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A Reference & Distance Map of the State of New York
1831
Printer:Printed by Sidney Babcock , American, 1797 - 1888
Publisher:Published by Justin Pierce , American, 1805 - 1879
Engraving; black printer's ink and watercolor on wove paper, in cardboard covers Lithography; black printer's ink and watercolor on wove paper, in cardboard covers
Primary Dimensions (image height x width): 18 1/4 x 20in. (46.4 x 50.8cm) Platemark (width only): 20 7/8in. (53cm) Sheet (height x width): 29 1/2 x 21in. (74.9 x 53.3cm)
Credit Line: Museum purchase
Gallery Copy: Hartford was not the only printing and publishing center in early nineteent century Connecticut. The book trade also flourished in New Haven and New Haven printers and publishers also produced single-leaf prints and maps. Sidney Babcock, who printed this map of New York in 1831, was best known for his children's books.
Description: Map of the state of New York, with parts of Upper and Lower Canada to the north; parts of Vermont, Massachusetts and Connecticut to the east; parts of Pennsylvania and New Jersey to the south; and Lake Erie and part of Canada to the west. The state is divided into counties, which are colored green, blue, pink, yellow or peach. The Erie Canal is shown on the map, and a profile of it appears to the bottom left. Physical features depicted include lakes and rivers. Pasted to the bottom of the map is another sheet of paper with population information for all of the towns in New York and distance information below.
Cartographic Note: Scale: 1 inch equals about 19 miles
Inscription: Front cover, gold tooled: "REF MAP OF N. YORK" Inside cover, top left, handwritten in blue ink: "66246" Top, handwritten in black ink: "H. Halknook" Top left, handwritteni n pencil: "Maps / 66246" Recto, top left of map, printed in black ink: "A / REFERENCE & DISTANCE / MAP / OF THE STATE OF / NEW YORK / Published by J. Pierce / 1831." Bottom left, printed in black ink: "Entered according to Act of Congress 23 day of July 1831 by Justin Pierce of the State of Connecticut." Top of index, printed in black ink: "PIERCE'S INDEX TO A MAP OF NEW YORK, WITH THE CENSUS OF 1830." Bottom left, printed in black ink: "Entered according to Act of Congress, 13th day of September, 1831, by Justin Pierce of the State of Connecticut." Bottom right, printed in black ink: "S. Babcock, Printer, New Haven, Conn."
Object Number: 1959.115.1
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