Historic New Jersey maps show state's evolution
With beautiful illustrations and incredible detail, a Princeton University exhibition of maps, engravings and photographs shows New Jersey's evolution from the 17th century to the present.
Located in the Main Gallery of Firestone Library, the exhibition is titled "Nova Caesarea: A Cartographic Record of the Garden State, 1666-1888." It includes wall maps of the entire state, each county, and many regions and municipalities, as well as coastal maps and surveying tools. Images range from the first New Jersey map in English, dating to 1675, to photographs taken in 2013 and displayed side-by-side with 19th-century engravings.
The exhibition coincides with the 350th anniversary of the 1664 naming of New Jersey, which was also referred to as Nova Caesara. Curated by the Historic Maps Collection, part of the Princeton University Library's Department of Rare Books and Special Collections, the show will be on display through Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tours with Historic Maps Collection curator John Delaney will be offered at 3 p.m. Oct. 26 and Dec. 14.