889. F. L. Olmstead & Co. Landscape Architects. Brookline, Mass. 1889. and Isaac K. Harris, Engineer. Lynn, Mass. <br><br>
4801A rare 19th-century cyanotype folk-art advertisement.DetailsRathbun, Frank A.1890
Early Cyanotype Advertisement for Rathbun's Wagon Jack and Wrenches
Rathbun, Frank A.
$560.00Rathbun--Frank-A-Early-Cyanotype-Advertisement-for-Rathbun-s-Wagon-Jack-and-WrenchesA rare 19th-century <b>cyanotype print folk-art advertisement</b> ca. 1890 for F.A. Rathbun's wagon jack and wrenches. No other copy of any advertisement for Rathbun or his equipment is found online. The blueprint (cyanotype) photographic process, invented in 1842, was not adopted widely as a business document reproduction technology until after 1880. <br></br> With two cartoon-like drawings illustrating the "Worst Way" and the "Best Way" to change a wheel on a buggy or wagon (no mention of automobiles). The best way according to the author is Rathbun's Wagon Jack and Wrenches. Compliments of F.A. Rathbun Beloit, Wisconsin. <br></br> With an additional 3" x 7" cyanotype print of a large wrench labeled "F.A. Rathbun Beloit Wis." <br></br> The ad copy reads: <div class="indenttextblock"> "Compliments of F.A. RATHBUN. BELOIT WIS. Manufactuer [sic] of his celebrated Wagon Jacks & Wrenches. By the use of which any one can grease thier [sic] wagon or buggy in less then one half the time required by the use of any other jack and wrench in the market without soiling hands or clothes. The pecular [sic] construction of the jack and manner in which it is used, recommmends its-self to all who know the trouble usually experienced with all jacks that have to be used under the buggy. This is the only jack that can be used at the end of the axle so that the wheel can be slid out on it for support. The 'wrench' also recommends itself to all who would avoid geting [sic] themselves greasy and dirty or straws and dirt on the nut to be scraped off or remain on to wear out the spindle. It is always ready. Never slips, and is quickly and easily operated. All who have used them recommed [sic] them to others. Liberal discount, to the trade and agents." </div> In April 1887 Frank A. Rathbun a machinist of Beloit Wis. assigned a patent he held on a wheeled scraper to F.W. Kimball of Milwaukee, Wis. However there is no mention of a patent on Rathbun's wagon jack.
64761890 manuscript contour drainage plan of Stockholm's LadugårdsgärdetDetailsRosen, Ludwig1890
Engineers manuscript contour drainage plan of the Gärdet in Stockholm Sweden
Rosen, Ludwig
$900.00Rosen--LudwigEngineers-manuscript-contour-drainage-plan-of-the-Gärdet-in-Stockholm-SwedenEarly and rare engineer's pen and ink manuscript contour drainage plan of Stockholm's Ladugårdsgärdet [1] by States Engineer Ludwig Rosen in 1890. A hand-drawn and hand colored detailed plan on supple surveyors tracing cloth covering land that was at the time largely undeveloped. Today the outer portions of the Gärdet are well developed leaving a central open space that is part of Stockholm’s National City Park. <br><br> An important manuscript engineering plan related to urban growth, development, and the environmental preservation of Stockholm, Sweden. <br><br> <div id="0" align="center"> <a title="Täckdikningsplan for Ladugårdsgärde vid Stockholm"></a> <img id="3" src="/ZoomifyImages/SC_6476/SCV_6476_Title.jpg" alt="Täckdikningsplan for Ladugårdsgärde vid Stockholm" width="300"/> <br><small>Title to Rosen's plan of the Ladugårdsgärde (1890)</small> </div><br> Plan shows land contour and numerous profile cross-section inset drawings. From a translation of the title "Täckdikningsplan" we can derive that the purpose of the plan was for the development of "cover ditches" or sub-surface drainage systems. North oriented to upper left. Detailed explanatory legend fills the left side of the plan. <br><br> [1] Ladugårdsgärdet or Gärdet is a suburb in Stockholm County east and northeast of Östermalm with a current population of roughly 21,500 residents. Until the mid 1800’s, the eastern areas of Stockholm were known as Ladugårdslandet, or “The Barn Land.” Throughout the 1900’s, large areas of Gärdet were developed.
6353Blueprint for the original North Sydney Bridge.DetailsCoyle, J. E. F.1895
Blueprint Sydney Northbridge Suspension Long Gully Bridge
Coyle, J. E. F.
