New York: 1796. Benjamin Tanner. unbound. Map. Engraving with hand coloring. Image measures 15 1/4 x 18"
This graphic map of New York shows the state divided into counties and townships. The map is especially notable for its inclusion of genealogical information in the Finger Lakes region, which was just beginning to be settled. Towns and waterways are labeled, and mountains are represented pictorially. Surrounding states are named but not detailed. The map appeared in Reid's "The American Atlas," which was an accompaniment to William Winterbotham's "An Historical, Geographical, Commercial and Philosophical View of the United States." It was the second folio map of New York to appear in a commercial atlas. The map is in very good condition with some minor staining. Plate number in ink on the top. The back side contains some notes handwritten by a previous owner in 1867, not affecting the image. John Reid was a publisher based in New York City, whose seminal work was the second atlas engraved and published in the United States. For the complete atlas, also available at Argosy, see SKU #210076. This map is an elegant early depiction of New York State.