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.'
Charles Smith (1768 - 1854) was 19th century British publisher of maps, atlases, and charts, most of which focused on England and London. Smith was appointed map seller to the Prince of Wales in 1809. His early work stylistically resembles the work of Pinkerton, Cary, and Thomson, though on a much smaller scale. From 1826 to 1854 the business traded as Charles Smith and Son. After Charles Smith's death in 1852 the it was taken over by his son William Smith, and later his grandson Guildford Smith (1838 - 1917), who continued to publish maps well 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. The firm was taken over by George Philip in 1916.
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.
Phillips, p. 513. American Museum of Natural History Collection, G3800 .S652.