$1,500.00Coyle--J--E--F-Blueprint-Sydney-Northbridge-Suspension-Long-Gully-BridgeBeautiful, original late 19th century cyanotype (blueprint) profile view of the "North Sydney Bridge" NSW, then a suspension bridge, (also known as Northbridge or Long Gully Bridge). Original 48" rolled old blueprint paper with slight signs of wear consistent with date of late 19th century but fresh and bright from a protected environment. The rigid symmetry of the suspension bridge contrasts with the sketch-like character of the title and gully profile. Scale 20' = 1". <br></br> The Suspension Bridge in Northbridge, NSW was built as a steel suspension bridge with sandstone turreted towers by a private syndicate to promote residential development. The bridge opened to traffic in in January, 1892. With a suspension span of about 500 feet, it was considered one of the engineering wonders of Sydney and became a great tourist attraction. In 1939 the bridge was rebuilt as a reinforced concrete two rib arch bridge, with the original towers intact. (1) <br></br> Manuscript address on the verso "F. L. Keir Esq. Chief Engineer's. Railway Department. Brisbane. Queensland." Keir was an engineer with the railways department (2).<br /><br /> Sources:<br />
5219Reports of the  11th meeting of the International Navigation CongressDetailsInternational Navigation Congress1908
Report of the 11th meeting of the International Navigation Congress
International Navigation Congress
$100.00International-Navigation-CongressReport-of-the-11th-meeting-of-the-International-Navigation-CongressScarce booklets (24) of reports for the 11th meeting of the International Navigation Congress or Association Internationale Permanente de Congres de Navigation, held in St. Petersburg, Russia during 1908. Some reports with folding plates. Authors of these reports represent a diverse set of countries including but not limited to: Germany, England, Belgium, Russia, France, Italy, and the United States. <br></br> Contents include booklets in French or English text (some with engineering or hydrographic plates). The topics are related to five broad areas of interest: <div class="indenttextblocksingle"> <ul style="list-style-type: circle;"> <li>Fishing ports and harbors for coastal maritime trade.</li> <li>Economic and engineering studies for Inland maritime ports.</li> <li>Port construction on sandy beaches.</li> <li>General conditions for secure maritime navigation.</li> <li>Hydrographic exploration of the seas.</li> </ul> </div> Hard cover binder secured by string closures with 24 reports, each staple bound with paper covers. Some booklets bear the oval stamp of the Liverpool Engineering Society.
6429Inventor's sketches for a concealed revolver by Bradford Holmes.DetailsHolmes, Bradford Butterick1911
Four cyanotype sketches for a concealed five shot revolver
Holmes, Bradford Butterick
$380.00Holmes--Bradford-ButterickFour-cyanotype-sketches-for-a-concealed-five-shot-revolverSet of four original antique cyanotype or blueprint inventor's sketches for a concealable revolver. The revolver was designed by Bradford Butterick Holmes in 1911. In December, 1912 Holmes was granted US patent #1,047,054 on the revolver. It was Bradford Holmes' first patent, but not his last. <br><br> <div id="1" align="center"> <a title="Holmes' Revolver."></a> <img id="1" src="/ZoomifyImages/SC_6429/SC_6429_400x300.jpg" alt="" width="250"/> <br><small>Fig. 1. Holmes concealed revolver</small> </div><br> The first sheet of four (Fig. 1.) shows an actual size depiction of the revolver concealed within the user's fist, only the short barrel extending beyond the fingers of a hand stretched from a cuff-linked shirt. Sheets 2, 3, and 4 are double size renderings of the revolver's mechanical details. The sketches are dated October 11, 1911 and witnessed by Ruth Vickery Holmes (Bradford's wife) and Hilma Christenson. <br><br> In 1903 Bradford Butterick Holmes is recorded as a first year student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with his home town listed as Mare Island, California. Apparently Bradford Holmes wed Ruth in May 1909 and together they had two children, Elizabeth and Robert. <br><br> Bradford Holmes was a prolific inventor. Between 1912 and 1952 Holmes was granted over 70 patents, some for Bendix Aviation, his presumed employer. In addition to the revolver Holmes' inventions include: <div class="indenttextblocksingle"> <ul style="list-style-type: circle;"></li> <li>Automatic steering device for dirigible craft (US1640896A) </li> <li>Pressure breathing regulator (US2544991A) </li> <li>Demand valve control mechanism (US2608971A)</li> <li>Electric timing system (US2080273A) </li> <li>Windshield wiper and fluid motor therefor (US1731048A)</li> </ul> </div> Ruth Holmes is named as a co-inventor on eight of Bradford's patents, largely from the 1930's, related to a dirigible steering mechanism.
