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Rare Early Survey of Long Island Sound

Important large format early chart of Long Island Sound, offering a rare glimpse of a bygone era on Long Island Sound. This fascinating chart recalls the period just prior to the establishment of the federally-funded U.S. Coast Survey

Blunt's 1830 Long Island Chart was a tremendous improvement over the Blunt firm's previous chart - the famous survey by Cahoone & Fosdick, which was issued from 1805 to 1827. The 1830 chart was extended to include Hell's Gate, the Harlem River, and its junction with the Hudson through Spuyten Duyvil. The map is also much more useful for piloting, with extensive soundings and more shore communities. A number of light houses are shown with yellow and red coloring. The three-year survey Blunt conducted offers detailed soundings for the usual sailing course in and out of New York Harbor via the Sound.

Edmund Blunt (1799-1866) was the son of New York publisher Edmund March Blunt. He worked as a surveyor for his father's company and eventually became assistant to Ferdinand Rudolph Hassler on the U.S. Coast Survey.

Condition Description
Lighthouses touched with yellow and red points of hand-color; professionally conserved stabilizing a large tear at left with small portion of upper Manhattan reinstated in ink facsimile, other minor tears and small losses in margins, some surface soiling, modern blue backing.
ref: Guthorn, US Coastal Charts, p. 65.