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The Lawrence H. Slaughter Collection of English Maps, Charts, Globes, Books and Atlases

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"In thy map securely saile": Maps, Atlases, Charts, and Globes from the Lawrence H. Slaughter Collection. An online version of the exhibition on view at The New York Public Library, Fifth Ave. and 42nd Street, from October 24, 1998 through March 20, 1999.

The Lawrence H. Slaughter collection of English maps, charts, atlases, globes, and books relating to Colonial North America is housed at The New York Public Library, Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Map Division. Mr. Slaughter died in June 1996; his family determined in 1997 that the collection would come to NYPL so that it would be kept together and made accessible to the general public, scholars, and collectors. 

A Slaughter Collection Finding Aid is available at the reference desk in the Map Division. The finding aid includes an Author list, including all cartographers, mapsellers, engravers, etc., cited in the Slaughter collection. In addition, there is a Geographic Classification List, arranged in Slaughter collection number order, which is also in rough geographic order.

Two reading lists have been developed to provide background information, and to encourage further exploration into the Slaughter Collection, and English mapping and charting. One list cites materials on the History of English Mapping, and another is on the history of English nautical charts. These include New York Public Library classmarks to enhance access. Some titles relating to the history of navigation are located in the Science, Industry and Business Library [SIBL] located at 34th Street and Madison Avenue.

Slaughter Collection Background

Mr. Slaughter had a long association with the Map Division, via his membership in the Mercator Society of The New York Public Library. The Mercator Society is the donor group for the Map Division, and funding from this group enables the Division to purchase and conserve antiquarian maps and atlases.

As the Map Division celebrated its Centennial in 1998, we were deeply honored by this gift from the Slaughter family at that time. As part of our Division Centennial celebration, and to honor Mr. Slaughter's 20 years of collecting, an exhibit of selected titles from the Lawrence H. Slaughter Collection of gift and loan maps was mounted in Fall 1998 in the Edna Barnes Salomon Room, Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, The New York Public Library.

Some 600 maps, 100 atlases, and 50 books focusing on English Colonial North America make up this unique collection, which will be kept together and was named for Mr. Slaughter. Over a twenty year period Mr. Slaughter, with the assistance of a New York map dealer, developed this collection specifically around the history of English mapping of the Middle Atlantic colonies in North America. In addition, there are numerous Dutch and French maps complementing the English maps, and there are maps and charts covering many areas outside the Middle Atlantic colonies.

Included in the Collection are Mark Tiddeman's Draught of New York Harbor, 1749?; the "Ratzen" plan of the City, first edition, first state; the Montresor plan of New York; John Thornton's chart of Long Island, showing New York City, 1689. Among the books is Christopher Colles' Survey of the Roads, 1789; John Speed's A Prospect of the World, 1646 and 1668; John Seller's Atlas Terrestris/Atlas Minimus, 1685; Thornton's The English Pilot, the Fourth Book [America] 1689, 1713, and 1732; Mitchell's map of British Dominions, 1755; George Willdey's composite atlas, ca. 1717; William Berry's collection of 41 maps, 1680–1702. Two magnificent 18" library globes, by John Senex, 1720, in wonderfully spirited clawfoot cradles, are included with the Collection.

The Slaughter Collection complements and enhances map and atlas collections in the Map Division and Rare Book Division of The New York Public Library. Established in 1898, the Map Division holds some 420,000 maps and 20,000 books and atlases dating from the 16th century to the present.