6732xDetailsGoldthwait, James Walter1913
Topographical map region five miles Dartmouth campus
Goldthwait, James Walter
$700.00Goldthwait--James-WalterTopographical-map-region-five-miles-Dartmouth-campusUnrecorded diazotype blueline map of the area within a five-mile radius of the campus of Dartmouth University, in Hanover, New Hampshire. The Connecticut River bisects the map. This 1913 Second Edition map is annotated in manuscript with colors reflecting local geological features including granite, sand, gneiss, trap and hornblende schist, described below the map in a manuscript hand-colored index. Contour interval is 20 feet. Scale 2.5 inches = one mile. The base map, described below, is credited to James Walter Goldthwait (1) and was drawn by R. E. Pritchard. <br><br> Similar to a copy from January 1913 in the library at Dartmouth. This November, 1913 edition is updated with a significant amount of new topographic detail that was lacking in the edition of January, 1913 found at the Dartmouth Library (2). <br><br> <div class="indenttextblocksingle"> "The map is based upon the Hanover and Strafford Quadrangles of the U.S. Geological Survey. Incorporated into it are detailed stadia-survey maps of the districts near Hanover Village and the Reservoir by members of Thayer School of Civil Engineering. The topography of the eastern part of the region was done by J.W. Goldthwait and R.W. Tobey in 1911 - 1912." Title description. </div> <br><br> (1) James Walter Goldthwait (1880-1947) was Dartmouth College, Geology Professor and Curator of the Dartmouth College Museum from 1912 to 1928. Hanover, New Hampshire. Goldthwait authored the well regarded "The Geology of New Hampshire", published by Rumford Press, Concord, N.H. in 1925. <br><br> (2) Another edition, lithographed, at the Dartmouth Library from 1915, show concentric circles at one mile intervals around the center. Walker Lith & Pub Co., Boston. (Online: <br><br> (3)
4900A goat powered torpedo.DetailsAnonymous1925
Cyanotype Heath Robinson contraption goat-powered torpedo
$650.00AnonymousCyanotype-Heath-Robinson-contraption-goat-powered-torpedoYou will likely never see another one of these. From the Roaring Twenties- a cyanotype (blueprint) Heath Robinson style contraption- a goat-powered torpedo. The satirical proposed device shows advanced knowledge of torpedo design and function. (e.g. bulkheads). <br></br> Early Newport, RI colonists used Goat Island as a goat pasture. In 1925 the U.S. Navy operated a torpedo manufacturing, development and testing station on Goat Island. <br> <div class="indenttextblock">The anonymous author explained: "The torpedo is made in three sections, the head, the midship section and after body. The drawing shows the mechanism at rest. The operation is as follows: When the torpedo is fired from the tube the trigger comes in contact with a lug which causes the trigger arm to displace the cobble with falls on the Bermuda onion and crushes it. The onion gases thus released cause the goat to weep copiously. The tears are caught in the funnel on the top of the sal-ammoniac pin. These tears dissolve the sal-ammoniac pin. Thereby releasing the spring rod and prodder. This unit moves smartly forward, engaging the port quarter of the goat, thereupon the goat steps out and operates the asbestos tread mill, which is connected to the gear train that operates the propellers. A gaff and boom rig operated by the gear train, operates a spur gear which revolves rapidly on the goats back guaranteeing the continuance of the motion started by the goat prodder, the derby on the goat prevents him from catching cold while the torpedo is in the tube. It is obvious that if he should catch cold he would be rendered useless as an onion weeper. The hat also serves as a cut-off in the following manner; after a certain speed has been attained the goat has a desire to take off his hat and be comfortable, so he therefore tosses it to the rear where it falls in the gear train and jams it. Any torpedo expert will explain this to you if the above elucidation is not perfectly clear. </div>
6657Edinburgh Corporation Tramways & Motors pictorial map published 1926DetailsPilcher, R. Stuart1926
Pictorial map of Edinburgh roads and tramways Scotland
Pilcher, R. Stuart
$275.00Pilcher--R--StuartPictorial-map-of-Edinburgh-roads-and-tramways-ScotlandA scarce and graphically interesting pictorial map of Edinburgh and Leith, Scotland, the "Edinburgh Corporation Tramways & Motors" map published 1926 with tramway routes in red and motor bus routes shown in blue. R. Stuart Pilcher, Tramways Manager. Printed by Robert Mitchell and Sons Lithographers, Edinburgh. Verso with cover of Edinburgh skyline and numerous advertisements. <br><br> A graphically commanding map of Edinburgh, the core of the city displayed in a circle with black overtones and colorful motorways radiating outwards past Edinburgh's green spaces- cemeteries, parks, public gardens, and golf courses which include: <div class="indenttextblocksingle"> <ul style="list-style-type: circle;"> <li>Craigentinny Golf Course</li> <li>Leith Links</li> <li>Craigmiller Park Golf Course</li> <li>Bruntsfield Golf Course</li> <li>Murrayfield Golf Course</li> <li>Prestonfield Golf Course</li> <li>Liberton Golf Course</li> </ul> </div> This pictorial map of Edinburg contains numerous inset sketches of important local buildings including: <div class="indenttextblocksingle"> <ul style="list-style-type: circle;"> <li>City Poorhouse</li> <li>Redford Barracks</li> <li>Merchiston Castle </li> <li>Dan Steworth College</li> <li>Royal Observatory</li> <li>Fettes College</li> <li>Leith Public Health Hospital</li> <li>Holyrood Castle</li> </ul> </div>
6676Manuscript forestry map of the south part of Allen's Island, MaineDetailsCoolidge, P.T.1926
Manuscript forest stand map south Allen's Island St George Maine Wyeth
Coolidge, P.T.
