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Secunda etas mundi = Secunda etas mũdi

Secunda etas mundi = Secunda etas mũdi

Although published just as news of Christopher Columbus's discoveries was beginning to spread, this was the last noteworthy world map to be produced without any indication of the New World. This depiction of th... More

Altar hanging

Altar hanging

Metal and fabric thread brocade, metallic fringe with metal sequin and appliqued [orphey] on red velvet lined with silk or linen. Orphey is a cloudburst with swan feeding 3 cygnets. Courtesy of First Parish in Brookline

Uniuersalior cogniti orbis tabula ex recentibus confecta obseruationibus

Uniuersalior cogniti orbis tabula ex recentibus confecta obseruationib...

In 1507, the same year that Martin Waldseemüller issued three works announcing the existence of a new continent which he named America, Johann Ruysch published a totally different world map. This rendition, wh... More

World map

World map

As the first map printed in two colors, this is a monument to map printing. The place names in capital letters were printed in red ink by means of type set into the woodblocks. The decorative windheads, zodiaca... More

Orbis typus uniuersalis iuxta hydrographorum traditionem

Orbis typus uniuersalis iuxta hydrographorum traditionem

Waldseemüller may have had second thoughts about his 1507 proposal for naming the new continent "America." In 1513, he issued a fourth publication, a new edition of Claudius Ptolemy's Geographia. In it he incl... More

Tipus orbis uniuersalis iuxta Ptolomei cosmographi traditionem et Americi Vespucii alior[um]que

Tipus orbis uniuersalis iuxta Ptolomei cosmographi traditionem et Amer...

Although in his later publications Waldseemüller apparently retracted his depiction of a separate continent named America, other publishers quickly accepted his initial concept and imitated the shapes and nome... More

World map

World map

Bordonne, a cartographer and engraver working in Venice, was best known for his isolario or book of islands. First published in 1528, his book included 111 wood cut maps of islands. The world map, a simple outl... More

Typus cosmographicus uniuersalis

Typus cosmographicus uniuersalis

Decorated with sea monsters, mermaids, exotic animals, and cannibals, this wood cut map provides a marked contrast to the simplistic diagrams considered the earliest printed world maps. While the latter present... More

Noua, et integra vniuersi orbis descriptio

Noua, et integra vniuersi orbis descriptio

Fine, an eminent French cartographer, created this unique double cordiform or heart-shaped projection, emphasizing the northern and southern hemispheres. The European, Asian and African continents were prominen... More

Quam hic vides orbis imagine[m] lector ca[n]dide ea[m] ut posteriore[m] ita & eme[n]datiorem ijs que hactenus circu[m]ferebantur esse America sarmatiaq[ue] ac India testantur .. lemei expectato vale

Quam hic vides orbis imagine[m] lector ca[n]dide ea[m] ut posteriore[m...

The Italian engraver and publisher, Antonio Salamanca, produced this finely engraved world map utilizing the double cordiform projection (heart shaped). Salamanca’s engraving was based on a 1538 map published b... More

Tierra nueua

Tierra nueua

Ruscelli's map of northeastern North America appeared in his 1561 edition of Claudius Ptolemy's "Geographia". The map was based on a smaller 1548 map by Giacomo Gastaldi, who took much of his information from t... More

La Nuoua Francia

La Nuoua Francia

This map, among the earliest separate maps of northeastern North America, was primarily based on the voyages that were taken by Giovanni da Verrazano for the French in 1524. His discoveries confirmed the contin... More

Americae siue noui orbis, noua descriptio

Americae siue noui orbis, noua descriptio

Ortelius's map of the Americas was one of the most identifiable and most famous cartographic representations of the western hemisphere created during the Golden Age of Dutch Cartography. It enjoyed great popula... More

Uniuersi orbis seu terreni globi in plano effigies

Uniuersi orbis seu terreni globi in plano effigies

Created during Shakespeare's lifetime, this map illustrates the late 16th-century concept of the world. Europe and the Mediterranean regions were well understood and confidently mapped, along with Africa and As... More

Die gantze Welt in ein Kleberblat, welches in der Stadt Hannover, meines lieben Vaterlandes Wapen

Die gantze Welt in ein Kleberblat, welches in der Stadt Hannover, mein...

Depicting the world as a cloverleaf, this cartographic curiosity reflects the traditional Medieval world view of three continents. Since it was published in the late-16th century long after the New World discov... More

Americae siue noui orbis, noua descriptio

Americae siue noui orbis, noua descriptio

In 1587, Ortelius revised the map of the Americas that appeared in his Theatrum Orbis Terrarum. The changes found on this second edition are more extensive than generally thought, and are evidence of the care t... More

Hemispheriu[m] ab aequinoctiali linea, ad circulu[m] Poli Arctici : Hemispheriu[m] ab aequinoctiali linea, ad circulu[m] Poli Atarctici

Hemispheriu[m] ab aequinoctiali linea, ad circulu[m] Poli Arctici : He...

