Manuscript Artifacts

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5133Manuscript map of the Marche and Cold Springs, Arkansas.DetailsAnonymous 
Manuscript map of the Marche and Cold Springs, Arkansas
$350.00AnonymousManuscript-map-of-the-Marche-and-Cold-Springs--ArkansasManuscript map of the Marche and Cold Springs, Arkansas ca. 1890. The map is related to early Polish emigration to the area and was drawn or owned by "Helen Ch." (assumed Helen Choinski). Helen Choinski was the daughter of Timothy Choinski, a Polish nobleman, who founded the community at Warren, Arkansas in 1877. Helen Choinski worked as local Postmistress and telegrapher and in 1894 Helen married M. Schnable who worked for the Cotton Belt Railway. The map shows considerable skill and training in surveying and map making, but there is no indication Helen Choinski possessed such skills. <br></br> While in Wisconsin, Count Timothy von Choinski, a nobleman and political refuge from Poland, became concerned with the suffering of many of his fellow Polish immigrants who were residing in the slums of large cities such as New York and Chicago. Choinski wished to improve the working and living condition of these immigrants and began the search for a farming environment that was more familiar to these Poles. After meeting with the land agent for the Little Rock and Fort Smith Railway in March 1877, Choinski purchased 22,000 acres ten miles northwest of Little Rock. <br></br> Polish resettlement began in 1877 at Old Warren, Arkansas ten miles north of Little Rock. Later renamed the "Marche" after the French word for market, the community became a magnet for Polish emigres. The settlement of Marche is one of the most successful efforts to resettle immigrants in Arkansas history. <br></br> Sources: </br>
1050Manuscript port plan of the Bahia de Cienfuegos, Cuba.DetailsReal Escuela de Navegacion1735
Early Manuscript plan of Cienfuegos Bay (Puerto de Jagua)
Real Escuela de Navegacion
$5,000.00Real-Escuela-de-NavegacionEarly-Manuscript-plan-of-Cienfuegos-Bay-(Puerto-de-Jagua)Pen and ink manuscript port plan of the Bahia de Cienfuegos, Cuba dating to the first half of the 18th century: "Puerto de Jagua". This is the earliest available manuscript plan of that important bay on the south coast of Cuba and is a near perfect copy of a map held in the Library of Congress ( The existence of multiple manuscript copies of the same chart is explained by the fact that the chart was produced by the Real Escuela de Navegación in Cadiz, whose role was to ensure the accuracy and consistency of maps produced for naval and commercial shipping and to house the growing record of maps and charts related to Spain's vast empire. Copyists at the school would have reproduced numerous identical copies by hand for distribution to military and commerical maritime users. During this time period few maps of Spain's New World possessions were reproduced by printing press, presumeably in order to limit their distribution. Spain's jealous secrecy over their colonial possessions is well documented. <br></br> The title and key are located within a frame at lower left; the chart shows coastline, coastal features, soundings, navigational hazards, an anchorage, a few buildings, roads, and streams. <br></br> Dating the map depends chiefly on its depiction of the location marked "B"- "lomas estrecho de la entrada" (Translated: Hilly narrow entrance). This site would later become the site of a fort or Castillo (Nuestra Señora de los Ángeles de Jagua) founded in 1745. On this chart, the fact that no mention is made of any structure suggests the map dates to before 1733 when construction on the fort began. On a later manuscript version for example that spot is defined as "es donde esta el Castillo, que es donde estaba la Bateria de ?[Fagina] (Translated: Where the castle is, which is where the Battery of ?? was.") <br></br> Note: "jagua" may be translated from Spanish as "Fruit of the custard-apple."
