Thematic Maps

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835Rare chart of the rivers, streams, and canals of Southern France.DetailsDupain Triel, Jean-Louis1781
Antique thematic map of French rivers and canals
Dupain Triel, Jean-Louis
$3,000.00Dupain-Triel--Jean-LouisAntique-thematic-map-of-French-rivers-and-canalsA large and rare antique thematic map of the rivers, streams, and canals of France with a very fine decorative cartouche. First and only edition. In two un-joined sheets. 36" W x 37" H when joined. Very decorative title cartouche with illustration of a late 18th century river barge with a large rudder; the size probably was necessitated by a small turning angle limited to the width of the barge cabin just aft of amidships. Possibly influenced by Sanson's 1641 "Carte des rivières de la France, curieusement recherchée" but Dupain-Triel's waterways map is much larger and contains greater detail. <br></br> Une grande et rare carte thématique antique des rivières, ruisseaux et canaux de France avec un très beau cartouche décoratif. Première et unique édition. Dans deux feuilles non jointes. 36 "L x 37" H une fois joint. Cartouche titre très décorative avec illustration d'une barge fluviale. Peut-être influencé par 1641 "Carte des rivières de la France de Sanson, curieusement recherchée" mais la carte des cours d'eau Dupain-Triel est beaucoup plus grande et contient plus de détails. <br></br> Both sheets of a 2 sheet map (not joined) of France by J.L. Dupain-Triel Sr. Rare, only one holding listed in OCLC/World Cat. Only two sales recorded in the AMPR. <br></br> In 1782 Dupain-Triel paid for the typesetting and engraving of a manuscript by Marcellin du Carla that proposed the use of contour lines as a means of adding elevation information to terrestrial maps and Dupain-Triel Sr. is distinguished as the maker of the first contour map of France in 1791, based on du Carla's method. This thematic map is noteworthy in that it does not contain any contour information although it is clear that when the map was published Dupain Triel Sr. had strong interest in the topic. (Konvitz, Joseph. "Cartography in France, 1660-1848: Science, Engineering, and Statecraft". University of Chicago Press. 1987. pp. 76-80.)
568Early antique thematic population map of the United StatesDetailsPonce, Nicolas. and Godefroy, Francois.1784
Époques de l'établissement des Européens dans les États Unis
Ponce, Nicolas. and Godefroy, Francois.
$375.00Ponce--Nicolas--and-Godefroy--Francois-Époques-de-l-établissement-des-Européens-dans-les-États-UnisOne of the earliest available United States post-Revolutionary War population thematic maps, ca. 1784. Tabulates the population of the U.S. by state/territory. <br></br> Shaded geographic areas on this original antique map show the Northeast United States and the extent of the original territories of Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina west to the Mississippi River. The shaded areas are tied back to a population table at left that shows the population for each territory. States and territories at the time of publication totaled a meager 3,119,676 persons, just 1% of the total population in 2013. This tabulation pre-dates the first official census that was conducted in 1790. In that earliest census the population was estimated at 3.92 million.<br></br> At right the major ports for each state are identified and at bottom the authors provide a brief history for each state. All area west of the Mississippi River is labeled "Louisiane".<br></br> French map published in Paris c. 1784. Source: "Collection d'estampes représentant les évenemens de la guerre, pour la liberté de l'Amérique Septentionale".
1457Early chart of the Gulf Stream or "Florida Stream".DetailsGold, Joyce1804
Chart of the Supposed Course of the Florida Stream
Gold, Joyce
$400.00Gold--JoyceChart-of-the-Supposed-Course-of-the-Florida-StreamGraphically arresting thematic chart of the "Florida Stream" or Gulf Stream with its flow northwards up the east coast of the United States, well past Bermuda, and then into the North Atlantic Ocean. Direction of the Gulf Stream current is shown visually by arrows supplemented with written notations indicating the compass direction at several locations across the stream. <br></br> The map may be considered to be an example of persuasive cartography. The concept of the Gulf Stream was novel at that time (hence the "supposed"); many mariners had not fully adopted the notion when this map was published. The direction and flow of the Gulf Stream was proposed by Benjamin Franklin in 1770 based on measurements he took during voyages from the U.S. to England and France. <br></br> London Published May 31, 1804 by J. Gold, 103 Shoe Lane.