During the Golden Age of Dutch Cartography, many world maps were composed of two hemispheres, one for each of the Eastern and Western Hemispheres. However, this elaborately decorated world map projected the wor... More

Orbis terrarum typus de integro multis in locis emendatus

Orbis terrarum typus de integro multis in locis emendatus

As was fairly common during the Golden Age of Dutch Cartography, this map projects the world on two hemispheres - Eastern and Western. It was the first richly decorated map of the period and influenced the art ... More

Norumbega et Virginia

Norumbega et Virginia

Wytfliet's publication was essentially the first atlas devoted solely to the Americas. It consisted of a world map, 18 regional maps, and a text on the discovery, natural history, and geography of the New World... More

Pedemontivm

Pedemontivm

Pedemontanae Vicinorvque Courtesy of Phillips Academy Andover

Pedemontivm

Pedemontivm

Pedemontanae Vicinorvque Courtesy of Phillips Academy Andover

Secretary/desk open

Secretary/desk open

This desk is in two pieces, which were built at separate times in the early 1800s (circa 1810) by Topsfield resident David Towne. It is made of birch and maple predominantly. David Towne learned his trade from ... More

Secretary/desk closed

Secretary/desk closed

This desk is in two pieces, which were built at separate times in the early 1800s (circa 1810) by Topsfield resident David Towne. It is made of birch and maple predominantly. David Towne learned his trade from ... More

Geographica restituta per globi trientes

Geographica restituta per globi trientes

Displaying the known world of the early 17th century as a triptych, with the map divided into three segments or gores, was very uncommon during the Golden Age of Dutch cartography. However, such a format was co... More

New England : the most remarqueable parts thus named by the high and mighty Prince Charles, prince of great Britaine

New England : the most remarqueable parts thus named by the high and m...

Based on John Smith's 1614 voyage along the New England coast, this is the first printed map devoted specifically to this region. It is also the first to use the name “New England” for an area that had up until... More

New France, New Englande, New Scotlande, and New Foundlande

New France, New Englande, New Scotlande, and New Foundlande

Alexander, one of the leading members of the Council of New England and the first Viscount of Canada, had been given large grants of land by James I and Charles I of England. He proposed a system for the coloni... More

Carte de la Nouuelle France, augmentée depuis la derniere, seruant a la navigation faicte en son vray Meridien

Carte de la Nouuelle France, augmentée depuis la derniere, seruant a ...

France's territorial claims in North America, which initially focused on the St. Lawrence River Valley and the Great Lakes, can be traced to Samuel de Champlain's explorations and trading activities in that reg... More

Nova Belgica et Anglia Nova

Nova Belgica et Anglia Nova

This elaborately decorated map is based on the 1614 explorations of Adrian Block, a fur trader working for the Dutch, who sailed from the north shore of Long Island to explore the southern coast of New England.... More

Noua Anglia, Nouum Belgium, et Virginia

Noua Anglia, Nouum Belgium, et Virginia

Covering the eastern portion of North America's coastline from North Carolina to Nova Scotia, this influential map appeared in English, German, Latin, Dutch, and French editions of world atlases published by Ho... More

Noua totius terrarum orbis geographica ac hydrographica tabula

Noua totius terrarum orbis geographica ac hydrographica tabula

First published in 1606, Blaeu's world map is one of the foremost examples of ornamentation and decoration during the Golden Age of Dutch cartography. This map had a long life, and was reissued numerous times, ... More

Noua totius terrarum orbis geographica ac hydrographica tabula

Noua totius terrarum orbis geographica ac hydrographica tabula

Ornately decorated and beautifully colored, this world map epitomizes the baroque style favored during the Golden Age of Dutch cartography. The map was prepared in 1630 by Henricus Hondius, who had joined in pa... More

Belgii Novi, Angliae Novae, et partis Virginiae : novissima delineatio

Belgii Novi, Angliae Novae, et partis Virginiae : novissima delineatio

Printed at the peak of the Golden Age of Dutch Cartography, this famous and influential map of the northeastern coast of North America was flattered by no fewer than twenty-seven copies published in Holland, En... More

Novi Belgii, Novaeque Angliae nec non partis Virginiae tabula

Novi Belgii, Novaeque Angliae nec non partis Virginiae tabula

This is an early re-issue of the influential map of northeastern North America, first published by Jan Jansson in 1651. While Visscher copied much of Jansson's original map, he did invert several decorative det... More

Pas caarte van Nieu Nederlandt

Pas caarte van Nieu Nederlandt

A rare map published in Colom's "Zee Atlas" is recognized as one of the first navigational charts of New Netherlands. The chart covers the North American coast line from Cape Hatteras on the southwest to Cape C... More

Noua orbis terrarum delineatio singulari ratione accommodata meridiano tabb. Rudolphi astronomicarum

Noua orbis terrarum delineatio singulari ratione accommodata meridiano...