$350.00Coolidge--P-T-Manuscript-forest-stand-map-south-Allen-s-Island-St-George-Maine-WyethRare pen and ink manuscript forestry stand map of the south part of Allen's (Allen) Island, Maine. The map was created to represent the vegetation type, stand density and species distribution for South Allen Island in 1924. A century ago spruce predominated at the south end with pasture and scrub growth surrounding an old farm near island center. <br><br> Allen Island is a 450-acre private island located in St. George, Knox County, Maine. Situated near the southeastern end of Muscongus Bay, it is the largest island of a small cluster, with Benner Island to the northwest and Burnt Island to the east. <br><br> According to historical records, the island was first granted to William Allen, a prominent businessman and politician in Massachusetts, in the mid-18th century. Allen used the island primarily for fishing and hunting, and it remained in his family for several generations. In 1979, the island was purchased by Betsy Wyeth, wife of painter Andrew Wyeth. Prior to their ownership, the island had become a seasonal home for two fishing families living in decaying houses on the fringe of a fast-encroaching spruce forest. <br><br> <div id="0" align="center"> <a title=""></a> <img id="3" src="/zoomifyimages/SC_6676/SC_6676_Island.jpg" alt="Allen Island, Maine." width="300"/> <br><small>Allen Island, Maine courtesy Colby College.</small> </div><br> Wyeth was drawn to the island's stark natural beauty and solitude, which he found to be a perfect place for inspiration and artistic creation. He spent much of his time on the island, painting the landscape as well as the old decaying houses and structures that dotted the island's coastline. Many of his paintings featuring the island's landscape are considered to be among his most iconic works.
5297Map and diagrams related to Edward Armstrong's Seadrome System.DetailsArmstrong, Edward Robert1927
Armstrong Seadrome map Floating airstrips Atlantic repeater station
Armstrong, Edward Robert
$750.00Armstrong--Edward-RobertArmstrong-Seadrome-map-Floating-airstrips-Atlantic-repeater-stationVery rare cyanotype (blueprint) engineering diagrams from 1927 and a Seadrome route map related to Edward Robert Armstrong's Seadrome System, a proposed system of floating airports. Armstrong's Seadrome was the first major concept for a stable floating structure at sea. Its design influenced the later development of the semi-submersible drilling rig. [1]. Armstrong's Seadrome Map (center of sheet) shows locations of repeater structures and airports planned to be anchored in the Atlantic Ocean. Only available original map of the Seadrome concept signed by Armstrong. <br></br> In the late 1920's aircraft did not have the capacity to carry passengers non-stop across the Atlantic. Armstrong's Seadrome System was designed to anchor huge landing fields in the Atlantic Ocean at 375 mile intervals, enabling short-range aircraft to hop across the Atlantic. <br></br> Signed at bottom right corner "E.R. Armstrong 5/16/27." <br></br> This diagram shows Armstrong's Seadrome semi-submersible concept, modified and adapted for use as a repeater station for trans-Atlantic cable traffic. The repeater stations were conceived in order to increase the bandwidth of cables across the Atlantic, which in the late 1920's was limited to a single telephone conversation. Through the use of Armstrong's semi-submersible repeater stations and two cables Bell Telephone engineers calculated that eight circuits across the Atlantic Ocean might be achievable. In the end, the floating repeater station idea was scrapped as it was believed impractical. [2] <br></br> [1] Pease, F. T. The Armstrong Seadrome: World's First Semi-Submersible Design ??? The Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers. 13th Offshore Symposium, 24 February, Houston, Texas. January 21, 2004. [2] Jacobs, O.B. Bell Laboratories Record. Vol XXXV. Number 6. June 1957. p. 207. [3]
