Map of central portions of the cities of New York and Brooklyn.
1873 (undated) 14 x 22.5 in (35.56 x 57.15 cm)
A rare example of Fredrick W. Beers' Map New York City, New York. Published in 1873, this map depicts New York City to 115th Street and parts of Brooklyn and Queens. Features detail to the street level showing individual buildings, parks, and street names. Offers exceptional detail in Central Park and Queens, areas generally neglected by earlier maps of the city. Blackwood Island (Roosevelt Island) is beautifully detailed with a Hospital shown at the southern tip of the Island where today we see only a decrepit, if glorious, ruin. Shows the beginning of the Long Island Railroad at Hunter's Point and the individual buildings of the Lunatic Asylum on Ward's Island. Prepared by Beers, Comstock & Cline out of their office at 36 Vesey Street, New York City, for inclusion 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. Verso repairs to margin. Original centerfold. Text on verso.
New York Public Library, Map Division 1527255. Phillips (Atlases) 2144. Phillips (Maps of America) p. 491. LeGear, Atlases of the United States, L2306. Rumsey 1573.022.