1948 Roger Selchow Map of North Greenwich, Connecticut

NorthernGreenwich-selchow-1948
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Northern Greenwich in Connecticut in Ye Olden Days before 1875.
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1948 Roger Selchow Map of North Greenwich, Connecticut

NorthernGreenwich-selchow-1948

Extremely rare Greenwich, Connecticut pictorial.
$1,000.00

Title


Northern Greenwich in Connecticut in Ye Olden Days before 1875.
  1948 (dated)    30.25 x 22.5 in (76.835 x 57.15 cm)

Description


A rare pictorial map of the northern part of Greenwich, Connecticut issued in 1948 by Roger H. Selchow. This is a companion piece to an earlier 1939 map of coastal Greenwich issued by the same artist. Coverage extends roughly from what is today Route 1 north to the New York border, and from Rye to Stamford, including the communities of Round Hill, Riversville, Stanwich, North Greenwich, and South Stanwich.
Greenwich and the American Revolution as Told by Selchow
By far, though, most of the notes highlight events that took place in the region during the American Revolutionary War. Selchow identifies which houses were plundered and burned by the British, and the site of the December 4, 1781 King Street Skirmish. Other more quirky sites include the home where Mrs. Issac Howe 'scared away a band of cowboys' and the place where 'Israel Putnam went to dance before Tyron's Raid.'
A Map with Charming Details
Apart from facts concerning the Revolution, illustrations of fences, flowers, trees, horseback riders, farmers, and wildlife provide pictorial charm. Labeled roads snake their way across the map. The whole is surrounded by a pictorial border decorated with farm crops at top and rolling hills at bottom. Vignettes of historical buildings appear on either side of the map proper - many of which still stand. These include the Greenwich Country Club, the Round Hill Club, the Isaac Stokes mansion, and the first electrified house in the United States, Edward H. Johnson's 'Electric Hill', among others.
Publication History and Census
Drawn and published by Roger Selchow, this map is exceedingly rare. Only two other examples are known, one held in the Library of Congress and a second in the Beinecke Rare Book Room at Yale.

Cartographer


Roger Hoffman Selchow (February 13, 1911 - 1995) was an American artist. Born in Greenwich, Connecticut, Selchow is best known for his paintings of geometric abstractions. Selchow studied at Columbia University. His work is part in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, the Brooklyn Museum in Brooklyn, the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford, Connecticut, and the Musée des Beaux-Arts in Liège, Belgium, among others.

Condition


Very good. Slight toning.

References


OCLC 911092516. Library of Congress, G3784.G816A5 1948 .S4. Yale University, Beinecke, 766am G852 1875.
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