3577I8th century hydrographic map of the Fayoum or Arsinoe.DetailsAnonymous1750
MS 18th century hydrographic map of the Fayoum Region - Egypt - Arsinoe - Lake Moeris
$17,000.00AnonymousMS-18th-century-hydrographic-map-of-the-Fayoum-Region---Egypt---Arsinoe---Lake-MoerisRare detailed, unsigned French manuscript hydrographic map of the Fayoum region of Egypt “the Land of the Lake” with Lake Moeris (Qarun). With an elevation view and floor plan of a building considered to be the "Labyrinthe" mentioned by Herodotus. Ca. 1720 - 1750. Possibly the earliest map to focus on the Fayoum reqion. <br></br> This 18th century MS map locates archaeological sites and features the extensive network of rivers, streams, and canals that emptied into Lake Moeris from the Nile River via the Bahr Yusuf canal. Shows seven smaller canals from the Bahr Yusuf emptying into "Lake Moeris ou de Caron Nomne a presant Lac de la Corne". The hydrography and naming (ex. "Lac de la Corne", "Chateau de Caron") are similar to <a href="" target="_blank">Claude Sicard's map of Egypt</a> copied in MS by Guillaume Delisle in 1726. <br></br> The Fayoum (also Fayum, Faioum) region was once the center of the cult of Sobek, an Egyptian deity associated with the crocodile. Medinet el-Faiyum or Shedet was the ancient regional capital. The town was called "Crocodilopolis" by the Greeks (renamed Arsinoë by the Romans). Camels and crocodile are shown near the southwest shore of the lake with several pyramids, grottos, ruins, and Coptic Christian sites. <br></br> The map wrongly identifies the Ptolomaic temple at Qasr Qaroun as the Labyrinth described by Herodotus. <br></br> French explorers who first visted the Fayoum region include Paul Lucas (1714-17), Jomard (1800), P.D. Martin (1801), and Linant de Bellefonds (1821). By 1800 Edme-Francois Jomard in "Emplacement de l'ancien lac Moaris et du Labyrinthe dans le Fayoum d'après tous les Auteurs" had correctly determined that the site of the Labyrinth lay not at Qasr Qaroun, but rather at a mud-brick temple near Hawara. Our estimated date of this map to the 18th century rests on this timeline and on dates of other maps from the same purchase.
4940French manuscript chart of the island of Diego Garcia.DetailsAnonymous1809
Manuscript chart of the island of Diego Garcia
$1,375.00AnonymousManuscript-chart-of-the-island-of-Diego-GarciaFrench manuscript chart of the island of Diego Garcia. Diego Garcia, a coral atoll, is the largest and southernmost member of the Chagos Archipelago, in the central Indian Ocean. <br/><br/> Dated on or near May 2, 1809 when the French Governor of Mauritius Decaen granted rights over the island to Cayeux, the Didier brothers, and Lapotaire. Lapotaire was reported to have over 100 slaves working his copra plantation in 1809. The map clearly shows those three land holdings, with Didier at the southern end of the island. (Cawley, Charles. Colonies in Conflict: The History of the British Overseas Territories. Cambridge Scholars Publishing. 2015.) <br/></br/> "Portuguese explorers discovered Diego Garcia in the early 1500s. The islands remained uninhabited until the 18th century when the French established coconut and copra plantations with the help of slave labor. Diego Garcia became a possession of the United Kingdom after the Napoleonic wars, and from 1814 to 1965, it was a dependency of Mauritius." (Source:
4788 Spanish chart / port plan of Barcelona, Spain.DetailsDireccion Hidrografia1813
Rare Antique Plan of the Port and Anchorage at Barcelona, Spain
Direccion Hidrografia
$400.00Direccion-HidrografiaRare-Antique-Plan-of-the-Port-and-Anchorage-at-Barcelona--SpainVery interesting antique Spanish chart / port plan of Barcelona, Spain on the Mediterranean Sea. One of 16 charts and plans published by Spain's Direccion Hidrografia in the rare Spanish hydrographic atlas: "Portulano de las Costas de la Península de España, Islas adyacentes, y parte de la Costa de Africa. Construido y publicado en la Direccion Hidrografica, Cadiz ano 1813." <br></br> With (now faded) MS dedication and attached anchoring instructions, both in English. The dedication read "Presented by W??????? To his fd (friend?) Mr. Fleming Cadiz July 12, 1816." That date is 3 years after the atlas was first issued from Cadiz. <br></br> Scarce, no copy in AMPR <br></br> Included manuscript sailing directions reads <div class="indenttextblock"> "In the outside Harbour of Barcelona to protect yourself of the E. and S.E. winds, anchor as follows= The light with the Tower of Merced and the coast of Garaf open on the south of Montjuif, anchoring in 18 - 25 f[athoms]mostly sand, from which … an east wind you can pass the Llobregat." </div> <BR/> A circled spot on the map with light penciled isobaths (contour lines) at 10 and 20 fathoms seem to support the anchoring recommendation in the sailing directions. <br></br> Depth soundings are in "pies castellanos" ( 1 Castillian foot = .2786 m or .914 feet).
