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1870 Hardy Map of Manhattan, New York City


1870 Hardy Map of Manhattan, New York City


Unusual political map of Victorian New York.



Map of the City of New York, Showing its Political Divisions and Subdivisions November 1870.
  1870 (dated)     17.5 x 39 in (44.45 x 99.06 cm)


This large map 1870 map of New York City is actually five maps in one. Each map is drawn to illustrate one aspects of the political terrain of New York City in 1870. The primary map, which stretches through the lower quadrants, details the political divisions and subdivisions of New York. Above it, four additional maps focus on 'Wards and Senate Districts,' 'Wards and Congressional Districts,' 'Wards and School Districts,' and 'Wards and Justice District's. Each map is brightly colored in pastels to further illustrate the various divisions. All streets are labeled. Published by John Hardy, Clerk of the Common Council, for the 1870 edition of the Manual of the Corporation of New York.


John Hardy (September 19, 1835 - December 9, 1913) was born in Scotland on September 19, 1835. At four he, along with his parents, immigrated to the United States and settled in New York City. There he attended public schools and in 1853 graduated from the College of the City of New York, where he studied law. In 1861 he was admitted to the New York Bar and in the same year took a seat on the New York State Assembly. He later was elected to the Board of Alderman of New York City and held this post, on and off, from 1863 to 1869. In 1870 and again in 1871 he held the position of Clerk of the Common Council of New York City. In this position, like Valentine and Shannon before him, he published an annual Manual of the Corporation of the City of New York, which detailed the events of the year, Common Council minutes, offered an assortment of maps, and included political and historical notes on the city. Late, in 1877, he became the Chief Clerk to the Mayor and in 1881 was elected on the Democratic ticket to the United States Congress, a position he held until 1885. He died on December 9, 1913 and is interred in Greenwood Cemetery, Brooklyn.


Hardy, John, Manual of the Corporation of the City of New York, 1871.    


Good. Exhibits minor discoloration on original fold lines. Verso repairs and reinforcements to margins and along high stress areas such as the original fold lines and edges. Brittle with age. Blank on verso.


Haskel, D. C., Manhattan Maps, A Co-operative List, 1222.