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The Ratzer Map of the City of New York in North America with a South West view of the city

This beautiful plan drawn by Bernard Ratzer of His Majesty's Royal American Regiment and engraved by Thomas Kitchin is one of the better-known images of New York from this period, showing extensive detail of the colonial city as then was.

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Reference: A201
Date 1776-7
Hydrographer/Surveyor/Artist: Lt. Bernard Ratzer
Size Of Original: w 36" x h 50"
Paper Type Innova Smooth Cotton 315gsm

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The original survey for the portion of the chart depicting lower Manhattan was completed as early as 1767 and was published in 1769 on a single sheet.  This earlier publication has Ratzer's name inscribed as 'Ratzen' - a mistake on the part of Kitchin, the engraver, and it has ever since been known as the 'Ratzen Plan'. 

In 1767 Ratzer extended his original survey to include part of Brooklyn and Long Island, along with part of East shore of the Hudson and Paulus Hook. The first edition of this plan, presented here, is generally referred to as the 'Ratzer Map' was first published in 1770. The edition presented here dates from 1776.

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The Ratzer Map of the City of New York in North America with a South West view of the city
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