Avery, F. Deane

1910

Manuscript trace Erving's Grant Massachusetts Map by Metcalf

Plan of lands lying in the County of Hampshire belonging to heirs of the late honorable John Erving Esq. lying in several tracts on the east side of the Connecticut River and on both sides of Miller River… by Joseph Metcalf Surveyor.

DESCRIPTION: Rare decorative ink manuscript trace map ca. 1910 made by F. Deane Avery (1876 - 1940) of an earlier 1788 [1] map of Erving's Grant, Massachusetts by surveyor Joseph Metcalf in Orange, MA. April 21, 1788 (copied by John ? Pope, Boston, August 11, 1788). The text describing Metcalf's map is in a decorative calligraphic style as might have been used in the late 18th century. The only available true copy of Metcalf's survey of Erving's Grant. [2]

In 1920 Avery, self-described as an "Engineer and Architect", published a short article describing his method of indexing survey artifacts [3]. By 1924 F. Deane Avery was employed as County Engineer in Greenfield, Massachusetts. With Avery's index number "5B-20" at lower right corner.

[1] On February 6, 1788 Massachusetts became the sixth state to ratify the U.S. Constitution and was admitted to the Union.
[2] On the map the land is described as lying in Hampshire County, but today the land lies in Franklin County, Massachusetts.
[3] Avery, F. Deane. "A simple system of indexing notes and plans: Filing by location preferred to other methods- key has numbered areas- loose leaf ledger used". Engineering News-Record. Vol. 85 p. 155.

CREATOR: Avery, F. Deane

PUBLICATION DATE: 1910

GEOGRAPHIC AREA: United States

BODY OF WATER: N/A

CONDITION: Good.  Top margin is short. Left and right margins grubby from handling. Ink on tracing cloth sometimes erroneously called vellum.

COLORING: Hand color from both recto and verso as was the custom for traces.

ENGRAVER: 

SIZE: 16 " x 10 "

ITEM PHYSICAL LOCATION: 10

PRICE: $1100


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