5265Plans of accidents at Chatterley Whitfield colliery, England.DetailsWhitfield Colliery1928
Three MS plans mining accidents Whitfield Colliery, Staffordshire, England
Whitfield Colliery
$265.00Whitfield-CollieryThree-MS-plans-mining-accidents-Whitfield-Colliery--Staffordshire--EnglandLot containing three manuscript plans related to mining accidents at the Chatterley Whitfield colliery (coal mine) in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, England. The three accidents took place over a period of eight years, attesting to the danger of coal mining. <div class="indenttextblocksingle"> <ul style="list-style-type: circle;"> <li>Plan shewing scene of accident to Charles Stubbs on Newtons No. 3 north conveyor face institute pit 29th Oct. 1935. [MS plan on paper at a scale of 1/4" = 1 foot]</li> <li>Plan showing scene of accident to Joseph Howell on No. 5 Bowling Alley Level, Holly Lane dip in the middle pit. 8/1/37 [MS plan of tracing cloth. Scale 1/4" = one foot]</li> <li>Plan shewing scene of accident to Richard Harper in the No. 3 south ten feet, hard mine dip, middle pit on 27-3-29. [MS plan of tracing cloth. Scale 1/4" = one foot] </li> </ul> </div> The Chatterley Whitfield colliery was the largest mine working the North Staffordshire coalfield and was the first colliery in the UK to produce 1,000,000 tons of saleable coal in a year (1938). In 2019, the colliery was named on the Victorian Society's list of the top ten most endangered buildings in England and Wales.
67241930s map puzzle for Imperial and International Communications LtdDetailsPerry, Heather "Herry"1930
Rare Art Deco Imperial and International Communications Ltd Map Puzzle
Perry, Heather "Herry"
$3,500.00Perry--Heather-"Herry"Rare-Art-Deco-Imperial-and-International-Communications-Ltd-Map-Puzzle<br></br>Bring a piece of British telecommunications history to your collection. This exquisite, complete, and rare Art Deco style puzzle map of the Imperial and International Communications (IICL) network ca. 1930 precedes McDonald Gill's Cable and Wireless Great Circle map by 15 years and features elegant characters representing the Anemoi, mythological Roman wind gods, and the Greek wind gods or Venti: Boreas, Zephyrus, Notus, Eurus, Aquilo, Favonius, Auster, and Vulturnus. Green lines indicate the undersea cables of the IICL, while dotted green lines signify IICL wireless transmissions. <br><br> <div id="0" align="center"> <a title="Perry's Telecom Map Puzzle"></a> <img id="3" src="/zoomifyimages/SC_6724/SC_6724_Detail.jpg" alt="Art Deco details from Herry Perry map puzzle for Imperial and International Communications Ltd, 1930, London." width="350"/> <br><small>Detail from Herry Perry's Art Deco IICL map puzzle, 1930.</small> </div><br> The map was designed by Herry Perry and manufactured as a promotional item for the IICL, by the Chad Valley Company, an eminent English toy manufacturer . The Chad Valley Company was active from 1860 to 1978. Its products ranged from high-quality soft toys, educational puzzles, board games, to construction sets. <br></br> In 1929, the Imperial Telegraphs Act paved the way for the formation of two new companies that would merge the various telegraph and wireless services within the British Empire and create a coordinated global communications network. Initially, IICL focused on expanding its services within the British Empire, but it eventually expanded its coverage to other regions like the Middle East, Africa, and Asia. IICL merged with Cable & Wireless Limited in 1934. Includes the intact original puzzle box. <br><br> Don't miss out on the opportunity to own a rare and remarkable piece of British telecommunications history - purchase this Art Deco map puzzle of the IICL network today.
5242Six maps of the Mossback Gold Mine, near Oatman, Arizona.DetailsZulch, Herman C.1934
Maps of the Mossback Gold Mine near Oatman Arizona
Zulch, Herman C.
