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  • The Famouse West Indian voyadge made by the Englishe fleet… [Object]

    First map from Walter Biggs' 'A Summarie and True Discourse of Sir Francis Drake's West Indian Voyage'. Anti-Spanish feeling in England was running high in 1585. As a consequence, Sir...

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  • The Indians of Florida Worship the Column (plate VIII) from ‘America Part II (Florida)’ [Object]

    Based on the only surviving watercolour by Jacques Le Moyne this engraving depicts the French commander René de Laudonnière being welcomed by Chief Athore during the second expedition to Florida....

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  • Uria Brunnichi [Object]

    Uria Brunnichii. Plate CCXLV. (Thick-billed Murre: Uria lomvia) While in Boston, Audubon obtained this adult bird from Eastport, Maine, packed in ice; he described this specimen as being 'fresh and...

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  • Kittiwake Gull [Object]

    This is plate CCXXIV (Black-legged Kittiwake: Rissa tridactyla) from John James Audubon's book 'Birds of America'. The gull breeds from Siberia and Baffin Island to Kamchatka and Gulf of St...

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  • General Sir Henry Clinton [Object]

    Sir Henry Clinton, British officer and diplomat, was born in Newfoundland and educated in Britain. He distinguished himself along with Generals William Howe and John Burgoyne at the Battle of...

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  • Plan of Cartagena (Columbia) [Object]

    According to the compass rose, this map is ‘upside down’ with south at the top. The city of Cartagena is described as ‘a most convenient port for merchants trading between...

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  • Plan of Santo Domingo, Hispaniola (Dominican Republic) [Object]

    All four plans of the cities raided by Sir Francis Drake during his 1585–86 expedition to the West Indies have keys to the letters marked in various spots; these narrate...

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  • Plan of St. Augustine (Florida) [Object]

    With north at right, Boazio’s bird’s-eye view is the first printed map of a city in what was to become the United States. St Augustine had in fact been built...

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  • King Duck [Object]

    435 plates – depicting 1,065 specimens – were included in the complete folio of Audubon’s Birds of America. Sold by subscription, the first folios were produced on ‘double-elephant’ paper (29½...

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  • Poems by Oscar Wilde (4th edition) [Object]

    Oscar Wilde gave this copy of his poems to Varina Davis, second wife of Confederate President Jefferson Davis. Inside the book is an inscription by Wilde, ‘To Mrs Jefferson Davis...

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