972Antique manuscript map of Bagueau and Port-Cros, in the îles d'Hyères.DetailsPinot, Charles1816
Antique manuscript map of Bagueau and Port-Cros in France's îles d'Hyères
Pinot, Charles
$900.00Pinot--CharlesAntique-manuscript-map-of-Bagueau-and-Port-Cros-in-France-s-îles-d-HyèresOne of a kind, 200 year-old manuscript topographic map of the French Mediterranean island Île de Bagueau and the north coast of Port-Cros island. Signed and dated within by Ch[arles] Pinot, Director of Fortifications in 1816. <br></br> Topograhic detail shown through faint contour lines in pencil with benchmarks and elevation stated in several locations. Three cannon batteries noted in red on Bagueau. On Port-Cros, Pinot noted these features: Presqu'ile de Malalenge, Plage de Jeannet, Batterie Sud, and Chateau Ruine. <br></br> Both Île de Bagueau and Port-Cros belong to the îles d'Hyères, a group of four Mediterranean islands off the village of Hyères in the Var department of south-east France. Île de Bagueau at 45 hectares is the smallest of the four islands in the group. Port-Cros, at 650 hectares, is a French national Park. <br></br> Signed in French in faint ink: Toulon, 5th October, 1816 The Colonel and Director of Fortifcations Charles Pinot. A note in ink below the title begins: "La partie de terrain marquee…". <br></br> With a faint red oval overstamp of the "DEPOT de la Direction des Fortifications DE TOULON"
335Manuscript military plan of Gibraltar fortress from 1828DetailsMeyer, C.1828
Gibraltar (Manuscript plan)
Meyer, C.
$610.00Meyer--C-Gibraltar--(Manuscript-plan)Unique manuscript military/engineering architectural plan of the Landport (northern) defences of the fortress at Gibraltar from the Innundation, past the Devil's Tongue battery, and the old mole. Two cross sections, one through the north wall (with measurements) and one through the west wall. A high degree of detail shown about the bastions and cannon emplacements. <br></br> Several dozen measurements in miniscule red script. Contains a small sketch of what appears to be a cave entrance. With watermark "Whatman 1828". Signed "Egina der 7 September 1828 C. Meyer".
749Manuscript theatre playbill from a East India Company ship.DetailsAnonymous1846
Antique Manuscript Playbill from the East India Company Ship Herefordshire
$2,100.00AnonymousAntique-Manuscript-Playbill-from-the-East-India-Company-Ship-HerefordshireVery unusual and scarce manuscript theatrical playbill from a known British East India Company trading ship dated within at January 23, 1846. <br></br> On long voyages in order to entertain passengers, ships would sometimes offer music, dancing, and plays to make the tedious journey more enjoyable. This rare survivor documents such a theatrical offering aboard the East Indiaman "Herefordshire" as it returned from a voyage that began in London in 1845 and terminated in Bombay, India on Feb. 28, 1846 [1]. <br></br> The Herefordshire was an old 40-gun, 1600 ton teak-built ship of the East India Company, launched in Bombay in 1812 by John Money. Her Captain was George Richardson. <br></br> This rare playbill reads: "THEATRE ROYAL of the HEREFORDSHIRE Under the Distinguished Patronage of the LADIES & CAPTAIN RICHARDSON Jan 23rd 1846. This Evening her Majesty's Servants will perform a New Drama entitled the PENRYN TRAGEDY, with New Scenery, Dresses, &c. </br> ...</br> ...</br> Act 1st Scene 1st</br> The Sailors of HER MAJESTY's SHIP Brittannia making merry in the Green Dragon.</br> ...</br> ...</br> The Whole to Conclude with the Popular Farce BILLY BUTTON the TAILOR ...</br> ..</br> Doors open at 6 o'clock. Performance to commence at 7. For tickets of Admission apply to Mr. Maynard, Stage Manager No. 9 Starboard Terrace, Capstan Square, Gun deck road. … <br></br> This rare, unusual and interesting piece of nautical ephemera should interest collectors of both the theater and nautical history. It is a document from the end of the East India Company's control of India. The East India Company dissolved in 1858 with Britain exerting direct control after the India Rebellion of 1857. Watermarked "Ward and Son. 1842." <br></br> [1] "Allen's Indian Mail and Register of Intelligence for British and Foreign India." 1845 and 1846. </br> [2] Berncastle, Julius. "A Voyage to China". William Shoberl. London, 1850.