$550.00Zulch--Herman-C-Maps-of-the-Mossback-Gold-Mine-near-Oatman-ArizonaScarce lot of six hand-colored blue-line mine maps of the Mossback Mine near the town of Oatman in Mohave County, Arizona. Five of the six maps show a distinctive tunnel, or level, of the mine (levels 100-400 (12" x 17") and level 700 (17" x 46")). The sixth and most interesting map is the "Cross Section Through Mossback Shaft" (18" x 26") which shows the Ritter Vein and the Mossback Vein, reported to be a rich source of gold ore. From a geological perspective the map projects the potential position of the Mossback Vein as it was shifted by the Mossback Fault. <br></br> According to the Arthur Lakes Library at the Colorado School of Mines the tunnel maps and cross-section map are scarce: <div class="indenttextblocksingle"> "Most mining maps show a mining district or region. . . Most of mine maps in our collection show only the location of the claims, not the tunnels. Very few maps show cross-sections of a mine." [1] </div></br> The Mossback Mine, at an altitude of 2,400 feet, was first discovered in 1863 by Garry Mining Company. Past operations took place as late as 1933 to 1935, but the mine is now closed. The Mossback vein extended nearly half a mile in length and was 23 feet in width at the surface, widening to 40 feet at the bottom. The ore contained up to $2,000 in gold per ton (100 ounces per ton). [2] <br></br> Traced by mining engineer Herman Zulch at Oatman, Arizona. Herman Charles Zulch graduated from the Colorado School of Mines in May 1908. <br></br> Sources include: </br> [1]</br> [2]
64361939 Master Plan for the City of Monterey, California with four mapsDetailsMonterey California Planning Commission1939
1939 Master Plan with 4 maps City of Monterey California
Monterey California Planning Commission
$2,400.00Monterey-California-Planning-Commission1939-Master-Plan-with-4-maps-City-of-Monterey-CaliforniaA landmark in planning for the city of Monterey, California, an early master plan to conserve local historic buildings and landscape features. A significant feature of those conservation efforts was Emerson Knight's establishment of a Ring Route (Map D.) that “links together most of the historic houses and makes broad suggestions for street tree and vacant lot planting." [1] <br><br> Rare <b>Master Plan for the City of Monterey, California</b> published May 24, 1939 by the Monterey California Planning Commission. 31 pages and acknowledgements, five maps, (4 detached), more. 8 1/2" x 11". Leather-like embossed card cover, string binding. <br><br> Contents include text, 15 photographic images (high quality; one color), small format master plan for the City of Monterey regional sketch map. 8" x 5". <br><br> Back section with sleeve containing four separate detached folding maps by Emerson Knight, City Planning Advisor, in top unused condition on fine thin paper. Maps printed by Modern Printing Company, Monterey, CA: <div class="indenttextblocksingle"> <ul style="list-style-type: circle;"></li> <li>Map A. Conservation including protection of bay and beach frontage with proposed promenade. Emerson Knight. March 1939. 21" x 13". </li> <li>Map B. Parks parkways and recreation showing publicly owned lands, all lands to be publicly acquired for parks, parkways, public buildings & streets also proposed promenade, bath house, and pedestrian ways. Emerson Knight. March 1939. 8" x 21". </li> <li>Map C. Streets and highways existing traffic volumes proposed increase in traffic facilities. Emerson Knight. March 1939. 21" x 13". </li> <li>Map D. Preservation of historic values including historic buildings and sites also showing historic ring route and proposed planting along course. Emerson Knight. March 1939. 21" x 13". </li> </ul> </div>
6412Plat of the Grover Murphy Claims Nevada City by Edward C. Uren.DetailsUren, Edward Clement1940
Mining claim map Grover Murphy Nevada City California
Uren, Edward Clement
$250.00Uren--Edward-ClementMining-claim-map-Grover-Murphy-Nevada-City-CaliforniaPlat map of the Grover Murphy Claims Nevada City, California from 1940 by Edward Clement Uren M.E. (1873 - 1861). The gold claim was near Indian Flat Road about 1.8 km WNW of Nevada City. <br><br> At upper left the circular professional stamp of Edw. C. Uren, Registered Civil Engineer. <br><br> Little is known about the life of E. C. Uren. In 1912 Uren quit his job as superintendent of the Champion mine in Nevada City, CA to start a practice as a civil and mining engineer.
