1858 Smith - Disturnell Pocket Map of New York
Description: This is a rare pocket issue map of the state of New York by Calvin Smith and J. Disturnell. Depicts the entire state of New York as well as Vermont and Connecticut and parts of Massachusetts, New Hampshire and New Jersey. An inset in the upper left quadrant features the course of the St. Lawrence River from New York to Quebec. Another inset in the lower right features Disturnell’s plan of New York City (to 32nd st) with parts of Brooklyn and Williamsburg. Designed to be folded into an attached red linen binder stamped with a title in gold gilt. The binder has been removed for conservation purposes, but is included with the piece. Drawn by Calvin Smith. Engraved on steel by Sherman & Smith. The copyright, bottom center, reads,” Entered according to Act of Congress in the year 1847 by J. Disturnell in the Clerks office of the District Court of the southern district of New York.”
References: Phillips, p. 513. American Museum of Natural History Collection, G3800 .S652. Not in Rumsey.
Cartographer: Charles Smith (1800 - 1852) and Son was a late 19th and early 20th century publisher of atlases, pocket maps and charts of England. They issued several atlases including Smith's New English Atlas (1804, folio), England and Wales (1806), The New General Atlas (1808), and the New Pocket Companion to the Roads of England and Wales (1826). Smith's early work stylistically resembled the work of Pinkerton, Cary, and Thomson, though on a much smaller scale. After Charles Smith's death in 1852 the business was taken over by his son who continued to publish maps will into the 20th century. The younger Smith is best known for his introduction of the "Tape Indicator Map." This map, which came with a tape measure, enabled users to triangulate their location based coordinates given in an attached guide. C. Smith and Son had their office at 172 Strand Street, London. Click here for a list of rare maps from Charles Smith.
Size: Printed area measures 25 x 19.5 inches (63.5 x 49.53 centimeters)
Condition: Good condition. Minor wear on original folds and several verso repairs. Some damage and discoloration where the map was originally glued into the binder. Removed from original red linen (included) for conservation purposes.
Code: NewYork-smith-1858 (to order by phone call: 646-320-8650)