1108Maltese Tugboat rate sheet from 1856 with manuscript invoice.DetailsSteam Tug Agency1856
Rate Sheet and Invoice for Maltese Steam Tug Dragon
Steam Tug Agency
$260.00Steam-Tug-AgencyRate-Sheet-and-Invoice-for-Maltese-Steam-Tug-DragonFascinating piece of mid-nineteenth century Maltese maritime history. Tugboat rate sheet with manuscript invoice for towing services performed by the steam tug "Dragon". The Dragon was a 40 horsepower paddle-wheel steam tug operating out of the port of Valetta, Malta, then a part of the British Empire. <div class="indenttextblock"> …. "the arrival of steam propulsion opened a new chapter in the history of Maltese maritime trade. The port of Valletta became an important bunkering station and this position was further strengthened with the opening of the Suez Canal in 1869.<br> …<br> The ‘Dragon’ was one of the earliest steam tugboats operating in the Grand Harbour and Marsamxett. She arrived at Malta from Newcastle early in December 1855 and on arrival she was immediately placed in service under the command of Captain William Donkin. A circular distributed to the commercial community by the owners of the ‘Dragon’ makes interesting reading. ( First International Merchant Bank 2002 Annual Report. <a href=" " target="_blank">Internet</a> </div> <br> <em>"NOTICE TO SHIPMASTERS <br></br> The steam Tug "Dragon" tows vessels in and out and about the ports of Valetta at the following rates: …<br> …<br> … The signal to be used by vessels coming from seaward or in port requiring the tug's services will be to hoist the national ensign at the fore topgallant or royal mast head. Special services subject to agreement with John C. Swift, ship-chandler Malta or Capt. William Donkin on board."</em>
4847Map of Caillat's civic renovation project for Algiers, Algeria in 1858DetailsVigouroux and Caillat1858
Algiers, Algeria City Renewal Proposal 1858
Vigouroux and Caillat
$1,150.00Vigouroux-and-CaillatAlgiers--Algeria-City-Renewal-Proposal-1858Rock the Casbah! <br></br> Rare lithographed map of a proposed renovation and expansion project for Algiers in 1858. By Vigououx, surveyor and Caillat of France's Ponts and Chaussees (Bridges and Roads). At bottom left, the map is dedicated in manuscript ink, signed by the author (Caillat) to Colonel Marengo, then the Mayor of the commune of Douéra. Just a few years previously Marengo had been Commander of the Citadel of Algiers or the Casbah, and apparently still retained some influence. The citadelle or Casbah is shown marked near bottom right, but in a broader sense the Casbah was <div class="indenttextblock"> "the ancient core of Algiers, the triangular-shaped town carved into the hills facing the Mediterranean … the sea forms the base of the triangle; a citadel is at the triangle's summit. (Celik, Zeeynep. Algiers under French Rule in "Urban Forms and Colonial Confrontations. University of California Press. 1997.) </div> <br></br> Shows the "rivage actuel" or the existing shoreline with the new construction that would occur to complete the project in those areas. <br></br> Background: the French invaded Algeria in 1830. In 1834, Algeria became a French military colony and was subsequently declared by the constitution of 1848 to be an integral part of France and divided into three departments: Alger, Oran and Constantine.