6614Detailed map of the Harbor of San Francisco, California 1940.DetailsSan Francisco Harbor Commission Board1940
Detailed Map of San Francisco Waterfront 1940
San Francisco Harbor Commission Board
$650.00San-Francisco-Harbor-Commission-BoardDetailed-Map-of-San-Francisco-Waterfront-1940A 55 inch long detailed planning map of the Harbor of San Francisco, California dated 1940. Produced by the Board of State Harbor Commissioners for San Francisco Harbor, Frank White, Chief Engineer. Rare. <div><img src="/ZoomifyImages/SC_6614/SC_6614_title_detail.jpg" alt="Close-up detail from the title of the Map of the Waterfront of San Francisco 1940 by SF Harbor Commissioners" width="300" align="center" style="margin: 20px 0px 20px 20px"/> </div> Documents harbor development in 1940 in minute detail. Coverage sweeps along San Francisco Bay from the South Basin westward and then northward past the Aquatic Park and Fort Mason. Delineates the extent of both the pier head line and the waterfront line. Details each wharf and shows measurements of every space along the waterfront with pier lengths and pier slip widths as well as the very extensive railroad yards and rail lines connected to each dock. Most of these railroad tracks do not exist today.<div><img src="/ZoomifyImages/SC_6614/SC_6614_wharf_detail.jpg" alt="Close-up detail of the waterfront piers near Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco, California in 1940." width="300" align="center" style="margin: 20px 0px 20px 20px"/> </div> Photo-lithograph on a 55" long rolled sheet of thin translucent paper.
5220A recruitment poster for a Women's Army Corps draftsman.DetailsWomen's Army Corps1944
Stand-up Poster for WAC Topographic Draftsman
Women's Army Corps
$225.00Women-s-Army-CorpsStand-up-Poster-for-WAC-Topographic-DraftsmanAmong the key events impacting the women's movement was World War II. With men away at war, tens of thousands of women entered the workforce to meet the demands of the war for labor. Among the most well-known was "Rosie the Riveter". Here we might have an advertisement to fill the job of "Carrol the Cartographer". <br></br> A table-top, stand-up World War II recruitment poster printed on heavy card stock for the Women's Army Corps (WAC) depicting a woman drawing on a map with pencil and protractor. The job specialty promoted is Topographic Draftsman, part of the Army Ground Forces. <br></br> With a black ink over-stamp for the U. S. Army Recruiting Station, Room 217 New Post Office Building, Utica N. Y. Illustration is signed but unreadable.
5223View with schematic diagram of the German V-1 bomb.DetailsNational Fire Service Benevolent Fund1944
Bird's-eye View of the V1 Bomb an Early Cruise Missile
National Fire Service Benevolent Fund
$110.00National-Fire-Service-Benevolent-FundBird-s-eye-View-of-the-V1-Bomb-an-Early-Cruise-MissileSingle-page folding booklet with a schematic diagram of the German V-1 bomb flying above a bird's eye view of the British countryside. The V-1 was a German weapon, an early and crude cruise missile, designed to strike terror into the British population. During World War II Germany used the V-1 in the thousands against south-east England from launch sites along the French and Dutch coasts. <br></br> Reproduced from the London Illustrated News with proceeds devoted to the National Fire Service Benevolent Fund. <br></br> With text, cutaway drawings, and inset schematic diagrams explaining of the German impulse engine (an early jet engine) and the mechanism used to control the missile's flight path. Verso with text and title page. <br></br> Price when issued: sixpence. Drawn by G.H. Tavis. 1944. Printed by Temple Fortune Press. Printers. London.
6450U C. Berkeley dormitory life centerspread cartoonDetailsGluck, Jay1948
Cartoon cutaway view of UC Berkeley dormitory life
Gluck, Jay
$375.00Gluck--JayCartoon-cutaway-view-of-UC-Berkeley-dormitory-lifeA cartoonish cutaway profile view of life in a "typical" dormitory at the University of California at Berkeley in 1949. The title "Oppy's Flop House" refers to Robert Oppenheimer [1] one of the key researchers on the Atomic Bomb that had been dropped on Japan less than three years earlier. Cartoons and sight gags include a slide rule used as a fishing device and as a guitar, chem lab equipment used to brew coffee, students using radar to peer into the room of a bathing coed, a robot, a device based on compressed air to raise the skirts of coeds, and many scenes including engineering books. <br><br> Published in the a 1948 annual "Mad Engineer" issue of "California Engineer" from the University of California at Berkeley. The California Engineer is the student publication of the University of California at Berkeley. <br><br> [1] Physicist <b>Robert Oppenheimer</b> (1904-1967) was Project Director for the Manhattan Project. Oppenheimer taught at UC Berkeley from 1929 - 1943. "With the rise of the Nazi party in Germany, the University quickly became a hub for atomic weapons development. By the outbreak of World War 11, Oppenheimer, his students, and several notable physicists probed atomic theory on the top floor of Le Conte Hall." (Kehlmann, Robert. Berkeley Historical Plaque Project. 2012. Online: )
