Auction 160, Lot 319

"Specimen of Preliminary Reconnaisance Sketch Showing the Approximate Positions and Names of Thirty Nine Ponds or Lakes Important and New to the Maps...", Weed, Parsons & Co.

Subject: Adirondacks, New York

Period: 1873 (dated)

Publication: Adirondack Survey Report

Color: Printed Color

23.3 x 18.3 inches
59.2 x 46.5 cm

This uncommon and intricately detailed topographical map was drawn by Verplanck Colvin for his Adirondack Survey Report. Colvin, a lawyer, author, topographic engineer, and proto-environmentalist, conducted a survey of the Adirondacks beginning in 1872. His subsequent report was instrumental in the creation of Adirondack Park in 1895. This map, plate 11 from his report, focuses on the lakes and ponds in the region and names several mountains and hills with altitudes. A vignette above the title shows a team of four surveyors moving through the wilderness with a canoe. Lithography by Weed, Parson & Co.


Condition: B+

Issued folding with light offsetting and a couple tiny splits at fold intersections. There is a binding trim in the left blank margin.

Estimate: $140 - $170

Sold for: $100

Closed on 11/16/2016