4909Manuscrupt plat in Newtwon, Queens, New York.DetailsAnonymous1859
Antique manuscript plat Queens, New York deBevoise
$500.00AnonymousAntique-manuscript-plat-Queens--New-York-deBevoiseOne of a kind manuscript map ca. 1859 of a plat of land in the city of Newtown, borough of Queens, New York. The tract of woodlands, owned by Abraham de Bevoise contains surveyors' field notes including the metes and bounds [1] of the plat relating it to land owned by Theodorus Kolyer (d. 1854). A fine, piece with a simple, pastoral view of the woodlands owned by de Bevoise, totaling two acres and 4 perches. A perch is a unit of area equal to 1/160 of an acre. <br /> <br /> Abraham de Bevoise (1819 - 1887) was a farmer originally of French Huguenot ancestors. <br /> <br /> <div class="indenttextblocksingle"> [1] The term "metes" refers to a boundary defined by the measurement of each straight run, specified by a distance between the terminal points, and an orientation or direction. A direction may be a simple compass bearing, or a precise orientation determined by accurate survey methods. The term "bounds" refers to a more general boundary description, such as along a certain watercourse, a stone wall, an adjoining public road way, or an existing building. (Online Source: </div>
5126Manuscript map of oil fields near Oil City, Pennsylvania.DetailsPomeroy, S.T.1865
Manuscript early map of Pennsylvania Oil Fields
Pomeroy, S.T.
$3,750.00Pomeroy--S-T-Manuscript-early-map-of-Pennsylvania-Oil-FieldsA hand-drawn antique map, a historical cartographic artifact related to the early days of oil production along the Allegheny River in the U.S.A. An unrecorded foundational map for U.S. oil production created by S.T. Pomeroy six years after oil was first commercially produced in Pennsylvania. The main focus of the oil-field map seems to be a series of leases (in yellow) along Pine Run Creek. <br></br> This one-of-a-kind pen and ink manuscript map of oil fields in Pennsylvania was created during a time of great speculative excitement just six years after Edwin L. Drake struck "rock oil" at Titusville, Pennsylvania in Oil Creek Valley in 1859. Drawn by hand by Pomeroy in 1865, near the end of the Civil War, coverage includes lands, leases, wells, and waterways beginning about 8 miles south of Titusville. <br></br> Shows the Allegheny River and Clarion Rivers and the significant tributaries of Oil Creek, Pit Hole Creek, East Sandy Creek, Pine Hill Run, Big Sandy, and Hemlock Creek. With newly developed Oil City, Franklin, and President, Pennsylvania as well as a clear route for the turnpike linking Oil City, Sandy, and Franklin. One well near the confluence of the Allegheny River and East Sandy Creek is shown as producing 250 barrels daily, quite a prolific output in those days. <br></br> The Pomeroy name was somewhat common in Pennsylvania during that time period, but details on the map of islands in the Allegheny River and the wells along the rivers and creek suggest a nautical connection. Pomeroy's Oil Creek Boat Express operated a river-barge, the "Pomeroy Express" along Oil Creek. <br></br> (Sketches in Crude Oil: Some Accidents and Incidents of the Petroleum …)
4866Manuscript map of Rockland Maine waterfront.DetailsRose, Edwin1872
Manuscript cadastral map of Snow Shipyard Portland, Maine.
Rose, Edwin
$1,675.00Rose--EdwinManuscript-cadastral-map-of-Snow-Shipyard-Portland--Maine-Large manuscript map by Edwin Rose of the Snow Farwell and Company property in Rockland, Maine dated within to July 5th, 1872. A rare and informative map of the waterfront at south Rockland, Maine with a detailed record of shoreline and structures as they existed 150 years ago. <br></br> A few of the key features Rose noted include Mechanic Street, two marine railways and a marine railway wharf, apparently part of Snow Farwell & Co. The two octagonal building above the railways are almost certainly sheds for horse-powered winches. At bottom left a wharf surrounds <br></br> Snow Shipbuilding was founded in 1862 by Captain Israel Snow. It was located at the end of Mechanic Street, adjacent to the Cobb, Butler yard. The Snow family sold it to General Seafoods after WWII. The western half is now the Sail, Power and Steam Museum, while the eastern half is still active as Rockland Marine. <br></br> Location fronts on Owl's Head Bay; West Penobscot Bay. Surveyed by Edwin Rose Esq. Drawn by L.L. Buckland. Scale 50 feet to 1 inch.
