Astoria, Part of Long Island City, Town of Newtown, Queens, Co. L.I.
1873 (undated) 15.5 x 21.5 in (39.37 x 54.61 cm)
A scarce example of Fredrick W. Beers' map of the southern part of Astoria, Queens, New York. Published in 1873, this magnificent map covers from Hells Gate and Halletts Cove eastward as far as Third Ave and the 'Lorrenz and Wiegand's Hot Houses.' Street names have long since changed, but by today's reckoning this map covers, roughly, from 1st street eastward as far as 34th or 35th street and from 24th road and Hoyt Avenue southward as far as Broadway. Details the homes of individual land owners and families. Verso contains maps of Newtown, Woodside, Maspeth and East Williamsburgh. This is probably the finest atlas map of Astoria to appear in the 19th century. Prepared by Beers, Comstock & Cline out of their office at 36 Vesey Street, New York City, for inclusion as plate no. 50 in the first published atlas of Long Island, the 1873 issue of Atlas of Long Island, New York.
The Beers family (Fredrick, Silas, James and Daniel), along with Charles and Augustus Warner, were prominent map publishers working from the 1850s to the late 1880s. Often publishing under the Warner & Beers designation, the combined firms produced a series of important state and county atlases and map of much of the northeastern United States. Many of their regional maps are among the most detailed and well laid out maps ever produced of their respective regions. Because Warner & Beers county maps were often detailed down to the individual homes and landowners, they have become highly sought after by general and family historians. In additional to producing maps of surpassing detail, Warner & Beers also maintained an earlier generation's attention to detail and quality while publishing in an era ever increasingly dominated by the low cost printing methods used by the publishing empires of Rand McNally and George Cram.
Atlas of Long Island, New York. From Recent Actual Surveys and Records Under the Superintendence of F. W. Beers. (1873 First Edition)
Very good condition. Original centerfold. Minor transference. Map runs off edge of page, as issued.
New York Public Library, Map Division, 1527281.