1776. I am offering a small hand-drawn and hand-colored map of part of Germany near Denmark, the title reading "Landkarte von Eyderstede Everschop und Utholm." The peninsula covered by the map, largely flat marshland, was being diked by the year 1,000 a.d., a cooperative gesture between settlements surely uncommon for the time. The map shows green landscape, heraldic Eyderstede ships, inked names and buildings, map projection numbers, a mileage chart, and the illegible signature of T.C. ****, who drew it in 1776. The map, in its borders, measures 14.5cm x 19,7 cm, and has an old center crease. The reverse bears a few brown stains and possibly a narrow trace of tape. It was drawn on cream laid paper and has never been matted or framed, though the margins are cut fairly close. This little map is amazingly vivid and full of charm.
New York: J. Disturnell, 1836. James Smillie. first edition. 5 1/8" x 3 1/4", 71 numbered pages, with two fold-out colored maps of the Hudson River and Vicinity and New York State, and a frontispiece engraving of the Steamboat Landing, Foot of Courtlandt Street, drawn by C. Burton and engraved by [James] Smillie. The two maps, though complete, are, in one case, torn through at the folds, and, in the other, show old tape at many of the folds. The book finishes with a listing of works recently published by J. Disturnell, which include gift books as well as the travellers' guides for both the east and the western parts of the country. Disturnell (1801-1872) was a printer and book dealer, as well as librarian of the Cooper Union. The Guide is in its original publisher's brown cloth, with a worn paper title label and some loss to the backstrip, rear board detached. The real interest in this specific copy is the 4-page pencilled account of a trip that started on 24 July 1839 in New York, and is a series of one-line list of expenses, such as "Railroiad and Steamer to Montreal -- $5.00", "Dinner at Ticonderoga -- $1.00", which are a vivid picture of that era.