A fascinating map of Manhattan prepared by Matthew Dripps (fl. 1850s). While the planners in New York were looking forward to establishing Central Park, this map is for finding one's way around lower Manhattan and adjacent boroughs across the Hudson and East Rivers. Details on streets and docks illustrate how to find one's way in or out or around the busy and growing metropolis. Ref.: for similar maps by Dripps in this style and condition see Cohen and Augustyn Manhattan in Maps 1527-1995. Pp. 124-127. A scarce map that would have received rough handling when it was new. JT OUT ON APPROVAL
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
"New York and Its Surroundings. Map of the Metropolis from the Battery to One Hundred and Eighth Street, and Parts of Brooklyn, Williamsburg, Greenpoint, Jersey City and Hoboken." From Harper's Weekly. New York: Harper's Weekly, June 7, 1873. 20 x 30. Wood engraving.
This interesting map of New York City was printed in a supplement to Harper's Weekly. A key at the bottom of the map shows churches and public buildings, newspaper offices, hotels, etc., in Manhattan. Listed there as well are churches and public buildings in Brooklyn, Hoboken and Jersey City, and churches in Williamsburg, Long Island City, and Greenpoint.
Manhattan's Central Park is shown in detail, with the "Play Ground," "The Green," "The Pond," "The Lake," "The Mall," and the "Croton Reservoir." Both street railroads and steam railroads are indicated. Grand Central Depot shows the Harlem, the New York Central, the Hudson River, and the New York & New Haven railroad lines terminating there. On the West Side along the river is also the Hudson River Railroad running on 11th Avenue before turning to the river edge. Ferry lines are depicted as well.
Blackwell's Island (later known as Welfare Island and, since 1971, Roosevelt Island) in the East River is prominent with a hospital, penitentiary, female and male almshouses, workhouse and "Lunatic Asylum."
Altogether a fascinating view of the metropolis of the post-Civil War era. $225
"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
Go to page with other working sea charts of New York and region.
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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