Hawkes, W. and Barber, J.

Manuscript isodistance map of the New York City area after Hawkes and Barber

Manuscript trace copy of Hawkes and Barber's "The Country Twenty Five Miles Round New York"

DESCRIPTION: Very unusual and one-of-a-kind manuscript traced map ca. 1890 (on tracing cloth) of the area around New York City- after Hawkes and Barber's "The Country twenty five miles round New York" (1777). Text below the map contains a list of important events during the U.S. Revolution in 1776. A key feature of the map is the early use of isodistances, concentric circles at increasing five-mile intervals centered on the city of New York.

This map represents an exceptional effort that likely took days for the anonymous creator to trace. Fine attention to detail and careful execution suggest that the copy was created for research purposes, or possibly for the purpose of producing blueprints from this master trace document. With a few manuscript notes at bottom right that suggest the trace was created from the copy of Hawkes and Barber's map held at the New York Public Library (1).

A fine gift for collectors of New York cartography or of rare cartographic oddities.

From an estate with three similar manuscript trace maps of foundational New York State maps by Simeon de Witt and David H. Burr. Riverine features in green ink, red ink for highways and roads, brown for political boundaries and for isodistances.

(1) Lionel Pincus and Princess Firyal Map Division, The New York Public Library. "The Country twenty five miles round New York" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1777-01-01. https://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47da-ee36-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99

CREATOR: Hawkes, W. and Barber, J.



BODY OF WATER: Atlantic Ocean; Hudson River

CONDITION: Very good.  Clean, bright with two folds. Manuscript ink lines on tracing cloth

COLORING: Manuscript ink in green, red, brown and blue.


SIZE: 15 " x 15 "


PRICE: $700


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