5173Map Showing the Canals Belonging to the Pennsylvania Canal Company.DetailsWierman Jr., T. T.1876
Map Showing the Canals Belonging to the Pennsylvania Canal Company.
Wierman Jr., T. T.
$1,150.00Wierman-Jr---T--T-Map-Showing-the-Canals-Belonging-to-the-Pennsylvania-Canal-Company-Manuscript thematic surveyor's map from 1876 detailing the visible hydrographic features of east central Pennsylvania with numerous rivers, creeks and canals. The map's theme is the canals belonging to the Pennsylvania Canal Company. <br></br> The map was probably used to generate blueprint copies and dates to the beginning of the decline of the Pennsylvania Canal System. In 1867, the Pennsylvania Railroad formed the Pennsylvania Canal Company using their canals to haul freight. By 1900 most Pennsylvania canal were unused, a victim of the significant financial advantage provided by the railroads <br></br> With a finely drawn compass rose with a fleur de lis skewered by a gaily festooned pointer. Also contains much detail about railroads, bridges and towns, a reflection of the company's ownership by a railroad company. <br></br> Portions of the waterways are labeled as : <div class="indenttextblocksingle"> West Branch Division Juniata Division Penna Canal Wyoming Division Pennsylvania Canal Pennsylvania Canal Union Canal </div> The map contains all or part of the following Pennsylvania counties: Blair, Center, Clynton, Huntingdon, Mifflin, Snyder, Juniata, Perry, Cumberland, York, Lancaster, Dauphin, Northumberland, Montou, Columbia, Luzerne, Lycom, Centre. <br></br> Drawn by T. T. Wierman Jr. Assistant Engineer.
5321Antique map of South Mountain And Boston Rail Road by Price.DetailsPrice, R. M.1876
Antique Map Of The South Mountain And Boston Rail Road and Connections
Price, R. M.
$350.00Price--R--M-Antique-Map-Of-The-South-Mountain-And-Boston-Rail-Road-and-ConnectionsHand-colored, antique lithographed thematic map showing the route of the South Mountain and Boston Rail Road across the states of New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Massachusetts. Colored regions of the map are labeled with names of the metals, fossil fuels or other natural resources in the vicinity of the SM&BRR route. These resources include: <div class="indenttextblocksingle"> <ul style="list-style-type: circle;"> <li>Coal</li> <li>Bituminous Coal</li> <li>Anthracite</li> <li>Iron</li> <li>Zinc</li> <li>Petroleum</li> <li>Lumber</li> </ul> </div> Incorporated in 1854, the company suffered during the Panic of 1873 and began to auction off its property between 1877 and 1880. Includes a fine large decorative title vignette showing a puffing SM&BRR locomotive pulling passenger cars out of a dark tunnel. <br></br> The map was produced by R.M. Price Jr, Chief Engineer for the railroad. Published by Reading Publishing House in 1876. <br></br> Title: "Map Of The South Mountain And Boston Rail Road & Connections showing territory passed through rail-roads and canals crossed or connected with together with mineral and geographical features of country passed through." <br></br> Inset map of the SM&BRR bridge over the Hudson River: "Bridge by which the South Mountain & Boston R.R. is to cross the Hudson River at Poughkeepsie, N.Y. A short, direct railroad route from New England to the coal, oil, and slate regions of Pennsylvania and to the west and south." <br></br> Verso includes two Pennsylvanian township maps- Washington and Heidelburg townships. Neat pencil notation on verso: John Strauss, Mrs. Strauss
