Newport, Rhode Island- August, 1873

Though we've yet to construct a proper time machine, we can offer clients a glimpse of bygone Augusts with such ephemeral treasures as: A Plan of Cherbourg Forts & Batteries, taken by the English in August of 1759; a cheering crowd, August 1873, at the finish at the Harvard-Yale Regatta; some dapper Columbia College chaps, August 1878; Polo at the Rockaway Hunting Club, August 1895; some rather bored-looking spectators at a New York Yacht Club regatta, also in August of 1895; cyclists on the cover of Harper's Weekly, August 1896; and an Official Program for the Old Home Week Celebration in Orleans, MA, in August of 1921.

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The Constellations, July, August, September. - 1856
Explore August's namesake with a Genealogical, Historical and Chronological Map of the Roman Empire, from Augustus, B.C. 31, to Constantine the Great, A.D. 306. No. 20., circa 1842! Admire St. Augustine with a 1854 Map of Florida! Marvel at the landmarks on our 1885 map of Augusta, Maine; the State House, the Arsenal, an Old Ladies Home, the Kennebec Journal, & even the Maine Insane Hospital! Lastly, let us not forget Connecticut's native georgrapher, Samuel Augustus Mitchell. Whether you're in the market for a state, regional, national, continental, or world map, Augustus Mitchell has you covered!

Bastille Day En France
On July 14, Bastille Day, the French celebrate their independence from the Monarchy and the beginning of the French Revolution.  We have many maps of France that predate the Revolution, in some cases by centuries, such as Strabo's 1542 Tabula Galliae, France. Our more recent maps of France such as the 1826 piece by Finley, pictured above, outline each department.

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Plan of Boston, 1867, drawn by H.M. Wrightman and printed by Meisel
Notable, newly-acquired, and of local interest, these maps won't likely stay in our shop for long! The beauty pictured above has been professionally cleaned and flattened. The hand-coloring is original, and it was colored by ward. It includes South Boston and East Boston, with streets and wharves labeled. We also have a Meisel map of nearby Dorchester. What fabulous finds for our Boston friends! The last of this month's featured Meisel maps shows the still small Cape Cod village of Cataumet in 1874.  It shows the harbor, Great Island, Lawrence Island, Current River, Squeteague Bay, and Moganset Lake.


19th century chart case? You decide!
Maps of Antiquity owner, Rob Zaremba, simply couldn't pass up this singular receptical, which he assumed was an antique chart case. When he got it back to the map shop, however, he found that, at 29 inches long and 8 inches in diameter, it's just a bit too diminutive for most of our antique nautical charts! With narrow fluted sides, turned pine ends, block board legs, and snipe hinges, it certainly is an example of fine antique woodworking. There's just one question-- what exactly is it? If you have a guess, drop us a line and let us know!

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