Auction 119, Lot 318

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

Subject: New York City

Period: 1831 (dated)


Color: Hand Color

20.5 x 16.7 inches
52.1 x 42.4 cm

A rare, very early issue of this map of the tip of Manhattan that extends to above Thirty-Fourth Street. The hand coloring ends at Fourteenth Street. The streets, parks, Battery, Washington Square, Bellevue, Hudson Square, and docks along the Hudson and East Rivers are among the voluminous information presented in the map. Tables at right list numerous churches by denomination, including Protestant, Presbyterian, Baptist, Reformed Dutch, Methodist, Friends, and Roman Catholic. The table at left lists important buildings and places, and City Hall buildings are named and keyed to the map. Printed and engraved by W. Hooker, Engraver and Copper Plate Printer on fine banknote style paper pasted into original red cover with gilt title and beautiful marbled paper inside. A most historical pocket map, and the earliest of this edition that we have seen.


Condition: B

Good impression with original color. A little offsetting visible in blank areas, as well as a couple small stains. A few fold separations that have reinforced on the verso with archival tape.

Estimate: $700 - $900

Sold for: $1,000

Closed on 5/9/2007