5239Thematic map Coastwise Commerce North of San Francisco for 1878.DetailsU.S. Army Engineers1878
Early U.S. Flow Map Tonnage Chart of Coastwise Commerce
U.S. Army Engineers
$320.00U-S--Army-EngineersEarly-U-S--Flow-Map-Tonnage-Chart-of-Coastwise-CommerceScarce thematic <b>flow map</b> of the United States west coast: California, Oregon, and Washington. An early institutional example of a "flow map" used for the U. S. Government. The flow map was first used less than 40 years earlier by Charles-Joseph Minard after his earlier formative use line width to display the attrition of French troops during Napoleon's Russian campaign of 1812. <br></br> <div class="indenttextblocksingle"> The chart shows the volume (tonnage) of maritime trade from all points south of San Francisco to ports along the U.S. West Coast. The use for the chart was to support the decision-making process for selecting a new harbor of refuge and breakwater on the Pacific Ocean between the Strait of Juan de Fuca and San Francisco. <br></br> Tonnage Chart of Coastwise Commerce North of San Francisco -California <br></br> From "Harbor of Refuge on the Pacific Coast Appendix PP of the Annual report to the Chief of Engineers for 1881. Washington: Government Printing Office. 1881.
5364 Two heart-shaped allegorical maps of the heart by gender.DetailsAnonymous1909
Pair of manuscript allegorical Maps of the Heart, anatomically correct.
$1,700.00AnonymousPair-of-manuscript-allegorical-Maps-of-the-Heart--anatomically-correct-Two rare manuscript pen and ink anatomically-correct heart-shaped geographical guides or allegorical maps: "Map of Man's Heart" and "Map of Woman's Heart". Both maps are attributed within circular cartouches reading "Surveyed and Drawn by HUB. Scale 2 miles = 1". 1909." This style of anatomical heart-shaped maps and some of the traits are not found anywhere online. <br></br> After similar Victorian-era maps by D.W. Kellogg & Co. of Connecticut ca. 1840. Unlike this manuscript pair of maps, the Kellogg lithographs were based on a stylized and exaggerated bi-lobed conception of the heart- the "Valentine" heart that we know today. Despite the differences in wording of traits, the theme of negative stereotypes for women is the same. <br></br> Map of Man's Heart includes large areas devoted to patience, modesty, fidelity (twice), benevolence, humanity, knowledge and love. On the other hand, the Map of Woman's Heart largely features conceit, jealousy, scandal, duplicity, deceit, fickleness and avarice among other traits. The woman's heart is pierced by the "River Tongue" and surrounded on one side by the "kleptomaniac ocean" and on the other side, the "cantankerous ocean". <br></br> Seller attributes the provenance to India "it came from a nurses friendship book, she being based in Bangalore India - her name was probably MacDonald."