6428U. C. Berkeley engineering underground tunnels and facilities mapDetailsAnonymous1949
Cartoon map of UC Berkeley engineering underground radiation nuclear laboratory
$850.00AnonymousCartoon-map-of-UC-Berkeley-engineering-underground-radiation-nuclear-laboratoryOriginal centerspread 1949 cartoon pictorial map, "Underground Campus", the campus of the University of California Berkeley, specifically the engineering underground tunnels and facilities including the Radiation Lab. Scientists at the UC Radiation Laboratory, now the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, discovered berkelium (atomic number 97) in 1949 using a 60-inch cyclotron. <br></br> <div id="3" align="center"> <a title="California Engineer smoking weed?"></a> <img id="3" src="/ZoomifyImages/SC_6428/SC_6428_SmokingWhat.jpg" alt="Early depiction of a Berkeley Engineer with roach clip." width="240"/> </div><br> The California Engineer began in 1903 as the California Journal of Technology. It was the first college magazine in the west to specialize in the area of science and technology. In January, 1923, after a hiatus of ten years, the magazine was revived and renamed "California Engineer" by the Student Engineers Council (1). <br></br> The comical map is centered around Sather Tower with a cutaway view of the subterranean network below the halls at the University of California at Berkeley. Includes Sather tunnel, Leconte Hall, Gilman Hall, Wheeler Auditorium, The Radiation Laboratory housed the research at UC Berkeley during WWII under the Manhattan Project. Note the IBM punch card machine gag at bottom left. <br></br> The comical map is from the January 1949 issue of <b>California Engineer</b>, the annual "Mad Issue". 36 pages. Price when issued 25 cents. Published at the University of California, Berkeley, California by the Associated Students of the University of California.
6492Planning commission pap of the City of Dubuque, IowaDetailsDubuque City Planning Commision1951
Master Plan for the City of Dubuque Iowa
Dubuque City Planning Commision
$400.00Dubuque-City-Planning-CommisionMaster-Plan-for-the-City-of-Dubuque-IowaVery large, scarce 1951 master plan map of the City of Dubuque, Iowa by the Dubuque City Planning and Zoning Commission, J.M. Wolfe, Chairman. Justin R. Hartzog, City Planner. A fine record of the city and its ambitions in the mid 20th-century. <br><br> Two matching legends at bottom right and left show symbols and coloration used for mapped features under existing conditions and for the Commission's planning proposals respectively. These details include streets, railroads, intersections, city boundaries, parks, playgrounds, schools and other land uses. North oriented to top.
6750Unrecorded Marina del Rey Economic Study with maps, 1956.DetailsNicholson, George F.1956
Unrecorded Marina del Rey Economic Study
Nicholson, George F.
$950.00Nicholson--George-F-Unrecorded-Marina-del-Rey-Economic-StudyUnrecorded, detailed analytical economic report "Marina del Rey Economic Study" produced March 5, 1956 by George F. Nicholson, C.E. Consulting Engineer. <br><br> A detailed report by Nicholson bound with transmittal letter and six-page summary from Nicholson to J.A. Lambie, Los Angeles County Engineer. Hard cover. 79 pages text. Table of Contents. Three maps. One site photograph. Four tables. Manuscript signature inside cover for Walt Petty. <br><br> Rare. No copy of this report is found anywhere online.
4928Pictorial map advertisement for computer networking.DetailsDigital Equipment Corporation1972
Early Persuasive Map Advertising ARPA Network pre-Internet
Digital Equipment Corporation
$275.00Digital-Equipment-CorporationEarly-Persuasive-Map-Advertising-ARPA-Network-pre-InternetI'll see your Timothy Edward Downs and raise you 20. <br /><br /> Very early pictorial map advertisement for Digital Equipment Corporation or DEC, for their DEC10 Supercomputer as a key part of the ARPA network. With the introduction of the TCP-IP protocols, ARPANET grew rapidly in size and within less than 20 years evolved into the Internet. <br /><br /> ARPA stands for Advanced Research Projects Agency, a U.S. Defense Department agency responsible for leading-edge technical research. Beginning in 1967, by 1969 the ARPANET network interconnected four supercomputers, in 1970 - 9 supercomputers and by 1972 - 24 supercomputers . <br /><br /> The ad shows the location of ARPANET supercomputers, generally large universities and research institutions; the interconnections between those supercomputers; and the data exchanged between the computers. <br /><br /> In the early 1970's networking concepts were poorly understood and the artist uses common pictograms as metaphors as an aid to understanding. Without exception each university/research Supercomputing center is represented by old white men in suits, most with ties (NASA Ames the exception). Names of each institution appears on the outstretched arms of the old white men as they extend into the cube of another institution with an old white man. By Digital Equipment Corporation, Maynard, Massachusetts, run by old white men in the 1970's.