NEW YORK CITYUPPER WEST SIDE.
BRIDGES, WILLIAM, city surveyor. Manuscript map entitled "Map of Fourteen Lots of Ground situated on the Bloomingdale Road and adjoining to Harsen Villa being part of the Estate of the late Mr. Jno. Somerindyck Dec'd New York Surveyed Febry. 1810." Pen, ink and wash plan, 744 x 1048 mm, backed onto linen. Toned, splits, margins brittle and chipped with loss.
A early detailed survey of an area in the Upper West Side that is now bounded (approximately) by 66th and 72nd street and another four blocks between 71st and 73rd street and Columbus and Amsterdam ("Bloomingdale Road" is present-day Broadway). James de Lancey was attainted for Treason by Act of the Legislature in 1779, and forfeited his land holdings on Manhattan as a result. John Somerindyck [d.1790] bought the 200-acre de Lancey property from the Commissioners of Forfeiture in 1786: the present plan is a survey of a portion of this estate. Bridges was the publisher of Map of the City Of New York And Island Of Manhattan With Explanatory Remarks And References (New York: 1811) which included New York city commissioners' report as well as Bridges' mapthe first engraved grid map of the city.