Map of Lake Champlain. Compiled & Published by S. R. Stoddard. Glens Falss, NY.
1901 (dated) 36.75 x 10.5 in (93.345 x 26.67 cm)
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A rare map of Lake Champlain issued by Seneca Ray Stoddard of Glens Falls, New York, in 1901. Issued in an unusual elongated format, this map covers the entirety of Lake Champlain, and the adjacent parts of Vermont and New York, from Missisquoi Bay and Rouse's Point to Fort Ticonderoga. The author detail rail lines, basic topography, islands throughout the lake, and roadways. There are insets detailing the lower portions o the Lake from Whitehall to Fort Ticonderoga, Lake George, the Richelieu River, the route of the Steamer Coquette, distances form Plattsburgh, and distances from Caldwell. Cartographically this map is mostly likely derived form the work of the United States Coast Survey. Stoddard first issued this map in 1892, and as such it is one of the earliest tourist maps to focus exclusively on Lake Champlain. He sold this map by mail order for 50 cents, postpaid. Stoddard issued numerous revised editions to at least 1907. The present offering is the 9th edition, published in 1901. Although it is unclear form the map itself, this map may have been lithographed by L. E. Neuman and Company. Despite many editions, this map is quite rare today with only three examples identified in institutional collections. This is the only known example of the present edition.
Seneca Ray Stoddard (May 13, 1844–1917) was an American landscape photographer known for his images of New York's Adirondack Mountains. He was also a naturalist, a writer, a poet, an artist, and a cartographer. His writings and photographs helped to popularize the Adirondacks as vacation destination in the late 19th century. Stoddard was born at Wilton, in Saratoga County, New York, May 13, 1844. Largely self-taught, he left home at 16 to paint advertising and decorative scenes in and on railroad cars. Around 20 Stoddard discovered an passion for photography. His work initially focused on his home town of Glens Falls but quickly expanded to cover much of the Adirondack region. In 1873 he published guides to Saratoga Springs and Lake George – which he updated and revised each of the subsequent five years. In 1878 the guide was expanded to Lake George and Lake Champlain. His best known work is the 1873 guidebook, The Adirondacks: Illustrated, revised and reprinted through 1914. In 1874 he issued the first tourist map of the Adirondacks. This was followed by an 1878 topographical survey of the Adirondacks. In 1882 Stoddard invented "a camera attachment for use in dry-plate photography and to perfect the -magnesium flash- for taking night photographs." In early 1892, he was invited to give an illustrated lecture to the New York State Legislature that was influential in the creation of the Adirondack Park. In addition to his work in New York, Stoddard traveled extensively. His travels took him to Alaska in 1892, Florida and Cuba in 1894, and later he toured the American west and southwest. In 1895, he traveled to Bermuda, the Holy Land, Italy, Switzerland, and France. In 1897, he went to England and the Orkney, Shetland and Faroe Islands, Iceland, Norway, Denmark, Germany and Russia. His trips became the basis for illustrated lecture tours, and two photographic travel books: The Cruise of the Friesland and The Midnight Sun. In 1906, he started Stoddard's Northern Monthly, a short-lived magazine that featured articles on the Adirondacks, fiction and foreign travel. Stoddard died at his home in Glens Falls, New York, April 26, 1917, and is interred in Pineview Cemetery. Today he photography is housed at the Chapman Historical Museum in Glens Falls, and the Adirondack Museum in Blue Mountain Lake, New York.
Good. Backed on archival tissue. A few minor repairs tears and loss at fold intersections. Blank on verso.