5190A map of saloon locations in New Haven, Connecticut form 1911.DetailsAnonymous1912
Saloon Map of New Haven Connecticut
$400.00AnonymousSaloon-Map-of-New-Haven-ConnecticutVery scarce thematic map related to the temperance movement: "Saloon Map of New Haven, Connecticut" where red dots indicate the location of saloons within the city. Left side with statistics unfavorable to the consumption of alcohol which link alcohol to many of the ills besetting New Haven at the beginning of the twentieth century. For example: <div class="indenttextblocksingle"> <ul style="list-style-type: circle;"> <li>One saloon to every 349 inhabitants.</li> <li>42 percent of New Haven's arrests are for drunkenness.</li> <li>44 percent of New Haven inmates of jail are there for drunkenness</li> <li>60 percent of New Haven children in local public institutions in 1911 due to drunkenness of parents.</li> </ul> </div> [ alcohol, temperance, prohibition, bar, pub, drinking, intoxication ]
5353Unrecorded 1920's blue-line oilfield map of Bowie County, Texas.DetailsStandard Blueprint Map and Engineering Company1925
Oilfield cadastral map of Bowie County, Texas
Standard Blueprint Map and Engineering Company
$225.00Standard-Blueprint-Map-and-Engineering-CompanyOilfield-cadastral-map-of-Bowie-County--TexasScarce, unrecorded 1920's blue-line oilfield map of Bowie County, Texas from the early Texas oil boom that started with the Spindletop discovery near Beaumont, Texas in 1901. This antique thematic map shows land owners and locations for petroleum exploration in Bowie County as well as railroads, major highways, and towns. The towns include Texarkana, Sulphur, New Boston, Malta, Fairbank, Basset, and DeKalb, Texas. <br></br> Scale 2000 varas = one inch. The vara is a Spanish unit of distance, defined in Texas since 1870 as 33 1/3 inch. Two thousand varas equal 1.052 statute miles. (Source: <br></br> A legend at upper right explains the types of oil exploration sites as: <div class="indenttextblocksingle"> <ul style="list-style-type: circle;"> <li>Producing</li> <li>Drilling</li> <li>Gas Well</li> <li>Location</li> <li>Dry Hole</li> <li>Abandoned Well</li> </ul> </div> Oil exploration or production company locations noted on the map include Bronway Oil and Gas Company, Post Office Emp. Oil and Gas Company, Texport Oil Company and DeKalb Petroleum Company. <br> Named for legendary knife fighter Jim Bowie, the county lies at the northeast corner of the state and is bordered by the Red River on the north, with Arkansas and Oklahoma across its northern boundary and Arkansas to the east. In 1920, the population of Bowie County was a bit over 39,000 persons. <br></br> Map was printed on heavy paper by the Standard Blueprint Map and Engineering Company 515 Main Street, Fort Worth Texas. Bears several red ink hand stamps that read: "Return to H. N. Harris, Fort Worth Nat'l Bank Building Fort Worth, Texas." Several lawsuits of the period reference a H.N. Harris, possibly associated with H.N. Harris Company or Inland Oil Company.
5354Unrecorded 1920's blue-line oilfield map of Atascosa County, Texas.DetailsStandard Blueprint Map and Engineering Company1925
Oilfield cadastral map of Atascosa County, Texas
Standard Blueprint Map and Engineering Company
$325.00Standard-Blueprint-Map-and-Engineering-CompanyOilfield-cadastral-map-of-Atascosa-County--Texaslarge, scarce, unrecorded 1920's blue-line oilfield map of Atascosa County, Texas from the period of the early Texas oil boom that started with the Spindletop discovery near Beaumont, Texas in 1901. This antique thematic map shows land owners and locations for petroleum exploration in Atascosa County, Texas. Noted towns include Pleasanton, Campbellton, Ditto, Poteet, Amphion, Somerset and Gallinas. Includes several manuscript notations about oil wells in pencil and red crayon. <br></br> Note: Due to the large size the posted image is a composite of two photographs stitched together. Some misalignment or fuzziness may appear at the center join line as a result of this process. <br></br> A legend explains the types of oil exploration sites as: <div class="indenttextblocksingle"> <ul style="list-style-type: circle;"> <li>Location</li> <li>Rig Up</li> <li>Drilling</li> <li>Producing</li> <li>Gas</li> <li>Dry Hole</li> <li>Abandoned Well</li> <li>Abandoned Location</li> </ul> </div> Map was printed on heavy paper by the Standard Blueprint Map and Engineering Company 515 Main Street, Fort Worth Texas in the mid-1920s. Bears several owner's red ink hand stamps that read: "Return to H. N. Harris, Fort Worth Nat'l Bank Building Fort Worth, Texas." Several lawsuits of the period reference a H.N. Harris, possibly associated with H.N. Harris Company or Inland Oil Company.
5026Map and brochure for a regatta at the Palm Beach Yacht Club, 1927.DetailsCarr and McFadden, Inc.1927
Map and Brochure for Palm Beach Regatta 1927
Carr and McFadden, Inc.
