Catalog Archive
Auction 132, Lot 274

"Map of the State of New York with Parts Adjacent", Willetts, Jacob

Subject: New York

Period: 1815 (published)


Color: Hand Color

27.7 x 23.3 inches
70.4 x 59.2 cm

This rare map was engraved by Jas. D. Stout and published in Paraclete Potter, Poughkeepsie. Mounted on linen in 24 segments, the map details early roads, settlements, counties, and watershed. The map is an improvement on de Witt's 1804 map, the best available until this map's publication. This beautifully engraved and colored map was nonetheless a commercial failure resulting in very few copies sold and today only two prior recorded sales are evident. The map is accompanied by the booklet "Jacob Willetts Quaker, Abolitionist, Teacher and his Map of the State of New York 1815" by Mark Babinski, 2005.


Condition: B+

This is a very nice example, dissected in 24 sections and backed with the original linen. Housed in a modern clamshell red cloth box. Slight separation of linen at one fold intersection.

Estimate: $3,000 - $4,000

Sold for: $1,800

Closed on 6/2/2010