de Witt, Simeon

Unusual manuscript trace map of New York state after Simeon de Witt 1802

A map of the State of New York (sheet 6) manuscript trace after de Witt.

DESCRIPTION: One of a kind finely detailed manuscript blue ink trace of sheet 6 from "A Map of State of New York" after Simeon de Witt, 1802. On tracing cloth. This map represents an exceptional effort that likely took days for the anonymous creator to lay down. With a few manuscript notes at bottom right that suggest the trace was created from the copy of de Witt's map held at the New York Public Library (1). Estimated date of creation ca. 1890.

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

From an estate with three similar manuscript traced maps of foundational New York State maps by David H. Burr, and Hawkes and Barber. Some hydrographic and marshy features in green ink, red ink for roads and highways, brown for political boundaries. Simeon de Witt's original map did not use color to identify these features. At bottom right, in manuscript, a copy of the original title cartouche that was not originally placed on sheet 6, demonstrating the tracer's access to multiple sheets of de Wits map.

(1) Lionel Pincus and Princess Firyal Map Division, The New York Public Library. "Map of the state of New York" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1802.

CREATOR: de Witt, Simeon



BODY OF WATER: Long Island Sound; Atlantic Ocean.

CONDITION: Fair.  Some browning. Two small 1" length holes at horizontal center fold. Old tape repair at centerfold.

COLORING: Ink hand color


SIZE: 27 " x 20 "


PRICE: $350


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