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2023 Fall Fine Art & Antiques (Day 2)

Sat, Oct 7, 2023 09:00AM EDT
Lot 557

Memphis TN Plat Books c. 1900, Snowden Family

Estimate: $350 - $450

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Group of Memphis Tennessee plat books, formerly owned by Col. Robert Bogardus Snowden (1836-1909), prominent landowner and businessman. 7 books total, including 6 books labeled for Wards 1-7, 10, and 23 containing blueprints of city plats, circa 1900, and 1 book titled simply "Plats" with black printed and/or hand drawn plats, possibly pre-dating the other books. Plats shown include the Snowden-Binkley subdivision and other various land holdings; there are several printed and pencil notations as to owners and land transfers. All with cloth covers, approximately 15" x 9". Very rare glimpse of the streets of Memphis as they appeared near the turn of the century, owned by one of the city's most important families. Note: several other items that descended in the Snowden family, used at their historic home Annesdale, are also for sale in this auction.


Considerable wear and staining to covers. Cover of unnumbered plat book has become detached and the rear cover is missing, along with several of the last pages.

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