New York City map 1870 by Maverick Bridges Riley Mangin-Goerck planBrian DiMambro- Antiquarian
Plan of the City of New York, with the recent and intended Improvements Drawn from actual survey by William Bridges, City Surveyor.
(Manhattan- Mangin-Goerck Plan- Bridges Plan)
Issued 1870, New York by Isaac Riley. [Engraved by Peter Maverick].
Mid-19th century lithographed map, re-issue of the rare 1807 engraved version.
Light uniform paper age toning, right side margin backed with tissue paper with a couple small nicks, short 2" closed tear at middle left, slight misfolding, original fold lines, remaining clean & fresh - a pleasing and otherwise attractive visual example.
Sheet measures c. 13 3/8" x 13 1/4".
Printed area measures c. 12 1/4" x 12 5/8".
Tooley's Dictionary of Mapmakers, v. 3.
Augustyn & Cohen, Manhattan in Maps 1527-1995, pp. 96-99.
* Old World Auctions description- Sale 134, lot 266 (2010).
As well described by Old World Auctions, "This is William Bridges’ version of the failed 1801 Mangin-Goerck plan. The Common Council of New York commissioned Mangin, a French architect, and Goerck, a well-established New York Surveyor, to prepare a new plan of the city for regulatory purposes. Goerck passed away before the project was completed, giving Mangin full reign to create the plan in his own vision. The resulting map shows Manhattan with bizarre straight shorelines on the south and east, non-existent streets created out of thin air, such as Mangin and Goerck, and showed dry land and streets from areas well into the East River. The Mangin-Goerck plan was immediately rejected by the Common Council and is very rare today.
The plan is finely engraved with all streets named up the so-called Bank and Spruce streets. Locates the Sixth Ward, Hamilton Square and more. At the left is a large legend locating 52 important places and buildings within a scroll cartouche. Considering its imaginary nature and failure as a map, it is curious that Bridges chose the Mangin-Goerck plan as the base for this 1807 map. The map was engraved by Peter Maverick and published by Isaac Riley New York, 1807. Samuel Mitchell needed a map to illustrate his Picture of New York, a travel guide intended for the tourist, and approached Bridges to produce the map. Bridges was the City Surveyor who, in 1811, is best know for laying out New York’s grid street structure. "*