[MANHATTAN-MAPS] [MITCHILL, SAMUEL]. The Picture of New-York; or the Traveller's Guide through the Commercial Metropolis of the United States.
New York: I. Riley, 1807. First edition. Contemporary marbled boards, rebacked. 5 3/4 x 3 1/2 inches (14.5 x 9 cm); viii, 223 pp., with the map Plan of the City of New York, with the recent and intended Improvements. Drawn from actual Survey by William Bridges, City Surveyor, A.D. 1807. New York: I. Riley, 1807. The map engraved by Peter Maverick, with contemporary hand-coloring, 12 x 12 5/8 inches (30.5 x 32 cm). The map trimmed to border, linen backed and laid-in, with some stains and small losses at folds, the volume spotted and rubbed, offered with a second copy of the text only in worn contemporary calf.
Mitchill's Picture of New-York is the first New York City guide book of its kind and was the inspiration for Irving's Knickerbocker's A History of New York (1809). Bridges' map was not issued with all copies and is rarely encountered with the text (it was also separately issued linen-backed and on rollers, but this copy exhibits folds and was likely extracted). The map is a pirated update of the 1803 Mangin-Goerck plan which fancifully proposed and predicted many improvements to the city which had not yet been conceived or built and are depicted as extant when they were in fact still underwater. Mitchill references this in the text: "A map of the city, published by order of the common council in 1801 [ie. 1803], which is the best exhibition of the streets and intended improvements, included even the projected works to be completed on the east and north rivers..." (p. 6). See Augustyn & Cohen, Manhattan in Maps, p. 96.
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