Jul 09, 2020 - Sale 2540

Sale 2540 - Lot 184

Price Realized: $ 3,000
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 2,500 - $ 3,500
(PICTORIAL MAP -- NEW YORK CITY.) Hanley, Frank. Chart of Greenwich Village For Navigators Who Will Travel on Water or Otherwise. Once the Ninth Ward and Ancient Home of the Celt, Now Simply Hobohemia or "The Coney Island of the Soul." Offset-printed humor map featured as the centerfold illustration in Manhattan: A Weekly for Wakeful New Yorkers, No. 3, Vol. 1. 16 pages, 16x12 inches, on 4 unbound folding sheets; map double-page, 16x24 inches overall; original folds, very minor edge wear; preserved together with the issue's nearly perfect original green and black illustrated printed paper band wrapper. New York: Dell Publishing Company, February 1, 1933

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The inaugural issue of "Manhattan: A Weekly for Wakeful New Yorkers" included a similar striking centerfold: E. Simms Campbell's now-famous "Night-Club Map of Harlem". That map is a rarity to be sure, having appeared on the market only a handful of times. We are, however, unable to locate any previous offerings, recordings, or bibliographic references to a survival of the present map or specific issue of the Dell Company's short-lived magazine of editorial humor, gossip, cartoons, theatre reviews, and their lengthy listing of recreational recommendations "A Guide to Gaiety for Gadabouts and Gourmands".

Our map presents a unique contemporary visual framework of the Greenwich Village scene in 1933. It was drawn in the quirky cartooning style of the first half of the twentieth century by Frank Hanley, a regular cover artist for Judge Magazine and contributing illustrator to other humorous publications of the 1930's. His combination of compressed geography and Art Deco design elements interspersed with bubbles of contemporary catchphrases, hooey symbolism, and boffo social and cultural references helps exaggerate the bustling neighborhood vibe.

A selection of various figures, historic or bygone clubs, speakeasies, and other hip joints seen on the map include: The Liberal Club; Paul's Rendezvous advertising appearances of poets and bohemians Joe Gould, Eli Siegel, John Rose Gilday [Gildea], and Maxwell Bodenheim; "Villon of the Village" Bobby Edwards with his ukulele belting from the roof of his studio: "Way down south in Greenwich Village where the spinsters come for thrillage"; The original Whitney Museum: "What! Nothing I can't understand?"; Romany Marie "tells your fortune while she gypsies you"; The New School: "How to be modern taught here in ten lessons"; Webster Hall; The Salmagundi Club; Washington Square Park with "NYU students pushing tramps off benches so they can play campus. Bums pushing kids off benches so they can sleep"; square dancing at the Village Barn; The Pepper Pot; The Hot Feet Club; Lee Chumley's; Pepe Brothers Real Estate: "Original atmosphere renters"; Cherry Lane Theatre; Greenwich House Pottery; Mori's Italian restaurant: "Where Mrs. Mori used to make change in her lap"; The Hearth Stone; Clay Skillet; The Flamingo; Pig n' Whistle; Diana Crisp's Bead and Charm shop; Greenwich Village Inn; and an extraordinary stretch of MacDougal Street lined with abstract paintings for sale: "Are these modern? O yes! Well that's just the trouble with them".

"deep in the land of the wild smock and the smirk." It's the perfect cocktail of a gonzo "universal sense that whatever we were doing was right" and the apprehension and fears of them not hip to it.