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Auction 118, Lot 369

"Map of the City of New York, with the Latest Improvements...Corrected to 1831", Phelps, Humphrey

Subject: New York

Period: 1831 (dated)


Color: Hand Color

19.5 x 16.5 inches
49.5 x 41.9 cm

An early and very rare issue that maps the city to above 34th Street. The hand coloring ends at 14th Street except for the block around Bellevue. Voluminous information is presented in the map; streets, parks, the battery, Washington Square, Bellevue, Hudson Square, and docks along the Hudson and East Rivers. Tables at right list numerous churches by denomination, including Protestant, Presbyterian, Baptist, Reformed Dutch, Methodist, Friends, and Roman Catholic. Another table at left lists important buildings and places. City Hall buildings are named and keyed to the map. Printed and engraved by W. Hooker, Engraver and Copper Plate Printer. Printed on fine banknote style paper pasted into original red cover with gilt title and marbled paper inside. This 1831 edition is apparently an earlier, unrecorded example of this most historical pocket map, as 1832 is the earliest reference we find. Original copyright notice is "the 1st Day of July 1830."


Condition: C

Folding, as issued. Stained at left in pastedown area. With two holes with some loss to table at left, both repaired with archival tissue on verso. Archival tape on verso to support some fold splits. Cover is rubbed and abraded.

Estimate: $600 - $800

Sold for: $300

Closed on 3/6/2007