New York City Plans & Views
A beautiful example of a map that is as historically important as it is attractive. It was the culmination of all the surveys of the area conducted by the Dutch colonists of New Netherlands during their first three decades in America. It is also the first printed map to delineate... More
This is the most lavishly decorative of all the early editions of the best 17th century, Dutch map of the Northeast and New York. It added illustrations of animals and other detail not found on previous issues. The map was the culmination of all the surveys of the area conducted... More
New York/ New Jersey/ Early American Cartography.
[New York & Philadelphia, 1747]
A rare and uncommonly beautiful example of early American cartographic printing that covers the New York metropolitan area and northeastern New Jersey. Its production involved three towering colonial figures. Benjamin Franklin enlisted Lewis Evans, the first important American cartographer, to draft the map and also suggested that it be engraved... More
A superb example of a richly engraved map of the Northeast, which includes a fascinating view of New York City with a rarely seen depiction of the original wall that would become Wall Street. Called the Restitutio View for its dramatic depiction of the restitution of Dutch power in the... More
An excellent example, complete with text, of the most detailed, contemporaneous map of the Revolutionary War campaigns in and around Manhattan. With the preferred states of both the map and text. Remarkably, the map, which was originally issued as a broadside news bulletin, was published just weeks after the events... More
American Revolution/ New York City/ Lower Hudson River.
[London, January 17, 1777]
"One of the greatest of the Atlantic Neptune charts, with the best topographical information on the lower Hudson River valley, western Long Island, and Staten Island” (Nebenzahl, Bibliography). A rare and highly evocative map that provides a cartographic overview of both the ground and naval actions of the Revolutionary War..... More
New York City.
[New York, 1829]
A very rare and early plan of New York City, printed on silk, recording the beginning stages of the city’s development northward that was greatly accelerated by the opening of Erie Canal in 1825. OCLC locates only three examples of any of three editions of this map. The only market..... More
Dramatic rendering of the aftermath of the Great Fire of 1835, “the most devastating conflagration in New York’s history and the largest in America up to that date…one of the most significant events in the city’s history” (Augustyn & Cohen). The fire covered 52 acres and destroyed 674 buildings. Its..... More
Large, richly detailed, extensively updated edition of one of the finest plans of New York City of the first half of the 19th century. This fourth* and final edition of the map added a wealth of detail both within the bounds of New York City and beyond its borders. The... More
New York City.
[New York, 1849]
"Here is an extraordinary view of Manhattan as a rapidly developing metropolis. John William Hill has placed us at just the right height for peering into the city's streets, sizing up the look of its buildings, and noting the increasing density of it structures as the midpoint of the nineteenth... More
New York State & City.
[New York, 1851]
An evidently rare, elegantly engraved small wall map of New York State with well-executed portraits of De Witt Clinton, Robert Fulton, Daniel D. Tomkins, and Henry Hudson in the corners. OCLC lists just a single copy of this edition, at NYSL, and single copies of 1853 and 1858 editions, also... More
This dramatic view – displaying New York as if seen from a balloon above Governor’s Island – captures the city in its rush to develop up Manhattan Island. The city's then frontier is apparent in the background; in the upper thirties and forties, urban sprawl up the island gives way..... More
Attractive, separate maps New York City and Brooklyn, from a period when both as well as Williamsburg were still independent cities. At the top center is a birds-eye view of the entire city showing its harbor teeming with sailing ships and steamers. New York University, then just over twenty years... More
Block Island to Cuba.
[New York, 1853]
A superb specimen of American chart making: the definitive general chart of the mid-19th century covering most of the east coast of the United States. This is a scarce chart on the market in any condition, but in fine condition as here, it is very rare. As Guthorn has pointed..... More
A fine view that richly embodies the Currier & Ives aesthetic, with its emphasis on the undisturbed orchard setting of then Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, in the foreground, with New York City and New Jersey towns quietly in the distance. The color palette features the lush greens of late summer with... More
Rare. This was as authoritative a chart of these waters as was available at the time. Despite its density of detail, the chart was engraved with uncommon clarity. Its charting of the Connecticut shoreline includes the many, small harbor islands, especially along the western shore. Also, all inlets, rivers and..... More
New York State & City.
A breathtakingly ambitious map both in scale and content, pronounced by Ristow as being of "higher quality than the maps of other states published prior to the Civil War." Ristow in fact devoted an entire chapter to its creation; see below. Fortunately, the map is here offered in folding form..... More
[New York, J. Rau, 1862]
Two delicately colored views, "drawn from nature," that capture areas of Central Park at a rarely seen, early stage of its creation. In 1862 when they appeared in the very rare Central Park Album, the Park had been open for four years, but was still several years away from being... More
Panoramic view of an area that was renowned in its day as having one of the most beautiful prospects in the New York area. The work also affords a rare and evocative glimpse of the then independent village of East New York prior to urbanization. The snug village in the... More
A bright, vibrantly colored example of this scarce map of the New York metropolitan region that appeared in just a single edition of the Beers New York State atlas. On the map, concentric circles surrounding New York City at five mile intervals emphasize the centrality the city had already achieved... More
An elegant and scarce bird’s-eye view of College Point, showing the area during its transition from a rural suburb to a thriving factory town. The development of the neighborhood centered on the Enterprise Rubber Works, founded by the German-American philanthropist and entrepreneur Conrad Poppenhusen. His factory is shown as well..... More
An excellent cartographic portrait of Brooklyn after a period of explosive growth following the Civil War. From its ship building role during the war, Brooklyn expanded its industrial and commercial bases in the post-war years. At the time of this map, Brooklyn was the third largest city in the United... More
Very rare. This is one of the finest chromolithographed advertising broadsides we have seen; it was produced by the era's foremost practitioner of this printing technology. Chromolithography is a complex and expensive process that involves separate printing stones for each color used; the result, however, as is evident here, are..... More
New York City.
This very rare wall map is the earliest we are aware of to display New York City as presently constituted, the result of the consolidation of the five boroughs on January 1, 1898. The map's title trumpets the creation of what is termed "the Imperial City of the New World." ... More
New York City/ Ephemera..
[New York, April 30, 1939]
This humorous portrayal of New York was printed in the New York Times to coincide with the April 30 opening of the 1939 World’s Fair. It accompanied The Times’ “First Aid To Sightseers,” a guide to the city’s monuments, parks, and public buildings. But where the Times is smartly helpful..... More