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Title
Maps of property in the city of New York belonging to John J. Astor Esq.
Names
Smith, Geo. Wm.(George William), 1817-1876 (Creator)
Smith, Geo. Wm.(George William), 1817-1876 (Cartographer)
Dates / Origin
Date Created: 1840-1870s?
Place: New York
Library locations
No Division, NYPL item, but not associated with any one Division, e.g. NYPL Art Work
Shelf locator: MssCol unassigned
Topics
Astor, John Jacob, 1763-1848 -- Homes and haunts
Astor family -- Homes and haunts
Landowners -- New York (State) -- New York
Real property -- New York (State) -- New York
Manhattan (New York, N.Y.)
New York (N.Y.)
Cartographers
Surveyors
Genres
Cadastral maps
Manuscript maps
Maps
Manuscripts
Notes
Statement of responsibility: Drawn by Geo. Wm. Smith, city surveyor.
Content: Foliation: I-IV (title, two-page street index, map of 277 Pearl Street), map leaves 1 to 154 (lacking leaves 130, 133, 136, 142 and 153.) Maps 56 and 147 are fold-out maps (38 x 22 cm. or smaller.) A few pages contain two maps. Numbered maps 62½, 83, and 150½, and some unnumbered maps, appear opposite numbered leaves. Several numbered leaves are blank.
Content: Includes index.
Content: Title from title page, dated February 1840.
Additional physical form: Available as digital images.
Physical Description
Extent: 1 volume (153 leaves) : color maps ; 24 x 16 cm
Description
The volume, dated 1840-1870s?, contains manuscript cadastral maps of Manhattan properties owned by financier John Jacob Astor (1763-1848), drawn on paper by City Surveyor George W. Smith (1817-1876), with related real estate notes and street index. George W. Smith was the son of surveyor George B. Smith (1781-1857), estate agent for John Jacob Astor and his son William B. Astor (1792-1875). Maps were completed February 1840 as dated on the title page, with later revisions and possible additions. Real estate notations date from the 1840s through what is likely the 1870s, with lease terms expiring in the 1880s and 1890s. Street locations as indexed range from Lower Manhattan to 149th Street on the Upper West Side. Maps are drawn in pen-and-ink with color washes on the rectos of numbered leaves. These show blocks, property and lot lines, lot numbers and dimensions, and owner names for Astor family members. Notations as to disposal of property by family wills and gifts are also found there. Property rental details are recorded in pencil on pages facing the maps or on the maps themselves, typically noting the lot number, lessee, and lease terms. A few dated sales and purchases are included. The volume shows signs of heavy use, with many erasures and revisions as information was updated.
Type of Resource
Text
Cartographic
Identifiers
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b23248316
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 28d2e320-b973-013c-70ec-0242ac110005
Rights Statement
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Item timeline of events

  • 1817: Creator Born
  • 1840: Created
  • 1876: Creator Died
  • 2024: Digitized
  • 2024: Found by you!
  • 2025

MLA Format

No Division, NYPL item, but not associated with any one Division, e.g. NYPL Art Work, The New York Public Library. "Maps of property in the city of New York belonging to John J. Astor Esq." The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1840. https://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/2db2d430-d42b-013c-60ab-0242ac110003

Chicago/Turabian Format

No Division, NYPL item, but not associated with any one Division, e.g. NYPL Art Work, The New York Public Library. "Maps of property in the city of New York belonging to John J. Astor Esq." New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed May 30, 2024. https://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/2db2d430-d42b-013c-60ab-0242ac110003

APA Format

No Division, NYPL item, but not associated with any one Division, e.g. NYPL Art Work, The New York Public Library. (1840). Maps of property in the city of New York belonging to John J. Astor Esq. Retrieved from https://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/2db2d430-d42b-013c-60ab-0242ac110003

Wikipedia Citation

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Maps of property in the city of New York belonging to John J. Astor Esq.