Finding Slaughter Collection Materials:

Geographic Classification List

  • 1-30 District of Columbia

  • 31-98 Chesapeake Bay

  • 40-44, 150-160 Maryland

  • 91-106 Virginia books

  • 182-209 Delaware /Delaware Bay

  • 200 Middle Colonies

  • 231, 245, 250 Middle Colonies

  • 300-350 English atlases

  • 351-362 Carolina

  • 400s Eastern North America

  • 401-420 Southeast

  • 421-450 Atlantic Ocean

  • 451-550 Eastern North America

  • 551-557 Northwest Territory

  • 651-700 Northeast

  • 701-748 North America

  • 751-792 Western Hemisphere

  • 801-850 New York Province/New York City

  • 856, 859, 871 Southwest, Pacific

  • 901-2 Boston

  • 921-925 Bermuda

  • 1001-1036 World

  • 1201-1229 Great Britain, London

  • 1230-32 Paris atlases, map

  • 3001-4008 General books

  • 5000 Globes

  • 6000-6011 Non-America maps

Index to Authors, Cartographers, Engravers, Publishers

  • Alingham 3040

  • Allardt 662, 850

  • Andrews 462

  • Anonymous 9, 27, 58, 224, 261, 499, 550p, 748, 834, 3025

  • Anti-Gallicans 473

  • Anville 469, 511, 511.a, 550.m, 732, 780

  • Arrowsmith, Aaron 524, 783, 1018, 1027

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  • Barlow 719

  • Bassett, Thomas, mapseller 304

  • Bell 482 , 548

  • Bellin 451, 454, 454.a, 557, 658, 700.b

  • Bennett 438, 494, 539, 789, 805, 809, 810, 811, 835

  • Bent, W 5

  • Berry, William 326, 720

  • Bertius 506

  • Beverly 103

  • Bew, J 31

  • Biorck 3060

  • Blaeu 86, 356, 656, 923, 1001, 6004

  • Blaskowitz 692

  • Blome, Richard 327, 491, 726A,727, 3001, 3007, 3008, 3039

  • Blondel 1232

  • Blunt, E 250, 251, 848, 4003

  • Bolton 550.m, 729

  • Bonne 32, 33, 345, 402, 523

  • Bowditch 4002

  • Bowen, Emanuel 42, 416, 472, 672, 1207

  • Bowles 228, 349, 517, 693, 693A, 695, 700.c

  • Boye 56

  • Bradford 43, 207, 208,209

  • Braun 1211, 1212, 1231

  • Bretez 1230

  • Brion de la Tour 78, 300, 651, 654, 703

  • Brown, Christopher 80

  • Buache 550r

  • Bullet 1232

  • Burke 3033

  •  

  • Carey 20, 28, 29, 157, 205, 206, 552,553

  • Carey, Mathew 155, 160, 182, 183, 184, 185, 330, 340, 821

  • Carleton, Osgood 550u

  • Carver 349, 695

  • Cary, John 325, 527?

