Auction 122, Lot 309

"The Empire State", Ensign, Bridgman & Fanning

Subject: New York

Period: 1865 (published)


Color: Hand Color

32.5 x 24.8 inches
82.6 x 63 cm

This fantastic and colorful map was issued as a wall map and as this example, folding. Graphically very satisfying, the sheet has numerous vignettes, fancy double borders, and colored text panels. The state map is very detailed with all counties hand colored, numerous small towns and villages, roads and railroads, and more. The birds-eye view of the Central Park is particularly well rendered in the perspective that extends to show the Hudson River and the Palisades. Other vignettes included a portrait of Henry Hudson, his ship making anchor, a tremendous railroad trestle and trail far above the Hudson, the Excelsior, plus seals and other images within the double border. The text panels explain the history of New York on the left and its government on the right. In the latter are descriptions of the Rights of Married Women, Deeds, Wills, Qualification of Voters, and the Rate of Interest that states all contracts with interest rates greater than 7 percent are void. The map is dated 1861, but a panel gives the states population according to the census of 1865. Blank verso. A most decorative and uncommon map.


Condition: B

Overall a nice example. A few insignificant spots, slight loss at a couple fold intersections, short marginal tear and some weakness or splitting along some folds, all closed on verso with archival tape.

Estimate: $200 - $300

Sold for: $325

Closed on 12/5/2007