Ensign & Thayer. "Map of the City of New York, with the Adjacent Cities of Brooklyn & Jersey City, & the Village of Williamsburg." New York, 1849. Lower right corner, "Drawn and engraved by John M. Atwood, 19 Beekman St. N.Y." and copyrighted by Humphrey Phelps in 1844 noted at lower left, bottom margin. Folding map backed on linen. Engraving (hand colored). 17 x 20 1/4 (full sheet). With gold stamped original cloth covers and with booklet. The back cover of the booklet is detached but can be easily attached, or remain separate if the map is to be framed or stored flat. Clean examples of the map and booklet.
The city plan shows Manhattan from thirty second street and then to downtown to the Battery. To the bottom left is the City of Brooklyn from the Navy Yard to Sackett Street. Two insets along the top border show "Jersey City" and the upper part of Manhattan to the top of the Harlem River. An exquisite map.
The booklet: A Map of the City and County of New York with the Adjacent Cities of Brooklyn and Jersey City and the Village of Williamsburg with a Street Directory of the City of New York. Collation: Title, 28 pp., 1 leaf of advertisement for Ensign & Thayer listing publications and services. $900
Ensign, Bridgeman & Fanning. "Fanning's Map of New York Shewing [sic] the entire Island with the Cities of Brooklyn and Jersey City." New York, . 23 x 32 (full surface). Lithographed in the style of a wood engraving. Hand colored. Bright and clean. Decorative border on all four sides. Folding map backed on linen, folded into original booklet. A few separations at the folds but most are in the Hudson River. New spine, but boards are original gold stamped publisher's cloth.
The separately issued city plan shows Brooklyn at the bottom, Jersey City at the top, and Manhattan from the Battery to 88th Street. Also included but abbreviated are Williamsburg, Bushwick and Newtown. An inset shows Manhattan from 88th Street to the Harlem River connection with the Hudson River. This area of the grid plan was fully mapped but just beginning to develop rapidly. Two pictorial insets show the "High Bridge" over the Harlem River and "Trinity Church." Details are clear and clean.
The booklet: A Map of the City and County of New York with the Adjacent Cities . . . with a Street Directory of the City of New York. New York: Thayer, Bridgeman & Fanning, 1854. 12 mo. Collates: title, 28 pp, 2 leaves with lists of products and services. The text is a street directory. $850
"Map of New York and Vicinity Accompanying Atlas of New York and Vicinity." From Atlas of New York and Vicinity. New York: F.W. Beers, A.D. Ellis & G.G. Soule, 1867. 29 3/4 x 28. Lithograph. Full original hand color. With folds as issued. Repaired tear across center, nearly invisible. Else, very good condition.
A handsome large folding map of New York and the surrounding area, including parts of New Jersey, Connecticut and Pennsylvania. $275
"Coast Chart No. 20. New York Bay and Harbor. New York." Washington: U.S. Coast Survey, 1866, corrected to 1879. Separately issued U.S. coastal chart; sheet 20. 32 1/2 x 26 1/8. Lithograph. With considerable spotting, especially on verso, some light stains, and creases/wrinkles, all from use. Some manuscript navigational marks.
A highly detailed chart showing New York Harbor and Bay, a fine example of the output of the U.S. Coast Survey. This chart shows evidence of heavy use, perhaps being used by a ship based in New York City. Soundings and other navigational details are precisely depicted throughout the map. Also included are sailing directions and tables on tides and currents. Precise and minute interior information is given for Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Staten Island. $1,200
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"Map of Long Island." New York: J.B. Beers & Co., ca. 1887. 13 x 51 (neat lines) plus margins. Lithograph. Original hand color. With some light stains in middle. Some repaired tears and tiny holes at folds; expertly conserved. Overall, very good condition and appearance.
One of the largest and most desirable maps of Long Island. First issued in 1873, this map shows the entire length of Long Island, with its ancillary islands, as well as Manhattan and parts of Staten Island and New Jersey. Detail throughout is impressive, with roads, towns, railroads, islands, waterways, post offices, mills, and much else clearly delineated. The townships are marked out in contrasting colors. Of interest are the marks for the radial distance from New York's City Hall.
James Botsworth Beers was a relative in a large Beers family that published many atlases and maps from the 1850s through the 1920s. The most prominent relative was Frederick W. Beers who produced maps of many places in the United States. J.B. Beers was the major publisher of his Atlas of Long Island in 1887. $1,200
From Indexed Atlas Of The World. Chicago: Rand, McNally & Co., -1899. 19 x 26. Cerograph. Full original color. Very good condition.
Late nineteenth century maps from the early days of the Rand, McNally & Co. firm out of Chicago, a company that would shift the center of cartographic publishing from the east coast to the mid-west. Typical of the work from the firm, these maps have very good detail, precisely and neatly exhibited. Topographic and social information, counties, roads, and many more details are illustrated. By the end of the nineteenth century, development in the state is shown extending up into the pan handle and to the west. Railroad information is also presented. Aesthetically and cartographically a foreshadow of the maps of the twentieth century.
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