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The State of New York With Part of the adjacent States.
New York 1818 - Original color; dissected and mounted on original linen; abraded surface lower left corner with slight loss, else excellent. ¿Remarkable for its clarity of execution and detail¿ (Rumsey). This large and attractive map of New York State and adjacent areas was published posthumously by the geographer John H. Eddy, who had completed it just months before his death at 35 on December 22, 1817. The eulogistic article on Eddy that appeared in May of 1818 in The American Monthly Magazine and Critical Review said of this map that it ¿may be pronounced his best executed work¿ it may be safely said to exceed all other maps hitherto published in America. It cost him nearly four years of unremitted labour: his materials were original, he collected them with uncommon care, and incurred great expense in obtaining distinct surveys of every county in the state.¿ Tanner, who engraved the map, cited Eddy¿s work as the source for the New York map that appeared in his own American Atlas. Little is known of Eddy. His short life was plagued with illness, and he was deaf. His published cartographic work was mainly confined to New York; in 1811 he produced a map of the proposed route of the Erie Canal and in 1814, a map of the 30 miles surrounding New York City. Eddy is known to have produced a map showing alternative routes between the Atlantic and the Great Lakes, as well as one of the Niagara River, but neither of these appears to have been published. Eddy had planned a map of New Jersey comparable to this one of New York State, and he had also been solicited to produce an American Atlas, but his untimely death prevented his work on either project. Rumsey #2622. Ristow, W. in The Map Collector #67, pp 21-23; Ristow, W. American Maps & Mapmakers p. 103.
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