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Ensign: Map of the City of New York
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. Denver.

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. $750

Fanning's Map of New York
Ensign, Bridgeman & Fanning. "Fanning's Map of New York Shewing [sic] the entire Island with the Cities of Brooklyn and Jersey City." New York, [1854]. 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

Beers, Ellis & Soule: NY & Vicinity
"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.

A map of New York showing great detail from the Battery to 108th street, and some of the surrounding area. $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
GoGo to page with other working sea charts of New York and region.

"New York City, Brooklyn, Jersey City, Hoboken, etc." Philadelphia: O.W. Gray & Son, 1876. 23 x 16 1/2. Lithograph. Original hand color. Two stains in the Hudson River. Else, very good condition. Denver.

A large, very detailed map showing New York City, as well as Jersey City and Hoboken. Streets, rail lines, waterways, ferries, Central Park, and the recently completed Brooklyn Bridge are all presented with precision and clarity. An inset in the top left shows the northern part of the city. $200

1880 New York City
"New York and Brooklyn." From Mitchell's New General Atlas. Philadelphia: S. Augustus Mitchell, Jr. 1880. 13 3/8 x 21. Lithograph. Original hand coloring. Light waterstain in bottom margin. Else, very good condition. Denver.

For most of the middle part of the nineteenth century, the firm founded by S. Augustus Mitchell dominated American cartography in output and influence. This fine map of New York and Brooklyn is from one of his son's atlases. The map depicts and names streets, rail lines, and major buildings. Good detail is given of Central Park and the islands around the city. Each area is colored in a contrasting pastel shade and an inset of the northern end of New York is included in the bottom right. A fine decorative border surrounds the map, and the whole effect makes for an attractive mid-nineteenth century map, as well as one of the most detailed maps of New York City of the later nineteenth century. $275

1895 Brooklyn
"Rand, McNally & Co.'s Map of the Main Part of Brooklyn." and on verso: "Rand, McNally & Co.'s Map of the Southern Portion of New York City." From Rand, McNally's Atlas of the World. Chicago: Rand, McNally & Co., 1895. 9 1/4 x 12 1/2 and 12 1/2 x 9 1/4 respectively. Chromolithographs. Very good condition.

A small format map of the neighboring cities from Rand, McNally's 1895 Atlas of the World. The detailed map of Brooklyn represents Red Hook & Gowanus Bay to Hopkinson & Saratoga Avenues, and from Flatbush & Prospect Park to the Navy Yard and Newtown. On the verso we see Lower Manhattan from 38th Street to the Battery, and an inset in the lower left, "Outline Map of New York City," shows all of Manhattan Island. $150

From Indexed Atlas Of The World. Chicago: Rand, McNally & Co., [1898]-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.