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Map, New York City, Lower Manhattan, William Hooker, Antique Print, 1832

$725

William Hooker (1782-1856) (engraver)
Plan of the City of New York
A.T. Goodrich, New York: 1832
Hand-colored engraving
11 x 13.25 inches, ruled border
12 x 14 inches, overall
$725

Detailed and comprehensive early map of Lower Manhattan from the Battery to Fort Gansevoort; the northern edge intersects 9th Avenue and 14th Street and 2nd Avenue and 30th Street. The map shows streets, parks, wards, boat slips and docks, ferry routes, and the footprints of some larger structures such as the penitentiary. A list of References down the left side notes the locations of 107 buildings according to a numbered key, with a few others added below. The buildings include religious institutions, schools, libraries, banks, prisons, government buildings, markets, exchanges, and businesses. The map is hand colored with wards outlined in yellow, pink and green. A mileage scale is lower right. It is dated 1832 in the title cartouche, though bears an 1827 copyright by A.T. Goodrich.

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Description

This is a later edition of a map originally engraved by William Hooker as a foldout map for Edmund M. Blunt’s Blunt’s Stranger’s Guide to the City of New-York issued in 1817 — one of the earliest guidebooks to the City. According to publication information on the offered map, it was copyrighted in 1827 by A.T. Goodrich, engraved for the Strangers Guide of New York, and published by Goodrich. The first edition of Goodrich’s Strangers Guide was issued in 1828. Insofar as this map is dated 1832 in the title cartouche, and originally folded as issued, it presumably is from a later Goodrich Strangers Guide, about 1832 or perhaps slightly thereafter.

William Hooker was an engraver, particularly of maps and charts. He moved from Philadelphia to Newburyport, Massachusetts, in 1805 and worked there with Gideon Fairman, a banknote engraver. In 1810 he returned to Philadelphia, and then to New York City in 1815. He remained active there until 1846 as a map engraver, publisher and printer and issued a number of pocket plans of the city.

A.T. Goodrich and Co. was a prolific New York publisher of maps and guide books in the first half of the 19th Century. They are also known for being the first American publisher of puzzle maps; in 1818 they produced a “new and elegant” Dissected Map of the United States.

Full publication information: Entered according to Act, of Congress, the 11th Day of January 1827 by A.T. Goodrich of the State of New York. Engraved for the Strangers Guide New York. Published by A.T. Goodrich.

Condition:  Generally very good, original issued folded, now recently professionally cleaned and deacidified, also flattened, with light remaining toning, wear, handling. Margins a bit short, very likely as issued.

References:

Groce, George C. and Wallace, David H. The New-York Historical Society’s Dictionary of Artists in America 1564-1860. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1969. p. 325.

“The Picture of New-York, and Stranger’s Guide to the Commercial Metropolis of the United States.” Archive.org. https://archive.org/details/ldpd_11290306_000/page/n541/mode/2up (30 March 2021).

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Century

19th Century