759Manuscript page with flags and a chart of British ChannelDetailsAnonymous1890
Manuscript page with flags and a chart of British Channel
$450.00AnonymousManuscript-page-with-flags-and-a-chart-of-British-ChannelA small manuscript chart of the English Channel. Decorated at top with the crossed flags of England and France this hand-drawn and hand-colored chart of the British Channel could have been created in the latter half of the 19th century to early 20th century by a British naval student or maritime officer candidate or quite possibly a member of the Sea Cadets Corps or its predecessor, the Naval Lads' Brigade. A legend in English describes features that would be found on a nautical chart of the period such as buoys, rocks, and bearings, but oddly the manuscript map does not contain any of those components with one exception, the Eddystone lighthouse southwest of Plymouth sound. <br></br> The most interesting aspect of the chart is the dotted line suggesting the route of a voyage between ports in England and France including Plymouth, Dartmouth, Torquay, Weymouth, Southampton, Sheerness, Cherbourg, and Guernsey <br></br> At bottom are drawn three signal flags including the Blue Peter, which was often used when preparing to leave port, or as the caption suggests, when requesting a pilot. Of the other two flags, the center flag is confirmed as a French registration flag that indicates that the vessel was registered to the Cherbourg arondissement sector between Dunkirk and Honfleur. According to Sache: <div class="indenttextblock"> "French merchant ships had to hoist at foremast a specific flag indicating in which arrondissement they were registered. The French coasts were divided in five metropolitan maritime arrondissements, each of them being divided in two sectors, and in two colonial sectors. The arrondissement flags were established by Royal Regulation of 3 December 1817, signed by Louis XVIII. They were confirmed in the 1852 Imperial Regulations on naval flags signed by Napoléon III and by Decree on 20 March 1868. " </div> Source: Sache, Ivan. France: Registration flags for merchant ships (1817-1929). Link:
4856Manuscript survey of Water Reservoir Number 1  at Belfast, Maine.DetailsDanforth, Frederic1890
Manuscript Belfast, Maine Water Company Plan for Robert Elwell
Danforth, Frederic
$1,150.00Danforth--FredericManuscript-Belfast--Maine-Water-Company-Plan-for-Robert-ElwellOriginal four-foot wide manuscript survey of Water Reservoir Number 1 at Belfast, Maine. "Plan of Land of the Belfast Water Company Made for Robert Elwell." By Frederic Danforth C.S. Dated within at October, 1890. Laid to linen. <br></br> The Belfast Water Company was founded in 1887 after two major fires (1865, 1871) demonstated the existing water supply was insufficient. Construction began on the reservoir with a 175 foot long dam near the mouth of Little River. Scale 1 inch = 80 feet. <br></br> The water district discontinued using the Little River reservoir in 1980. Today the brick pump house on the north side of the dam serves as the offices of the Belfast Water District. <br></br> <div class="indenttextblocksingle"> Frederick Danforth, son of Judge Charles Danforth, was born in 1848. He graduated from Dartmouth College, specializing in civil engineering. After graduation Danforth settled upon the career of railroad engineering. In 1876, after an engagement with the European and North American railway Danforth established an office in Gardiner, and in 1891 he was elected a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers. (Online: kingsbury/gardiner/kengard.txt.) </div>
4804Fine 19th-century manuscript daymark engineering drawing.DetailsU.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey1894
Antique MS engineering drawing of screw-pile day-mark beacon
U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey
$500.00U-S--Coast-and-Geodetic-SurveyAntique-MS-engineering-drawing-of-screw-pile-day-mark-beaconFine late 19th-century manuscript engineering drawings of a screw-pile day-beacon designed for the Tobago Middle Ground shoal in the Rappahannock River, Virginia. Probably a product of the U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey. Dated within to 1894. Baltimore, Maryland. <br></br> Manuscript pencil notations: "Not used" and "Historical". <br></br> In a 1896 letter to Congress transmitting estimates of appropriations from the Secretary of the Treasury is a line item for $3,000 for "Establishing a day beacon on or near the Tobago Middle Ground, Rappahannock River, Virginia." A note below the item states: "The middle ground has but four feet of water on it. A prominent mark would be a valuable aid in the navigation of that part of the river." Apparently this request derived from the Lighthouse Board who proposed to build a screw-pile beacon at Tobago as early as 1893. <br></br> Our drawing, from 1894, is annotated with the words "not used". That may very well be because a less expensive solution was adopted. According to the U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey Notice to Mariners in 1903 "a black spar buoy, without number, was placed in 15 feet of water on the edge of the shoal opposite the upper end of Tobago Middle Ground."
4887Four manuscript plats of Kentucky real estate.DetailsStewart, John Frew1900
Four manuscript survey plats of Kentucky land.
