Rice's Map of the City of St. Paul.
1883 (dated) 19.5 x 23.5 in (49.53 x 59.69 cm)
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An uncommon 1883 map of Saint Paul, Minnesota by G. Jay Rice. The map covers all of Saint Paul on both sides of the Mississippi River, as it appeared at the time of publishing. The map has here been lithographed in two passes, one for the black ink, one for the red overprinting. All other color is hand applied.
Publication History and CensusThis map was published in St. Paul by Jay's 'Saint Paul Lithographic Company.' Variants of the map are known as early as 1874 and as late as 1884. Modified versions were also published in various guidebooks and directories. While there are institutional holdings for other editions, the 1883 edition appears particularly rare with examples known only at Yale and the Minnesota Historical Society.
Gilbert Jay Rice (February 22, 1816 - May 4, 1904) was a prominent American map publisher and lithographer based in Saint Paul, Minnesota and active in the late 19th century. Rice was born in Covington, New York, the oldest of a family of 6. In 1837 he moved to Logansport, Indiana, to join his half-brother, Benjamin O. Spencer, establishing the short-lived commission and grocery store, 'Spencer and Rice.' When the partnership dissolved, 1846, Rice acquired Spencer's interest and continued top operate under his own name. We have been unable to locate rice in the subsequent 20 years, but by 1868, Rice relocated to St. Paul, where he established a publishing an engraving concern, 'St. Paul Lithographic, Engraving and Publishing.' Rice live in 94 W. Fourth Street and the firm was located at 88 East 3rd Street, Saint Paul. Most of Rice's cartographic work focuses on Minnesota and the Dakotas.
Very good. Accompanied by original binder. Slight wear on original fold lines, especially at fold intersections.