This map is probably one of the first printed maps of the City of Brooklyn. The New York State legislature on April 23rd 1835 enacted a law to appoint commissioners to lay out streets, avenues and squares in Brooklyn "of width not less than 70 feet… of such ample width as they deemed sufficient to secure a free and abundant circulation of air." On January 1st, 1839 the commissioners filed a map with the King's County clerk. The map gives impressive detail of Brooklyn, with each street park, square and cemetery indicated. An inset map in the upper right hand corner of the map depicts a small portion of Brooklyn which connects to the lower left portion of the map near Greenwood Cemetery. This folded map was most likely included in a contemporary report. The map can be dated between 1839 and 1841 as the lithographer occupied the above address during these years. The only other example of this map can be found in the Brooklyn Historical Society. A very large, early and scarce map of Brooklyn from the first half of the 19th century. $950
Ensign, Bridgeman & Fanning. "Fanning's Map of New York Shewing [sic] the entire Island with the Cities of Brooklyn and Jersey City." New York, . 23 x 32 (full surface). Lithographed in the style of a wood engraving. Hand colored. Bright and clean. Decorative border on all four sides. Folding map backed on linen, folded into original booklet. A few separations at the folds but most are in the Hudson River. New spine, but boards are original gold stamped publisher's cloth.
The separately issued city plan shows Brooklyn at the bottom, Jersey City at the top, and Manhattan from the Battery to 88th Street. Also included but abbreviated are Williamsburg, Bushwick and Newtown. An inset shows Manhattan from 88th Street to the Harlem River connection with the Hudson River. This area of the grid plan was fully mapped but just beginning to develop rapidly. Two pictorial insets show the "High Bridge" over the Harlem River and "Trinity Church." Details are clear and clean.
The booklet: A Map of the City and County of New York with the Adjacent Cities . . . with a Street Directory of the City of New York. New York: Thayer, Bridgeman & Fanning, 1854. 12 mo. Collates: title, 28 pp, 2 leaves with lists of products and services. The text is a street directory. $850
"Map of New York and Vicinity Accompanying Atlas of New York and Vicinity." From Atlas of New York and Vicinity. New York: F.W. Beers, A.D. Ellis & G.G. Soule, 1867. 29 3/4 x 28. Lithograph. Full original hand color. With folds as issued. Repaired tear across center, nearly invisible. Else, very good condition.
A handsome large folding map of New York and the surrounding area, including parts of New Jersey, Connecticut and Pennsylvania. $275
"New York and Its Surroundings. Map of the Metropolis from the Battery to One Hundred and Eighth Street, and Parts of Brooklyn, Williamsburg, Greenpoint, Jersey City and Hoboken." From Harper's Weekly. New York: Harper's Weekly, June 7, 1873. 20 x 30. Wood engraving.
A map of New York showing great detail from the Battery to 108th street, and some of the surrounding area. $225
"Coast Chart No. 20. New York Bay and Harbor. New York." Washington: U.S. Coast Survey, 1866, corrected to 1879. Separately issued U.S. coastal chart; sheet 20. 32 1/2 x 26 1/8. Lithograph. With considerable spotting, especially on verso, some light stains, and creases/wrinkles, all from use. Some manuscript navigational marks.
A highly detailed chart showing New York Harbor and Bay, a fine example of the output of the U.S. Coast Survey. This chart shows evidence of heavy use, perhaps being used by a ship based in New York City. Soundings and other navigational details are precisely depicted throughout the map. Also included are sailing directions and tables on tides and currents. Precise and minute interior information is given for Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Staten Island. $1,200
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"Rand, McNally & Co.'s Map of the Main Part of Brooklyn." and on verso: "Rand, McNally & Co.'s Map of the Southern Portion of New York City." From Rand, McNally's Atlas of the World. Chicago: Rand, McNally & Co., 1895. 9 1/4 x 12 1/2 and 12 1/2 x 9 1/4 respectively. Chromolithographs. Very good condition.
A small format map of the neighboring cities from Rand, McNally's 1895 Atlas of the World. The detailed map of Brooklyn represents Red Hook & Gowanus Bay to Hopkinson & Saratoga Avenues, and from Flatbush & Prospect Park to the Navy Yard and Newtown. On the verso we see Lower Manhattan from 38th Street to the Battery, and an inset in the lower left, "Outline Map of New York City," shows all of Manhattan Island. $150
From Indexed Atlas Of The World. Chicago: Rand, McNally & Co., -1899. 19 x 26. Cerograph. Full original color. Very good condition.
Late nineteenth century maps from the early days of the Rand, McNally & Co. firm out of Chicago, a company that would shift the center of cartographic publishing from the east coast to the mid-west. Typical of the work from the firm, these maps have very good detail, precisely and neatly exhibited. Topographic and social information, counties, roads, and many more details are illustrated. By the end of the nineteenth century, development in the state is shown extending up into the pan handle and to the west. Railroad information is also presented. Aesthetically and cartographically a foreshadow of the maps of the twentieth century.
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