Showing the Location of the First Art Dealer in Manhattan.
A detailed engraved folding map of Lower Manhattan north to approximately 23rd Street. The map is hand-colored by ward in attractive bright pastels. An expansive list of points of interest is included with one hundred and nine items.
The map names the many streets, parks, wards, wharves and ferry lines of the area. The index of places of interest is exhaustive, including museums, churches, orphanages, penitentiaries, and more. Of particular interest is the unnumbered inclusion of "M. Paff's Gallery of Paintings," a note on a gallerist known as "the earliest picture dealer in New York City." The map notes that the gallery is "free to artists."
The map appeared in Reise Sr. Hoheit des herzogs Bernhard zu Sachsen-Weimar-Eisenach durch Nord-Amerika in den jahren 1825 und 1826, a work that illustrates the travels of Prince Carl Bernhard of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach. After serving as a colonel during the Battle of Waterloo and the Battle of Quatre Bras, Duke Bernhard (at the time) traveled extensively in the United States in 1825-26 and published his accounts shortly after. His book was received with great pleasure in American literary journals, which noted the rarity of European visitors to the United States. Works such as Bernhard's are always interesting to read, as they provide a unique foreign viewpoint on democracy in America. Commentaries from Duke Bernhard included his surprise at the observation of the Sabbath in the north, how impressed he was at the level of education in women in Boston, and his horror of the southern police state enacted to repress slaves.