April 2022
Hello, Map Friends!
The daffodils are out on Cape Cod!

We had a bit of a gale yesterday but that didn't stop the sunny smiling faces of the daffodils from providing their particular joy. Soon the leaves will begin to pop out and seemingly overnight all will be lustrously green. This is a wonderful time to be on the Cape.
We are planning to send slightly more frequent, but shorter, emails beginning in May. You currently receive one email per month from us, and we expect to send two per month, if we can manage it. If you would prefer not to get more frequent emails, just let us know- there is a poll at the bottom of this email (gmail users: you may need to click "view entire message"). But be warned that you might miss seeing some very interesting antique maps!

Below we shall highlight some exciting new maps, but you can always visit our Newly Listed Maps section to see everything from the past month or so. We have a Great Maps - Super Deals category that offers our discounted items. And don't forget that we also have a category specifically for maps under $100!
If you are looking for something specific, we recommend using the search function or the "Filter By" function on the left side above the listings to search within a category.

It's a map... in a cane!

This 1940s cane has a delightful secret- hidden below the handle is a pull-out pictorial map of Boston! It was made for the American Legion Convention in 1940 by the In-A-Cane company. The blue line shows the route of the American Legion Parade. This clever and convenient cane puts the city at your fingertips, and looks quite dapper to boot.
Rare Early Chart of Narragansett Bay

This chart is the result of the first systematic survey of Narragansett Bay in the 19th century and is far more detailed than earlier surveys and charts. It was drawn by Alex S. Wadsworth, engraved by W.J. Stone, and published c. 1832. It includes navigational information such as soundings, hazards, and lighthouses with additional detail of topography, islands, beaches, vegetation, marshes, ferry landings, and more.

Long Island Items
We are pleased to have some new and returning maps of Long Island!
This 1961 edition of Courtland Smith's Long Island pictorial map is sure to please. It is framed in a handsome vintage frame. This map was originally published in 1933 and re-issued by the company in 1961. Delightful illustrations populate the land and ocean, and the decorative border is filled with detail.
This rare untitled antique chart of Long Island was drawn and published by Charles Copley in 1860. It features inset maps of Massachusetts Bay, which includes Boston and part of Cape Cod and Cape Ann, the East River Entrance to New York which shows Manhattan with the yet-to-be-completed Central Park, and Hell Gate. This detailed blueback chart will make a stunning statement.
This 1849 reprint by Pease from the Documentary History of New York is of a map first published in 1779 . The original was done by French-born surveyor Claude Joseph Sauthier, who produced many manuscript maps of New York and Staten Island during the early years of the Revolution, and published by William Faden. Sauthier compiled this map between 1771 and 1774 under the direction of the British Governor of New York. This detailed map includes natural features and topography, boundaries, roads and establishments such as houses, taverns, and forts.
Pictorial Indiana
This colorful map is a celebration of Hoosier history and lore. It features the locations of historical events and points of interest, including an early depiction of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Lincoln’s boyhood home and important battle sites. This map has a trompe l'oeil frame- the printed design includes a frame to make it look like the map is already framed.
Wonderful Wall Maps

These mid-19th Century maps were made to document those who pay tax; all home owners names are included, providing us with rich historical information to study. It is fascinating to see what your town was like over 150 years ago- how much farmland there was, the location of the trotting park, or the ice collection on the pond. And yet so much is still recognizable. Our collection of wall maps is even larger than what you can see online. Just ask if you are looking for a certain location (New England, New York, or the entire United States). We have approximately 50 wall maps that are worthy of restoration.
This handsome map of Medford by Walling, 1855, shows named roads, topography, property owners' names, the area that would become the southern part of the Middlesex Fells Reservation, and more. It includes Tufts University, when it was still just a small college. This map is on rods- it could be displayed in a shadow box frame, or removed from the rods and framed
This scarce map of New Bedford, MA, is rarely available for sale. It can currently only be found in the collections of Harvard and Princeton. It was drawn from original surveys by J.C. Sidney, published by Collins & Clark, and printed by Wagner & McGuigan, in 1850. This historically important map reflects the detail of America's premier whaling port at the time of Melville's Moby Dick. In original antique condition, this map is hand-colored by ward and includes street names, property owners of the time, and the many wharves of this important whaling town. There are numerous illustrations of notable buildings, including City Hall, the Court House, the Customs House, Wamsutta Mills, and several churches.
Other Exciting New Additions
Cape Cod Nautical Charts
And so much more!
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Our shop is currently open Tuesday - Saturday 10am - 5pm We are closed Sundays and Mondays until May 1st. We will update our hours on our website and Google at that time.
You can shop online any day, any time: mapsofantiquity.com 
Or give us a call at: 508-945-1660

If you or your loved-ones need accommodations, send them over to our converted 18th century farmhouse, Chatham Guest Rooms. We have been very well reviewed on TripAdvisor!

Do you need a getaway?  The summer is booking up quickly! Make sure you make your reservations early for summer travel on Cape Cod!
If you visit the Cape, we recommend you stay in one of our rooms at Chatham Guest Rooms! The rates are reasonable and you will be staying in the building that is home to Maps of Antiquity! You can pop in to look at maps quite easily during business hours. We rent rooms year 'round!