Auction 134, Lot 269

"The State of New York from New and Original Surveys Under the Direction of J.H. French, C.E.", Smith, Robert Pearsall

Subject: New York

Period: 1860 (dated)


Color: Hand Color

73.5 x 65.8 inches
186.7 x 167.1 cm

Very handsome and detailed linen-backed wall map with decorative borders, insets, vignettes and city plans. The interesting "Time Dial" shows the time, to the second, of all county seats relative to Albany. Large insets include Long Island, Manhattan with Brooklyn, Geographical and Land Patent map of NY, and Meteorological map of NY. City plans include Albany, Schenectady, Hudson, Oswego, Syracuse, Utica, Buffalo and Rochester. Plus numerous vignettes such as Buffalo Harbor, Lake George, West Point, Niagara Falls, State Agriculture College, etc. Ristow has devoted an entire chapter to this important series of maps by French and Smith.

References: Ristow, Chapter 22, illus. 22-7.

Condition: B+

Complete with both rollers still attached. Varnish is bright and in good condition. Light water stain mostly along left margin and two small areas of loss. Overall a very nice example of this rare, large map.

Estimate: $600 - $1,000


Closed on 12/1/2010