Rare Book Monthly

Articles - January - 2019 Issue

New Amsterdam to Metropolis – Important Maps of New York City 1548 – 1964 at Martayan Lan

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Martayan Lan, the New York City rare book and map dealer and ABAA member, has announced the opening of an exhibition of New York maps issued over the past four hundred years.  The event now underway, will continue to May 31st, 2019 at the firm’s headquarters in the Heron Tower at 70 East 55th Street.

 

The exhibition opens with  a cartographic glimpse of New York, Tierra Nueva, that was printed in Venice in 1548.  Next is a map of Norumbega Et Virginia by Wytfliet in 1597.  Norumbega you ask?  If you visit this exhibition you are there.  Third is a Blaeu map of Nova Belgica Et Anglia Nova dated 1635 that shows Manhattan as a triangle.  For those approaching New York by boat Martayan Lan’s next offer is “The first printed sea chart of New England and New Netherlands.” The work of R. Dudley and printed in Florence in the mid-17th century, this is a major rarity.

 

The fifth example is by Danckerts and Visscher.  It’s Novi Belgi Novaeque Angiae, dated circa 1690, in original color.  Next [No. 6] is Lotter and Jansson-Visscher’s Recens Edita totius Novi Belgii.  It was printed at Augsburg, circa 1757 and adds increasing detail to maps of New York and its environs.  At No. 7, Van Keulen’s map reflects the increasing need for accurate sea charts, aiding navigation by clarifying distances and landmarks.

 

No. 8 is a gem; “A South West View of the City of New York.”   This image gives us the artist’s understanding of what New York City looked like circa 1730.  As would inevitably happen, after discovery, exploration and then habitation, a plan for the New York settlement would be needed and No. 9 is the second iteration of such a plan.  No. 10, by Montresor, is also a plan of the city.  It’s dated 1775 when the British were first encountering colonial resistance.

 

No. 11 is Faden’s 1776 plan of New York Island and surrounding areas, with details of an early Revolutionary War battle at Woody Heights on Long Island. It’s a good thing that one battle does not necessarily make a war because, if it had, we in America, would be British subjects still.

 

No. 12 is De Barres’ 1777 “Sketch of the Operations of his Majesty’s Fleet and Army…”  which was part of the navigational atlas used by the British during the war.

 

No. 13 begins to show us a New York City we can recognize.  It’s a rejected first plan [1807] for the City’s streets.  No. 14 is Randel’s 1821 blueprint [on silk] of a map of New York.  Maps on cloth are a very special niche.  No. 15 is a map reflecting the gathering detail of New  York.  It’s by Poppleton and Hooker and, as was No. 14, on silk.

 

No. 16 is Burr’s 1839 map of the city of New York.  No. 17 is a panorama of Manhattan that dates to 1854.  No. 18 is the work of Magnus and dated 1852 that shows in detail the development of New York, Brooklyn and Williamsburg.  No. 19 is Bartlett’s illustrated map of New York City [1870].  It shows some buildings and provides details that can otherwise be difficult to find.

 

No 20 is Viele’s Sanitary & Topological Map of the City and Island of New York.  It dates to 1865 and shows the gathering need to understand the flow of water under Manhattan.  No. 21 is another bird’s eye view.  This one is the work of Heine and Dopler in 1851.  It will attract attention.

 

No. 22 is Hyde & Co.’s [Brooklyn, 1898] Map of the City of New York.  It is the first to reflect New York City as the consolidation of the five boroughs.  No. 23 is the Wanamaker Vest Pocket Subway Guide.  Dated 1904, it shows the nascent subway system.

 

No set of New York maps would be complete without something from Rand McNally.  This version, No. 24,, dated 1909, captures the subway routes in high detail.  And now, the last example.  It’s by Bollman and dated 1963.  It portrays New York in 3-D.

 

All in all, a wonderful tour of the city that is now world renowned.

