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Rare 1775 Map of Boston  

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Plan of Boston [in] Hutchin's Improved: Being an Almanack and Ephemeris ... For the Year of Our Lord 1776...

Hutchin's, John Nathan

New York

Hugh Gaine



44 (of 48) pp. Lacking final two leaves. Anatomy plate, and woodcut Plan of Boston. (12mo) 17.5x10.5 cm (7x4¼") stitched.

Contains the Resolution of Congress, July 28, 1775, on the necessity of making gunpowder in the colonies, signed in print by John Hancock, with a recipe for gunpowder on the reverse of the map. The map, titled a "Plan of Boston" details Boston's Shawmut Peninsula and with a smaller inset of the greater Boston area. Both maps appear to be based on the "New and Correct Plan of the Town of Boston and Provincial Camp", which appeared in the Pennsylvania Magazine for July, 1775. A very rare almanac, no copies at auction since 1924 where it was already described as "very rare". OCLC locates only 7 copies.

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Worn, lacking the final two leaves [H1-2] and a portion of the three preceding leaves [G2-4], one additional leaf [E2] is lacking a horizontal strip near the center, the map is a bit worn at the upper right corner; fair only but very rare.

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