$365.00Carr-and-McFadden--Inc-Map-and-Brochure-for-Palm-Beach-Regatta-1927Map (9" x 12") and booklet for the Washington's Birthday Regatta on Lake Worth. Palm Beach Yacht Club, 1927. Florida. Map shows the course of the Regatta races. Very scarce. <br></br> 33 pages with advertisements, race rules, race history, and members of the Palm Beach Regatta Association. <br></br> Map drawn by Carr & McFadden, Inc. Civil Engineers in West Palm Beach Florida.
5027Interesting mid-WWII (1943) radio reference map.DetailsWholesale Radio Laboratories1943
Radio Reference Map of the United States
Wholesale Radio Laboratories
$400.00Wholesale-Radio-LaboratoriesRadio-Reference-Map-of-the-United-StatesInteresting, large mid-WWII (1943) map of listening stations and the territory of the nine radio districts in the United States published by Wholesale Radio Laboratories. During WWII all amateur radio stations were forbidden to transmit, although listening was still permitted. Note, map is complete with neatline and margin all around. <br></br> Bottom of map is filled with four diagrams of the United Sates showing location of broadcast stations for the chief networks of the period: The Blue Network, Mutual Broadcasting System, Columbia Broadcasting System (CBS), and National Broadcasting Company (NBC). Includes tables of radio-related data: List of Standard (AM) Broadcast Stations, World Leading Shortwave Stations, and Experimental Frequency Modulation (FM) Stations. <br></br> Ad copy reads "For everything in radio write to Leo, W9GFQ". W9GFQ was the amateur call sign (unique identifier) for Leo I. Meyerson (d. 2011) whose picture appears on the sheet. Meyerson founded Wholesale Radio Laboratories, later called World Radio Labs.
5272Map of existing and prospective analog broadcast television stations.DetailsBennett, Philip A.1949
Earliest U.S. Government map television stations and networks
Bennett, Philip A.
$1,250.00Bennett--Philip-A-Earliest-U-S--Government-map-television-stations-and-networksThe earliest official large-format map of U.S. television stations and networks from the infancy of TV advertising. By U.S. Department of Commerce Industrial Economist Philip A. Bennet and printed by the U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey in July, 1949. At the time of publication in 1949 the map clearly shows that numerous states were without a single operating TV station including: Nevada, Idaho, Montana, Colorado, Kansas, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, South Carolina, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine. <br></br> This map is scarce outside of institutional holdings. No copy of the map or record of the sale of this television map is found online. Price when issued 35 cents. <br></br> In January 1948, less than 200,000 TV sets existed in the U.S. This map documents the early distribution of broadcast TV stations, pre-dating the phenomenal growth of the industry. The map was and is important because the geographical distribution of TV stations impacted the size of the television market while TV networks served to lower the cost of content production. <br></br> Shows the 75 existing and 42 prospective analog broadcast television stations and <b>network routes</b> in the United States. Compiled and printed by the U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey (Department of Commerce) to the specifications of Philip A. Bennet, General Products Division of the Office of Domestic Commerce. <br></br> See also Gould in NYT:
5148Chart with most common routes utilized by sailing ships.DetailsSomerville, Boyle T.1950
Chart of routes used by ocean-going sailing ships.
Somerville, Boyle T.
$200.00Somerville--Boyle-T-Chart-of-routes-used-by-ocean-going-sailing-ships-Large, colorful thematic nautical chart showing the most common routes utilized by sailing ships and the season of year each route was commonly used. The chart was compiled by Rear Admiral Boyle T. Somerville to illustrate routes described in the publication "Ocean Passages", 1950. Color is used to indicate both the direction and time of year routes are taken while the width of lines indicate the geographical limits of typical tracks taken by sailing vessels. <br></br> Issued by the British Admiralty in April 1946 under the under the superintendence of Rear-Admiral A.G.N. Wyatt, Hydrographer. Last correction in 1950.
