[CHASE, WILLIAM H.[ENRY], Trustee] Sale of Town Lots at Pensacola, with a Description of the Place, Climate, &c.
[New York]: printed by T. & C. Wood, 1836. Publisher's stitched printed wrappers in leather-backed slipcase. 10 x 6 inches (25.5 x 15.5 cm) [N.B. as the brief text is printed on pages of irregular size, the dimensions given are of the wrappers]; 8 pp., two fine large folding maps (see below). Minor dust-soiling, a few minute creases to wrappers and a central fold, likely from mailing; slight separation to a fold of one map. The Edward Eberstadt copy, with his collation notations; to Thomas W. Streeter, with his book label.
Chase, a West Point graduate, was a military engineer who had been assigned to construct a fort to protect a newly-constructed naval yard, christened Fort Pickens. Through associations with local banks and businessmen, he amassed considerable land holdings, which he and his brother intended to develop through the scheme shown in this pamphlet. However, the 1837 financial panic derailed their plans.
The two fine folding maps are lithographed by Graham and Price. The first (23 x 18 inches) is a "Plan of the New City of Pensacola with a part of the Old City and Vicinity in West Florida, by G. C. Chase, 1836." It shows the proposed blocks, squares and streets. The second map (21 x 16 inches) shows "Concentrated Railroads and Canals to Pensacola."
As with every Florida real estate proposal (probably since the time of Ponce de León!), it offers (for the time) somewhat inflated assessments of the potential of the region: "Mr. Chase predicts the permanent prosperity of Pensacola, a future as a health resort and, an enviable position as a commercial center." Eberstadt stated that this work is unrecorded, but we now trace three copies in institutions via WorldCat, but is still unquestionably rare and fugitive. Streeter Sale 1235.
C The Collection of Jay I. Kislak sold to benefit the Kislak Family Foundation
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