Stewart, John Frew
$250.00Stewart--John-FrewFour-manuscript-survey-plats-of-Kentucky-land-One lot of four manuscript plats of Kentucky real estate on surveyors' tracing cloth from ca. 1900. Attributed to John Frew Stewart of Paintsville, Kentucky. Includes a MS list of other maps sent out by Stewart in 1900. <br></br> John Frew Stewart (1833-1906) studied law at the office of Moore and Gallup at Louisa, and obtained a license to practice law in 1860. He was elected county attorney for Lawrence County, Kentucky in August, 1862. The next month Frew joined the Union army as a private and swiftly obtained the rank of Second Lieutenant in the Thirty-ninth Kentucky volunteers and again as major of his regiments in November, 1864. Stewart held several government positions including Deputy Collector for the Internal Revenue, county school commissioner, and county judge. <br></br> Proceeding clockwise from upper left the maps include: <div class="indenttextblocksingle"> <ul style="list-style-type: circle;"> <li>Adam Harmon Farm, 600 acres situated on a branch of the Stillwater River in Wolfe County, 5 miles from Campton. Size: 9" X 8"</li> <li>Plat of 131 3/4 acres tract on a branch of Gladys Creek. Rowan County, KY.</li> <li>Signed list of maps and plots</li> <li>Plat of land of 139 acres on the Tire Branch of White Oak Creek in Mugoffin, Co. Kentucky</li> <li>Plat of 250 acres on the left fork of Craney Creek, Morgan County, KY.</li>
5065Scarce Maplewood Hotel Pittsfield, Massachusetts Advertisement.DetailsPlumb, Arthur W.1908
Scarce Maplewood Hotel Pittsfield, Massachusetts Advertisement
Plumb, Arthur W.
$400.00Plumb--Arthur-W-Scarce-Maplewood-Hotel-Pittsfield--Massachusetts-AdvertisementRare point-of-sale advertising placard for the Maplewood Hotel in the Berkshire Mountains, ca. 1908. <br></br> Edges of the placard contain manuscript advertising copy: <div class="indenttextblocksingle"> "One of the automobile road maps will be mailed free to anyone sending their names to A.W. Plumb, Pittsfield, Mass. <br></br> The most picturesque auto. trip in America is up through the Berkshire Hills via Lenox, Pittsfield and Manchester, Vt." </div> </br> The Maplewood Hotel opened in 1887, converted from the Pittsfield Young Ladies Institute. The girl's school had operated on the site since 1841. Later, the school was known as the Maplewood Institute which has historical connections to the world of intercollegiate athletics. <div class="indenttextblocksingle"> "… the school hosted the country’s <b>first intercollegiate baseball game</b>, with rival schools Amherst College and Williams College playing here on July 1, 1859. The game drew large numbers of Maplewood girls, who watched Amherst win 73-32 in 26 innings, in a game that bore little resemblance to today’s game." (Source: </div>
5053Manuscript maps of St. Augustine, Florida and of the area.DetailsAnonymous1918
Two manuscript maps of St. Augustine, Florida and of the area.
$500.00AnonymousTwo-manuscript-maps-of-St--Augustine--Florida-and-of-the-area-Two manuscript maps on a single sheet inserted into a tourism brochure of St. Augustine, Florida after printing. Unusual. Maps show St. Augustine at street-level detail and on verso a smaller-scale map of the area surrounding St. Augustine. Type-written text on one map sheet indicates re-use of a telephone service remittance document for creation of the map. The small scale map of the area around St. Augustine appears only to consider railway lines (F.E.C., A.C.C.) of importance as railways are highlighted in color and stops along each route are identified. <br></br> Booklet (folds to 4" x 9") presented with the compliments of the St. Augustine Hotel Association. Fine cover graphics of period clothing. Booklet art work, engraving and printing by the Record Company, St. Augustine. Dated between 1916 and 1919 based on information provided about the Flagler Hospital, under construction at printing, after a fire in 1916 destroyed much of the original structure.