  • Chatelain 492

  • Chiswell, Richard, mapseller 304

  • Clark 236

  • Cloppenberg 72

  • Cluver 332

  • Colles 4000

  • Collett 733

  • Colom 320, 486, 871, 6008,6009

  • Condor, Tho. 824

  • Coronelli 449, 713

  • Covens 401, 481, 550t, 730, 788

  • Coxe 543

  • Crouch 537

  •  

  • Danckerts 680

  • Daniel 503

  • Darby 4011

  • De L'Isle 452, 453, 457, 458, 479, 480, 550r, 744, 755, 788

  • De Sauzet 74, 700.a

  • De Witt, Simeon 801, 802

  • DeBry 84, 352,430,784,791,3054

  • DeFer 508, 542

  • Delamarche 550.l

  • Denis 518

  • DeRam 1214

  • Des Barres, J 230, 231,673, 812, 827, 830, 831

  • Desnos 721, 767, 777, 1017

  • DeWit 785

  • Douglas 3019

  • Douglass 688

  • Dudley 41

  • Dunn 792, 1035

  • Dury 482

  • DuVal 435

  •  

  • Eddy 842

  • Ellicott 3061

  • Euler, L 734, 743

  • Evans 228, 4005, 4009

  •  

  • F., M. printer 303

  • Faden 350a, 350f, 471, 531, 535, 752, 804, 807, 808, 844

  • Ferguson 748

  • Finley 159, 195, 196, 197

  • Fisher, W. T. 240

  • Fisher, William 312

  • Fortin 779

  • [France] Dept. de la Mar 826

  • Franklin, Benjamin 4008

  • Fry 61, 63, 65

  •  

  • G., W. printer 304

  • Good 4, 16

  • Goos 331, 710, 1229

  • Gordon 308, 3042, 3043

  • Green 677, 677A, 700.d, 771, 772

  • Guthrie 3029, 3030

  •  

  • Hacke 1031, 3045

  • Hall 89

  • Halley, E 444, 1036, 1226, 1227, 3016

  • Harris 3059

  • Harrison 1213

  • Hawks, W. 806

  • Heald, Henry 191

  • Heather, William 71, 246, 427, 547

  • Hennepin 550.f, 3017

  • Hillard d'Auberteuil 3024

  • Hinton 718

  • Hogenberg 1211, 1212, 1231

  • Holland, Capt. 815, 828

  • Holland, Major 816

  • Homann 225, 452, 459, 463, 479, 480, 843, 6002

  • Homann heirs 235

  • Hondius, Henry 722, 723, 724, 762

  • Hondius, Jodocus 85, 357, 360, 362, 420M

  • Humble, William, mapseller 303

  • Humphrey 674,3032

  • Huske 3018

  • Hutchins 554

  •  

  • Imbert 533

  • Innys, W 823

  •  

  • Jacobz 420R, 538

  • Jaillot, A. H. 701, 714, 715

  • Jansson 46, 353, 461,679, 6011

  • Jefferson, Peter 61, 63, 65,

  • Jefferson, Thomas 99, 100, 101, 102

  • Jefferys 469, 511, 511.a, 677, 677A, 771, 772

  • Johnson 44

  • Justel 3005

  •  

  • Kaerius, Petrus, engraver 303, 304

  • Kalm 3051

  • Keith 3027

  • Kitchen , Thomas 57, 152, 484R, 512, 512.a, 1209

  • Klinger 13, 30

  • Kocherthal 3052

  •  

  • Lamb, Francis 420J

  • Laurie 248, 249, 321, 450C, 778, 1035

  • Lea 20, 28, 29, 157, 205, 206, 765, 1019,1020, 1217

  • LeBoucher 694, 3049

  • Le Rouge 65,498, 516, 546 498/second state--on both lists? 813, 818

  • Lewis, Samuel 51, 52, 60

  • Lootsman 544

  • Lotter, Tobias 475, 476, 477, 716, 845

  • Lucas, Fielding 53

  • Luther, Martin 3053

  •  

  • Madison, James 55

  • Marshall, John 825

  • Maxwell 702

  • Melish 525

  • Mercator 350e, 420M, 6010

  • Mercator, N. 3020, 6007

  • Meurs 50

  • Michel 699

  • Millar, And: [Mapseller] 484R

  • Mitchell 484R, 3010

  • Moithey 460

  • Moll, Herman 49, 237, 328, 329, 337, 341, 341.a, 405, 507, 550n, 674, 707, 712, 1031, 6001

