An outstanding collection of six large manuscript maps documenting the early surveying and settlement of land in present day Ulster and Greene Counties, New York, 1804-1834

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Published by New York State, 1804-1834
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Six manuscript maps, ink on paper. Some folds, occasional stains and repairs, but generally in very good condition. As follows: 1. [NEW YORK] A map of several tracts to the north of Batavia and the vacant lands of James Cockburn, 1803 [manuscript title at lower right]. 21 ¼ x 29 ½ in. Scale: 40 Chains to an Inch The earliest map in the collection, this map shows a tract of the Van Bergen patent and the division into lots of the lands owned by surveyor James Cockburn. His father, William Cockburn, was a speculator who helped map and sell off much of the land surrounding Albany. This map is James Cockburn's 1804 updated version of Albany surveyor Joseph Blanchard's 1770 map. In it, Cockburn incorporates modifications to property lines and claims, drawn in pencil and pen. Both the old and new inscriptions are beautifully rendered, making the map ornamental and practical as a history of New York land ownership. Today this land falls between the towns of Lexington and Hunter in Greene County, New York. 2. [NEW YORK] A Map of a Tract of Land on the Northerly Side of the Schohary Kill in the Great or Hardenbergh Patent- The Property of Baran Tomlinson and Day, Surveyed and Run into Lots in the Month of July AD 1786, taken from and compared with the original in the hands of Oliver Day for John Kiersted and [illegible], 1812. 21 ¼ x 29 ¼ in. Scale: 20 Chains to an Inch This map details a tract of land belonging to Baran Tomlinson and Oliver Day which was part of Great Lot number 22 of the Hardenbergh land patent. Originally drawn in 1786, this copy was made for Albany surveyor John Kiersted in 1812. The north side of the Schohary Kill, a historic river flowing east to the Hudson, is one of many fine details included in the map. The land depicted in this map is found just south of the land in the first map, and although one doesn't appear on the other, the northern side of Great Lot number 22 touches the southern part of the tract of the Van Bergen land in the first map. This map too is scaled in the old unit, chains. 3. [NEW YORK] Kiersted, John. [A Map of the] Hardenbergh [Patent] 1808. 25 ¼ x 71 ½ in. This 1808 map of the eastern half of Great Lot number 24 of the Hardenbergh patent was drawn and surveyed by John Kiersted. It shows the northern pass of the Schohary Creek and several other river bodies zigzagging across the map. It also shows in extraordinary detail a history of land acquisitions complete with names, dates, and money calculations all scribbled on top of the original map. The names and dates are densely packed in their lots, bringing the confusion of the settling of the land to life. Also notable is the attention paid by the surveyor to the famous neighbors of the land: Robert R. Livingston and his son Edward Livingston whose names appear in large script down the sides of the map. 4. [NEW YORK] A Map of the West Half of Great Lot No. 24 Hardenburgh Patent. 17 ½ x 62 in. This map shows the other half of Great Lot number 24, the western half, owned by Robert R. Livingston and his son Robert Livingston. This map, also drawn by surveyor John Kiersted, shows the border between Ulster county and Greene County, New York. The line, run in 1812, cuts diagonally across the map. This map is unique in the collection for its precision and attention to minor details. It clearly shows streams and small rivers running off of the larger 'Manees Kill' which is shown running across its middle portion. This is also the only map in the collection to show mountains and elevations, also drawn in pencil. 5. [NEW YORK] Sundrie Settlemetnts made by Purchasers under the Van Bergen Patent1805. 24 x 72 ½ in. The focus of this map is the second tract of the Van Bergen Patent, but this map is important to this collection because it shows in some way the connection between each other map. The land in map #1 appears, turned slightly counter- clockwise in the western part of the map. Also, map #2 and Great Lots 24, 25, and 26 are showed on th. Bookseller Inventory #

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Title: An outstanding collection of six large ...
Publisher: New York State, 1804-1834

Binding: No Binding
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