This is an extraordinary and rare large format F. Beers map of Tarrytown, New York. Map is a hand colored lithographic engraving dating 1868. Tarrytown is a prominent town on the Hudson river and the location of the important Tappan Zee Bridge. It is also the setting for the wonderful 19th century short story, 'The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.' This map shows the area in extraordinary detail and includes the names of individual households and land owners – even the shape of their homes! Right hand side of the map features a regional directory of Banks, Hotels, Markets, Livery Stables, Saloons, Schools, Blacksmiths, and many others. Produced by prominent 19th century American map publisher Frederic Beers in his seminal 1868 Atlas of New York and Vicinity. This map is extremely rare and the first we have seen on the open market.
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.
Beers, F., Atlas of New York and Vicinity. (1868 edition)
Very good condition. Old closed verso repair, from left margin, center. Original fold lines. Blank on verso.