1443 Beautiful manuscript or map of Guadeloupe in Caribbean.DetailsRaggio, Antonio1939
Manuscript map of the Caribbean island of Guadeloupe
Raggio, Antonio
$300.00Raggio--AntonioManuscript-map-of-the-Caribbean-island-of-GuadeloupeBeautiful manuscript map of Guadeloupe (Isla Guadalupe), part of the Lesser Antilles in the Caribbean Sea. Includes the Isles des Saintes and Maria Galante Island. Fine detail with rivers, mountains, and cities identified. Includes a separate matching fact sheet on the island in Spanish. Both on light card stock. <br></br> By Antonio F. Raggio as one in a series of ink and watercolor maps on cards prepared for the Exposicion Filatelica Internacional 11th Congreso de la Union Postal Universal (World Postal Congress), held in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1939. It is likely that the manuscript cards were proof drawings or models for the engraving of stamps.
4845Manuscript G.I. map from World War 2 era of Vita Levu, Fiji.DetailsAnonymous1945
WWII MS Cartoon Map of Vita Levu, Fiji Islands
$320.00AnonymousWWII-MS-Cartoon-Map-of-Vita-Levu--Fiji-IslandsArtistically produced manuscript G.I. pictorial map from World War 2 era of Fiji's largest island, Vita Levu. Full of small cartoonish drawings of island life, especially as related to the military with Div. HQ. Suva noted near Suva Bay and Natambua OCS (Officer Candidate School). <br></br> Some of the cartoons could suggest a feature in a specific geographic area on Vita Levu but other drawings seem to commemorate group events like a fishing expedition to the nearby Yasawa islands. Viewed as a graphical record of a trip to OCS, the map would document the group's arrival by cargo ship, their overland trip to the OCS by car and then train, passing an airbase; then their arrival and recreation at OCS including swimming and fishing. At mid right a grass-skirted long-haired native offers a G.I. a drink of Fiji's national beverage, Kava. <br></br> There was threat of Japanese invasion for the majority of 1942 and part of 1943, which resulted in a build up of military forces and defensive installations. However, World War 2 never reached Vita Levu or any Fijian Island in the South Pacific. In later years, Fiji was used as a forward base for the Allied forces, which resulted in the construction of transportation infrastructure, as well as an influx of Allied troops and supplies coming into the island. Dated as 1945 with the view that fishing expeditions would have been frowned upon in a potential combat theater, thus post-dates WWII.
3629Detailed mid 20th-century manuscript chart of Cape Cod.DetailsNickerson, K.F.1955
Manuscript chart of Cape Cod, Massachusetts Bay, Provincetown
Nickerson, K.F.
$450.00Nickerson--K-F-Manuscript-chart-of-Cape-Cod--Massachusetts-Bay--ProvincetownAn interesting manuscript chart of Cape Cod and Cape Cod Bay in black and red ink. Not only does the chart have a different look than a printed chart but the item raises questions as to why so much care was placed on its creation. Signed by K.F. Nickerson and dated to February 1955. <br></br> Detailed mid 20th-century manuscript chart of Cape Cod, Massachusetts Bay and Cape Cod Bay. The MS chart is drawn on the verso of an earlier chart from 1935. Nickerson apparently cannibalized an old chart simply to create his chart on the back. We don't know why Nickerson spent so much time on the chart but it is evident he spent hours meticulously copying from an unknown source. Perhaps the map was constructed for sale as a tourist keepsake. More likely it had some utility to Nickerson in his occupation, because the chart detail is at a granular level that could be used for navigation. <br></br> Contains info on radio beacons, depth soundings, maritime hazards, aids to navigation and much more. Scale 1/2 inch = 1 mile.
5085Manuscript Map the City of Bath after an earlier map by Joseph GilmoreDetailsAnonymous1970
Manuscript copy of the map City of Bath after Joseph Gilmore
$450.00AnonymousManuscript-copy-of-the-map-City-of-Bath-after-Joseph-GilmoreManuscript pen and ink (hand drawn) map of the City of Bath, England after an earlier map by Joseph Gilmore in 1731. On heavy paper. Likely mid-20th century. Differs from Gilmore's original map of Bath in that fewer buildings are shown on the border of the map. <br></br> Gilmore's original elaborate map of the city of Bath shows Bath still largely contained within its medieval walls. The map indicates the growing popularity of Bath as a destination for visitors in the early 18th century. Around the border of Gilmore's map are views of 36 lodging houses or other public buildings. The map was reissued 6 times between 1694 and 1731.