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Lot 163: (NEW YORK CITY.) [City Survey Manuscript Map.]

MAPS & ATLASES; NATURAL HISTORY; PLATE BOOKS

by Swann Auction Galleries

December 8, 2016

New York, NY, USA

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Description: (NEW YORK CITY.) [City Survey Manuscript Map.] Ink and watercolor manuscript map in a fine hand, inscribed "New York, July 2d, 1840 Geo. W. Smith City Surveyor". On wove paper bearing watermark: "JWhatman Turkey Mill 1863"; backed on old linen with blue silk edging. [New York, 1863 or after]

Notes: A cartographic oddity featuring the area between 32nd and 36th streets at 5th, 6th and Madison Avenues, land later to be developed into the Empire State Building and the Morgan Library. Madison Avenue is labeled "A New Street" though it was established in 1836; Broadway is labeled "Middle Road" and bisects Madison, two blocks below where it is actually situated.

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