Auction 136, Lot 322

"A Plan of the City and Environs of New York in North America", Anon.

Subject: New York City, New York

Period: 1776 (published)

Publication: Universal Magazine

Color: Black & White

14.5 x 11.3 inches
36.8 x 28.7 cm

This uncommon, Revolutionary War era map was published in November 1776 to inform the British public of the growing conflict. The cartography is a compilation of the Montresor (1766) and Ratzen (1767) maps, but with some new additions and details, including the addition of the name Delaney's New Square to an area near the Collect Pond (labeled here Fresh Water) that is surrounded by blocks of New Buildings not Finished. The square is shown on the Ratzen map as the Great Square, and by the 1780s it is filled with buildings. The map names many streets and roads, including Broadway and the Road to King's Bridge where the Rebels mean to make a Stand, which runs parallel to Road to Kepps Bay where the Kings Troops Landed. It also includes details of wharves, ferries, public buildings, some industries, orchards, gardens, fields, houses (including some resident's names), Fort George, and the battery. The map is accompanied by a four page article from The Universal Magazine for November 1776 with references to the names of various locations on the map. The article discusses Impolitic Laws made in England to the Detriment of the Americans - Some Acts in their Favour - Americans associate to support their own Manufactures - The bad Consequences of these Proceedings prophesied at that Time - Sir Robert Walpole's Opinion of American Taxation - Remarks on the King's Speech in 1765 - Conduct of Mr. Grenville to the Colony Agents. The end of the article mentions the fire of September 19, 1775, in which almost 1,500 houses were burnt down, allegedly by the Americans.

References: Jolly UNIV-177; Nebenzahl (Biblio) #114; Sellers & Van Ee #1110.

Condition: B+

Issued folded, now flattened, with some minor offsetting.

Estimate: $1,500 - $1,800

Sold for: $1,900

Closed on 6/1/2011