Southold and Shelter Island Suffold Co. L.I.
1873 (undated) 14 x 22 in (35.56 x 55.88 cm)
A rare example of Fredrick W. Beers' Map of Southold and Shelter Island, Long Island, New York. Published in 1873, this magnificent map covers from Franklinville and Mattituck Hills eastward past Cutchogue harbor, Peconic Village, Great Hog Neck Southold, Greenport, Orient Point and Oyster ponds to Plum Island. Includes all of Shelter Island in superb detail. An inset map in the lower left depicts Gardiners Bay, Plum Island and Gull Island. Another inset in the lower right quadrant details the village of North Greenport. Beers maps are highly desirable for their superb detail down to the level of individual buildings and household family names. Shelter Island for example denotes the large properties and households of Doctor B. Nicoll, Professor E. Ne Horsford, J H. Tuthill, Sk. Ck Cartwright, M. D. Loper and many others. 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) (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.
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. Original centerfold, as issued. Minor overall toning and marginal water stains in upper left and right quadrants. Verso features maps of East Marion, New Suffood, Orient, Cutchogue and Peconic Village.
New York Public Library, Map Division, 1527349.