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A Map of Norwich, from actual survey
1833
Surveyor:Surveyed by William Lester Jr.
Printmaker:Engraved by S. Stiles & Co. , American, 1833 - 1835
Printer:Printed by S. Stiles & Co. , American, 1833 - 1835
Publisher:Published by Thomas Robinson , American, born about 1797
Engraving; black printer's ink and watercolor on wove paper, in cardboard covers
Primary Dimensions (image height x width): 28 1/8 x 18 1/2in. (71.4 x 47cm) Sheet (height x width): 29 3/8 x 19 7/8in. (74.6 x 50.5cm)
Credit Line: Connecticut Historical Society collection
Gallery Copy: William Lester was a Norwich surveyor who was responsible for several manuscript and printed maps in the Connecticut Historical Society collection in addition to this 1833 folding pocket map of Norwich. Norwich was an active port, with ships traveling frequently back and forth to New York City. Lester's manuscript map probably traveled to New York on one of these ships, since it was engraved and printed there. The printed maps then would have been shipped back to Norwich to be sold by Thomas Robinson, a local Norwich bookseller. Samuel Stiles, whose New York firm engraved and printed the map originally came from East Windsor, Connecticut.
Description: Map of Norwich, Connecticut, with the Shetucket River to the east. The boundary of the city is outlined in yellow, with the city center enclosed within a pink boundary line. Physical features include elevation, conveyed with hachure marks; the Yantic River, the Thames River and the Shetucket River; brooks; and swamps. The Norwich and Hartford Turnpike, Norwich and Woodstock Turnpike, Norwich and New London Turnpike, Norwich and Salem Turnpike, and the Norwich City and New London Turnpikes run through the city. The common roads are labeled. The Boston, Norwich and New London Railroad runs along the Thames and Shetucket Rivers. Buildings are depicted as shaded rectangles, with some of them colored green, red, blue, or orange and labeled with letters or numbers. These correspond with buildings on the references list. An inset map in the lower right corner depicts part of Norwich and contains letters and numbers that correspond with the references list in the inset.
Cartographic Note: Scale: 1 inch equals 100 rods
Inscription: Front cover, gold-tooled: "MAP OF NORWICH" Inside cover, top left, handwritten in pencil: "71913" Top, handwritten in pencil: "J.H. Freeman / Levenhook [?]" Center, handwritten in pencil: "Maps / 71913" Recto of map, top left, printed in black ink: "A MAP OF / NORWICH, / from actual survey / By William Lester Jr. / PUBLISHED BY THOMAS ROBINSON. / 1833. / ENGRAVED & PRINTED BY S. STILES & CO. NEW YORK." Verso, center, handwritten in pencil: "71913"
Object Number: 1967.110.0
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