New York: Ricketson, J., 1821.
Map. Uncolored engraving. Image measures 10" x 13". Page measures 13" x 16.25".
This elegant and unusual map describes the meeting places of New York Quaker groups. Quaker tradition holds that members of the faith meet monthly, quarterly, and yearly to share knowledge and ideas. In addition, groups held preparatory and worship meetings throughout the year. This map conveys the extent Quaker network in New York and the surrounding areas of New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, and Upper Canada in the early 19th century. Most intriguing is its notation of the distances between different meeting locales, which describe the travel distance between the locations of regular worship meetings and the larger group meetings. Pared down to only this significant information and a minimum of topographical detail (rivers and lakes), the map visually matches the quietude and peacefulness for which Quaker Meetings are known. The map is in very good condition. Repair to page at top left corner, image unaffected. Some foxing and staining, vertical and horizontal folds. Shadrach Ricketson (1768-1839) was a physician who practiced in Dutchess County, New York. In 1806, he published the first American text on hygiene and preventative medicine. His interest in the locations of Quaker meetings likely owes to the importance of these meetings for the sharing of new philosophies about healing and wellness within the Quaker tradition. Rare.