  • Mollo//??same as Moll?? 514

  • Montanus 50

  • Montresor 819, 840

  • Moore 3012, 4006

  • Morden 48, 239, 307, 308, 335, 342, 347, 515, 668,685,773,1204,3006

  • Morse 3013, 4001

  • Mortier 79, 401, 424, 481, 550t, 730, 788

  • Mount, 22, 223, 350b, 428, 443, 465, 472, 901

  • Mount, J 419, 421, 422, 428, 450D, 653, 1007

  • Mount, Richard 312

  • Mount, W. & J. 450B

  • Mountaine 1036

  • Moxon 1020

  • Munster 766, 6000, 6003, 6005

  •  

  • Neal 3031

  • Nolin 455, 456, 522, 711, 761

  • Norden 3000

  • Norie 254

  •  

  • Ogilby 40, 664,775,1219, 3050

  • Oldmixon 3015

  • Ortelius 301, 302, 754, 1201, 1205, 1206, 6006

  • Ottens 550s

  • Oughtred 3022

  • Overton, Henry 708, 763, 1203, 1216, 1218

  •  

  • Page, T 223, 419, 421, 422, 428, 450D, 465, 472, 653, 1007

  • Page, Thomas 314

  • Palairet 745, 746

  • Parker 323

  • Peake 3002

  • Popple 516, 822

  • Pownall 483, 902

  • Price 311, 420U, 425, 426, 431, 450A, 652, 1005, 1006

  • Price, Charles 311

  • Probst 700.d

  • Purcell, J 403

  •  

  • Ratzen [sic] 839

  • Rea, Roger 304

  • Reid, I 7, 154, 820

  • Renard 434

  • Robert de Vaugondy 36, 63, 75, 76, 474, 474a, 497, 779, 782

  • Robijn 77

  • Rocque 731, 1224, 1225

  • Rollinson 1210

  • Rouchefoucault 3014

  • Ruscelli 540, 540.a, 550.b, 655

  • Russell, J 8, 222,551, 705

  •  

  • Sackersdorff 836

  • Sanson 485, 700.a, 725

  • Sauthier 232, 817, 818, 843, 845, 849

  • Sayer, Robert 432, 438, 494, 539, 735, 781, 789, 805, 809, 810, 811, 835

  • Scherer, Henricus 706

  • Scott, Joseph 150, 186

  • Seile 756, 757

  • Seller 234, 238, 255, 310, 311, 315, 316, 334, 339, 343, 344, 346, 420U,423,425,426,431,450A,652,1005, 1006,3003, 3009, 3011 , 3035, 3036, 3037, 3038, 3048, 3056

  • Seller, Jeremiah 311

  • Seller, John 311

  • Senex 37, 38, 311, 318, 333, 503, 702, 5000

  • Seutter 1215

  • Shaw, James 301

  • Smith, Anthony 47

  • Smith, Charles 4007

  • Smith, John 39,106, 3055

  • Society for Diffusion of Useful Knowledge, 350c

  • Sotzman 153

  • Soule 54

  • Soules 247, 3023

  • Spafford 3034, 4004

  • Speed, John 70, 303, 304, 305, 666, 354, 922

  • Sprengel 3044

  • Stedman 803

  • Stockdale 35

  • Stone, W. I. 10, 11

  • Strahan 3004

  • Suazet 924

  •  

  • Tanner 4012

  • Tarlton 62, 3058

  • Thackera 1, 2, 3

  • Thompson 528, 529, 530, 1034

  • Thornton 226, 231, 314, 324, 348, 350, 351, 355, 550g, 684, 847,921,1002, 1208

  • Thornton, John 312

  • Tiddeman, Mark 814

  • Tiebout 418

  • Turgot 1230

  •  

  • Vallance 1, 2, 3

  • Van den Keere 45, 759, 764

  • Van der Aa 106,229, 760,3046

  • Van Keulen 73, 77, 420R, 429, 436 , 510, 544, 660, 925

  • Varenius 3041

  • Vingboons 404

  • Visscher 519, 519.a, 661, 751, 1203

  • Vooght 73

  •  

  • W, J 24

  • Walton 1204

  • Ward 44

  • Washington 4010

  • Ward 3021

  • Wells 313, 319, 500, 501, 520, 704, 736,737,1032

  • Wells, P 841

  • Whittle 248, 249, 321, 450C, 778, 1035

  • Willdey 241, 322, 323, 351, 420P, 490, 738, 1034

  • Williams, J 448

  • Winchester 21

  • Winter 485

  • Wood, William 3047

  • Wytfliet 1004

  • Zatta 34, 550c