1861 Beers Wall Map of Philadelphia and Vicinity

PhiladelphiaVicinity-beers-1861
$2,500.00
Map of the Vicinity of Philadelphia. - Main View
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1861 Beers Wall Map of Philadelphia and Vicinity

PhiladelphiaVicinity-beers-1861

Civil War era map of Phili!
$2,500.00

Title


Map of the Vicinity of Philadelphia.
  1861 (dated)     67 x 64 in (170.18 x 162.56 cm)     1 : 63360

Description


An impressive 1861 Civil War Era wall map of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and vicinity by Silas N. Beers and J. E. Gillette. Centered on Philadelphia, coverage extends roughly 25 miles around in all directions. There is a large inset of Philadelphia in the upper right as well as a city directory along the left side. In addition, there are numerous smaller inset plans detailing surrounding towns and communities.
Publication History and Census
This map is based on surveys compiled by D. Jackson Lake and Silas N. Beers, with additional surveys by Frederick W. Beers, Daniel Glover Beers., and L. B. Lake. The work was published by John E. Gillette, Philadelphia. The first issue appeared in 1860, with the imprint of John E. Gillette and C. K. Stone. The Stine imprint disappears in the present 1861 second edition.

CartographerS


Silas Norman Beers (September 3, 1837 - May 12, 1873) was a mapmaker in New York, the brother of Daniel Glover Beers (October 19, 1841 - February 12, 1913) and son of Charles Henry Beers (November 3, 1813 - March 5, 1892). He was marred to Sarah Nichols (1840 - 1933) in 1860. He lived most of his life in Connecticut as a farmer, but also worked as a Civil Engineer with his brother, Daniel Glover Beers, and uncle, Frederick William Beers (August 17, 1839 - September 8, 1933). Learn More...


Frederick William Beers (August 17, 1839 - September 8, 1933) was an American map publisher, cartographer, and surveyor. Beers was born in Maryland, the son of map publisher James Botsford Beers (October 16, 1811 - June 3, 1901), but lived much of his life in New York where he was the chief of the map division and Commissioner of Public Records in Brooklyn. He joined the family business in 1870 and along with his father, published the Farm Line Atlas of the County of Kings and the Atlas of Long Island. He is credited with personally mapping every county in New York State. Frederick worked with his family into the mapmaking trade, including his brother, Charles Henry Beers (November 3, 1813 - March 5, 1892), and nephews Silas Norman Beers (September 3, 1837 - May 12, 1873) and Daniel Glover Beers (October 19, 1841 - February 12, 1913). He retired from the publishing business in 1930, when he was more than 90 years old. He died on September 8, 1933 in Bridgeport, Connecticut. Learn More...


Daniel Glover Beers (October 19, 1841 - February 12, 1913) was an American farmer, surveyor, and mapmaker active in Connecticut. He is the brother of Silas Norman Beers (September 3, 1837 - May 12, 1873), son of Charles Henry Beers (November 3, 1813 - March 5, 1892), and nephew of Frederick William Beers (August 17, 1839 - September 8, 1933), all prominent mapmakers. D. G. Beer's name appears on the imprint of several Beers maps, including the large 1860 wall map of Philadelphia and vicinity, with Dunning Jackson Lake (1836 - 1915). In 1865 he partnered with one 'Pomeroy' of Rochester, New York to publish an Atlas of Delaware under the imprint of 'Pomeroy and Beers'. This business dissolved in 1880, after which he published independently as 'D. G. Beers and Co.' In the same year he patented a folding canvas canopy for covered wagons, a business that became extremely prosperous. Learn More...


Dunning Jackson Lake (1836 - December 27, 1915) was a prominent civil engineer and map publisher based in Philadelphia in the second half of the 19th century. He was most born in Fairfield County, Connecticut, where he would have been a close associate of the prominent Beers mapmaking family - with whom he would later collaborate extensively. He began his mapmaking career by publishing special issue maps of Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Indiana between 1860 and 1870. In 1873 he turned his attention to atlas publishing, issuing more than 40 county atlases covering parts of Michigan, Indiana, Pennsylvania, Maryland (10 atlases), and Ohio. In 1875 he partnered with Bruce N. Griffing and 'Stevenson' to form the firm of 'Lake, Griffing, and Stevenson'. This firm published extensively until 1879, when it was dissolved. From 1879 Lake published as D. J. Land and Co., issuing works on Kentucky, Indiana, and Illinois. He later relocated to California where he died in 1915. Learn More...

Condition


Average. Splotchy overall toning, crackling. Some of the old varnish remains. Original rollers.