A fine c. 1872 map of Chicago issued by Warner and Beers. The map covers from Fullerton and Wrightwood Avenues to the Union Stockyards and from Central Park to Lake Michigan. All streets, wards, rail lines, public buildings, and parks are identified. The map beautifully illustrates the Chicago Park System. The 'Park System,' designed by Olmsted prodigy William Le Baron Jenny in 1871, refers to a network of parks and garden boulevards intended to embrace the city in arms of foliage. Many of these parks and boulevards remain today. Lincoln Park, Humboldt Park, Central Park, Douglass Park, and the Brighton Trotting Park are all, for example, here noted. This map was issued just one year after the Great Chicago Fire destroyed much of the city. The map shows a prosperous city and shows little of the fires devastation. Warner and Beers issued this map with several of their Illinois many county atlases. It was published in Chicago from the Warner and Beers office at 64 West Lake Street.
The Beers family (Fredrick, Silas, James and Daniel) (fl. c. 1850 - 1886), 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.
Very good. Blank on verso.
Rumsey 2585.044. OCLC: 48593024.