In this striking image, the world is portrayed on one full circle (or hemisphere), which is flanked by two half circles. This unusual geometrical configuration is embraced by a double-headed eagle. Realizing th... More

Carta particolare della Nuoua Belgia è parte della Nuoua Anglia

Carta particolare della Nuoua Belgia è parte della Nuoua Anglia

Compiled by an Englishman but published in Italy, this was the earliest printed sailing chart showing New England. It appeared in Dudley's marine atlas, which was the first such atlas made of charts drawn on th... More

A mapp of New England

A mapp of New England

A foundation in the early history of the mapping of New England, this map is the first printed version of William Reed's original survey of 1665. The survey was commissioned by Massachusetts authorities to supp... More

A chart of the coast of America from New found Land to Cape Cod

A chart of the coast of America from New found Land to Cape Cod

Published in Seller's Atlas Maritimus, the earliest general marine atlas produced in England, this was the first English chart of New England waters. It clearly shows the northern navigation routes with soundin... More

A map of New England and New York

A map of New England and New York

This beautifully engraved and colored map represents an English version of the Jansson-Visscher series of maps of northeastern North America. Since it was published shortly after the expulsion of the Dutch from... More

A map of New-England, being the first that ever was here cut, and done by the best pattern that could be had, which being in some places defective, it made the other less exact; yet does it sufficiently shew the scituation of the country, and conveniently well the distance of places

A map of New-England, being the first that ever was here cut, and done...

Based on a 1665 survey by William Reed, this is the earliest map drawn, engraved and printed in North America. The survey was commissioned by the government of Massachusetts to justify the colony's northern and... More

Wayland road book

Wayland road book

Extracts from the Wayland MA town records concerning county roads, proprietors’ roads, and town roads that cover the time period 1683 to 1909 has been gathered in one volume. Notes such as the "Masters Brook wa... More

Pas-kaart vande zee kusten inde boght van Niew Engeland : tusschen de staaten Hoek en C. de Sable

Pas-kaart vande zee kusten inde boght van Niew Engeland : tusschen de ...

Published by the leading Dutch producer of navigational aids, this chart of New England is unlike any other of the region. It was the only Dutch chart of the colony published in the 17th century. Near the end o... More

A new map of New England, New York, New Iarsey, Pensilvania, Maryland and Virginia

A new map of New England, New York, New Iarsey, Pensilvania, Maryland ...

England's widening sphere of influence in eastern North America is reflected on a late 17th century map published in London. By this time, the British had extended their territorial claims from the original Che... More

A mappe of a certaine tract of land lying within the limits of Watertown, called Nonsuch, the whole containing 1107 acres; the pond abated

A mappe of a certaine tract of land lying within the limits of Waterto...

Shows boundaries of Dedham and Sudbury, John Woodward and Barnett, Jenisons’ farm and middow mears [ meadow of shallow lake]. Shows brooks, lakes and various acreage of plots of meadows, land and ponds. List “e... More

Boston Harbour in New England

Boston Harbour in New England

This is the first printed chart of Boston Harbor. It appeared only in the 1689 and 1698 editions of The English Pilot, The Fourth Book. Seller's publication became the most popular navigational manual for ships... More

A new mapp of New England and Annapolis and the countrys adjacent

A new mapp of New England and Annapolis and the countrys adjacent

As an example of early English mapping of the British Colonies in North America, Browne's map shows the northeastern part of the continent from the St. Lawrence River to the Chesapeake Bay. Interestingly, the m... More

Top of tomahawk

Top of tomahawk

This top of a tomahawk was found buried in the yard at 108 West Main Street, which had been the Blue Anchor Tavern, reminding the current residents that there had been several raids in the area in the 1700s. Cy... More

An exact mapp of New England and New York

An exact mapp of New England and New York

Recognized as the first 18th century map of New England, this map was used to illustrate Cotton Mather's famous history of the Bay Colony, "Magnalia Christi Americana: or the Ecclesiastical History of New Engla... More

A new survey of the harbour of Boston in New England : done by order of the principall officers and comissioners of Her Maties. navy

A new survey of the harbour of Boston in New England : done by order o...

New suruey of the harbour of Boston in New England Courtesy of Private Collection

Map 1709-1829

Map 1709-1829

Map showing present location of interesting and historic Brookline Houses and estates. Courtesy of Public Library of Brookline

A chart of the sea coast of New Foundland, New Scotland, New England, New York, New Jersey, with Virginia and Maryland

A chart of the sea coast of New Foundland, New Scotland, New England, ...

First published in 1689, John Thornton's chart of the north Atlantic seacoast illustrates the type of nautical charts available to navigators in the Fourth Book of the English Pilot, which was the standard reso... More