 

 

Location

 

The Heron Building

70 East 55th Street

New York, New York 10022

 

Hours

 

Monday through Friday 9:30 to 5:30

Saturday and evening hours by appointment

 

Contact Information

 

Martayan Lan

Their website:  www.martayanlan.com

 

Email:  info@martayanlan.com

Tel:  212.308.0018

Fax:  212.308.0074      

 

Rare Book Monthly

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    <b>Doyle, Rare Books, Autographs & Maps:</b> Lot 1032. RATZER, BERNARD. Plan of the City of New York in North America, surveyed in the years 1766 & 1767. $40,000 to $60,000.
    <b>Doyle, Rare Books, Autographs & Maps:</b> Lot 1011. [BROADSIDE]. Life, Last Words and Dying Confession, of Rachel Wall... $2,000 to $3,000.
    <b>Doyle, Rare Books, Autographs & Maps:</b> Lot 1055. BEATON, CECIL. Scrapbook prepared by Cecil Beaton over the period 1935-1944, with some later inclusions. $800 to $1,200.
    <center><b>Doyle<br>Rare Books, Autographs & Maps<br>Timed auction, April 29</b>
    <b>Doyle, Rare Books, Autographs & Maps:</b> Lot 1051. ADDAMS, CHARLES. Original drawing "I hope the power doesn't go out until after Masterpiece Theatre." $15,000 to $20,000.
    <b>Doyle, Rare Books, Autographs & Maps:</b> Lot 1037. The Campaign Speeches of Nixon of Kennedy, inscribed to William Safire by Richard Nixon and secretarially for John Kennedy. $2,000 to $3,000.
    <b>Doyle, Rare Books, Autographs & Maps:</b> Lot 1036. Celebration of the Commencement of Work on Rapid Transit Railroad. March 24th 1900, one o'clock, City Hall Park, New York. $200 to $300.
    <b>Doyle, Rare Books, Autographs & Maps:</b> Lot 1005. 1955 Brooklyn Dodgers signed baseball including Jackie Robinson. $3,000 to $5,000.
  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 15:</b> Frances Palmer, <i>Battle of Buena Vista,</i> chromolithograph, New York, 1847. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 15:</b> Antonio Colmenero de Ledesma, the earliest publication concerned solely with chocolate, first edition, Madrid, 1631. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 15:</b> Romans Bernard, <i>An Exact View of the Late Battle at Charlestown, June 17th, 1775,</i> engraving, 1776. $40,000 to $60,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 15:</b> <i>A Short Narrative of the Horrid Massacre in Boston,</i> English edition, London, 1770. $12,000 to $18,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 15:</b> William Soule, <i>Lodge of the Plains Indians,</i> albumen print, 1872. $1,500 to $2,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 15:</b> Manuscript document to enforce New York’s “Agreement of Non-Importation” during the heyday of the Sons of Liberty, New York, 1769. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 15:</b> Clarence Mackenzie, <i>Drummer Boy of the 13th Regiment of Brooklyn,</i> salt print with applied color, 1861. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 15:</b> Moses Lopez, <i>A Lunar Calendar,</i> first Jewish calendar published in America, Newport, RI, 1806. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 15:</b><br>The Book of Mormon, first edition, Palmyra, 1830. $30,000 to $40,000.
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    <b>Doyle, Stage & Screen:</b> Lot 12. OKLAHOMA! Celeste Holm's vocal score for Oklahoma! inscribed by Richard Rodgers. $3,000 to $5,000.
    <b>Doyle, Stage & Screen:</b> Lot 20. WILSON, DOOLEY. Fine inscribed photograph to Celeste Holm with Casablanca reference. $2,000 to $3,000.
    <b>Doyle, Stage & Screen:</b> Lot 79. Original production script of the Broadway musical CATS with notes written by Claude Tessier. $600 to $900.
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    <b>Doyle, Stage & Screen:</b> Lot 180.<br>Cecil Beaton. Headdress for Liza at the Ball, from My Fair Lady, circa 1962. $700 to $900.
    <b>Doyle, Stage & Screen:</b> Lot 177.<br>Cecil Beaton. Set Design for The Gainsborough Girls, 1951. $2,000 to $3,000.
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    <b>Old World Auctions (April 28):</b><br>Lot 165. Rare state of Jefferys' influential map of New England in contemporary color (1755). $8000 to $9500.
    <b>Old World Auctions (April 28):</b><br>Lot 177. Mouzon's foundation map of the Carolinas (1775). $10000 to $13000.
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