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1868 Shannon and Rogers Map of New York City (Manhattan)

Map of the City of New York.

1868 Shannon and Rogers Map of New York City (Manhattan)


Unusual elongated map of Manhattan Island.



Map of the City of New York.
  1868 (dated)    40 x 8 in (101.6 x 20.32 cm)     1 : 23040


This is an unusual and very rare 1868 Map of New York city by William C. Rogers. The map depicts the whole of the island of Manhattan with some detail in parts of Brooklyn, Queens and the Bronx. This unusual map offers extraordinary detail throughout with color coding by city ward. Street names, parks, piers, and public buildings are noted. Curiously, the names and property boundaries of early landholders are overlaid on the city grid - thus offering a great deal of valuable historic information. Depth soundings in the Hudson and East Rivers are also noted. In the Bronx and Queens, the beginnings of both the Long Island Railroad and Metro North are apparent. Central Park is illustrated in detail, exhibiting the full glory of Olmstead's plan in an unusual elongated format.

This map was prepared by William C. Rogers for inclusion in the 1868 edition of Joseph Shannon’s Manual of the Common Council of the Corporation of the City of New York.


Joseph Shannon (fl. c. 1850 - 1869) produced a series of New York City almanacs and fact books entitled Manual of the Corporation of The City of New York . Shannon's Manual is very similar to the more common manual issued by Valentine. The production of this annual manual was the responsibility of the Clerk of the Common Council of the City of New York, a position held at different times by both Shannon and Valentine. The manual included facts about the City of New York, city council information, city history, and reported on the progress of public works such as Central Park.

William C. Rogers (fl. c. 1860 - 1873) was a New York based lithographer active in the mid to late 19th century. His is best known for his engravings issued in conjuction with Joseph Shannon's Manual of the Corporation fo the City of New York. Rogers issued several maps of New York City in the 1860s and 1870s.


Shannon, J., Manual of the Common Council of the City of New York,(New York) 1868.    


Very good. Narrow margins, as issued. Backed on archival tissue for stability.


Phillips, Philip Lee, A List of Maps of America in the Library of Congress, page 537. Haskell, D., Manhattan Maps: A Co-operative List, 1186.
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