Auction 146, Lot 245

"[Lot of 2] Liquordom in New York City [and] Map of New York City to Accompany "the Temperance Movement or the Conflict Between Man & Alcohol"",

Subject: New York City, New York

Period: 1883-86 (dated)

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This is an unusual and fascinating piece produced by the Church Temperance Society, founded by the Episcopal Church of the United States. Unlike other temperance societies, this organization accepted members who used light amounts of alcohol. Its personal guidance was "Temperance obligatory - Total abstinence discretionary." The report includes 26 pp. of text that describe the type and number of establishments serving alcohol, meeting notes, and four single page maps showing "Where Whiskey Reigns." Included with the report is a larger folding map of Manhattan by Henry Blair (base map is Colton) identifying in red over 9,000 locations with liquor licenses. Quite a remarkable feat!

A. Liquordom in New York City, by Robert Graham, published 1883, black and white (6.0 x 9.3").

B. Map of New York City to Accompany "the Temperance Movement or the Conflict Between Man & Alcohol", by G.W. & C.B. Colton & Co., dated 1886, printed color (20.3 x 8.6").

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Condition: B+

The map is issued folding with a few faint spots and a fold separation that extends 4" into the map image that has been closed on verso with archival tape. Report pages have even light toning and the front cover is nearly detached.

Estimate: $150 - $200

Sold for: $75

Closed on 9/4/2013

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