4935Matthew Maury's scarce thematic chart of whale sightings.DetailsMaury, Matthew Fontaine1960
Maury's Whale Chart 4th Edition
Maury, Matthew Fontaine
$1,500.00Maury--Matthew-FontaineMaury-s-Whale-Chart-4th-EditionRare thematic chart of reported whale sightings by geographic area, whale species, and relative number of sightings. An early example of the graphical display of quantitative information for decision making. <br></br> Matthew Maury's Whale Chart, was first issued by the United States Bureau of Ordnance & Hydrography in 1851. This is the fourth (4th.) edition, from the United State Hydrographical Office in the 1960s. <br/></br/> Upper top left position with logo of eagle over an anchor surrounded by text: "United States Hydrographical Office". Top right position reads "Catalog: Introduction. Part 1.". Bottom right position reads "Price 50 cents / H.O. Miscel. No. 8514" Mid-20th-century electrotype on wove paper. This instance of Maury's whale chart carries two unknown blue ink accession hand stamps in the far bottom right margin: "June 23, 1969." and "Accession no. [in MS] 763." <br></br> Shows best whaling areas and migration patterns for sperm whales and right whales, as well as the most densely populated areas and areas of "Straggling" Sperm Whales and Right Whales.
5346Pictorial map with estates or homes in Talbot County, Maryland.DetailsKellogg, Charles W.1960
Pictorial Map of Seats on Talbot County Waterways
Kellogg, Charles W.
$480.00Kellogg--Charles-W-Pictorial-Map-of-Seats-on-Talbot-County-WaterwaysScarce pictorial thematic map with more than 80 historic estates (seats) near Chesapeake Bay in Talbot County, Maryland. Each estate is numbered and keyed to a list with the names of their owners. Small elevation drawings of each estate provide a rough idea of how the estate looked in 1960. The map includes some old historic points of interest in Talbot County such as the old Wye Church and Friends Meeting House. <br></br> The large waterways shown on this estate map include the Wye River, Miles River, Harris Creek, Broad Creek, Tred Avon River, and Choptank River. Smaller waterways include among others, Goldsborough Creek, Leeds Creek, Island Creek, and Trappe's Creek. Towns in Talbot County include St. Michaels, Easton, Oxford, Queen Anne, and Trappe. <br></br> Map Title: "Seats on Talbot County Waterways Chesapeake Bay." By Charles W. Kellogg. Updated edition from 1960 of a map that Kellogg first published in 1949. Charles Kellogg's own estate on Skipton Creek, numbered as #1 was "Langshaws". <br></br> Several of the seats listed in Talbot County in 1960 are found today in the National Register of Historic Places. <div class="indenttextblocksingle"> <ul style="list-style-type: circle;"> <li>The Anchorage: Easton. Robert L. Kemp</li> <li>Compton: Trappe. Charles F.C. Arensberg</li> <li>Otwell: Oxford. J. E. Jackson</li> <li>Troth's Fortune: Easton. Frederick S. Thomas</li> <li>Wye House. Easton. Morgan B. Schiller</li> </ul> </div>
5145Florida Population map for 1991 by Kiplinger.DetailsKiplinger Washington Editors, Inc.1991
Florida Population map for 1991
Kiplinger Washington Editors, Inc.
$100.00Kiplinger-Washington-Editors--Inc-Florida-Population-map-for-1991Colorful, poster sized, Florida Population Map for 1991 produced for The Kiplinger Florida Letter. The map shows county forecasts for population growth in 1996 and 2001 in the State of Florida. Kiplinger forecast that the population of Florida would grow from 13.2 million to 16 million in 2001, a 21% increase. Kiplinger is a Washington, D.C.-based publisher of business forecasts and personal finance advice. <br></br> Includes four population tables and text. Price when issued was $5.00. <br></br> Clearly marked as "Not to be used for navigation."