11 results, ordered by Publication Date

A remarkable United Electric Light and Power archive, with maps

A unique report, heavily illustrated offering an inside view of the United Electric Light and Power Company in 1924 as it was well on its way to dominating power transmission in Manhattan. With four Manhattan maps, among them a monumental blueprint of the island’s electrical supply system. A native of Maplewood, New Jersey, William Barry […]

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T[homas] Kennard Thomson, Consulting Engineer [Extract of a U.S. Geological Survey map of New York City, with manuscript additions delineating a proposed extension of Manhattan into New York Harbor]. New York, March 22, 1911. Map printed in colors with additions in ms, 11 ¼”h x 29 ¼”w at sheet edge, mounted on board. Accompanied by early exhibition label. [with:] --, CITY OF NEW MANHATTAN, PROPOSED MAY 1911, REVISED MAY 1930. New York, May 1930. Ms in ink on surveyor’s linen, 28 ½”h x 24 ½”w at sheet edge. Minor dampstaining, else excellent.

Two manuscript plans for a visionary extension of Manhattan Island

Two visionary manuscript maps by T. Kennard Thomson (1864-1952), an architect and engineer whose work helped shape early 20th-century American urban landscapes. These maps, created in 1911 and 1930, delineate Thomson’s proposal for “New Manhattan”, an ambitious landfill project to extend Manhattan Island eight miles into New York Harbor. The first map represents Thomson’s preliminary […]

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"Plan of the City of New York" in Samuel Latham Mitchill's 1807 "Picture of New York"

Mitchill’s “The Picture of New-York”, with a fascinating map of the city

An 1807 guide to New York City by one of its most eminent citizens, physician, scientist and politician Samuel Latham Mitchill. Illustrated by a most interesting map of the city based on the famed and all-but-unobtainable “Mangin-Goerck Plan”. Though a number of New York directories had appeared in the 1790s, Mitchill’s work was the first […]

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Second map in Valentine Seaman article on yellow fever in 3rd edition of volume I of Medical Repository

The Medical Repository, with groundbreaking yellow fever maps by Valentine Seaman

A scarce volume of early American medical history. With an important article by Valentine Seaman featuring two all-but unknown thematic maps of yellow fever outbreaks in Manhattan, generally accepted as the earliest published epidemiological maps and preceding Snow’s work on cholera by half a century. The Medical Repository was the first American medical journal, founded […]

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John Montresor, Engineer / P. Andrews Sculp, Dukes Court St. Martins Lane, A PLAN OF THE CITY OF NEW YORK & its ENVIRONS to Greenwich, on the North, or Hudsons River, and to Crown Point, on the East or Sound River… Survey’d in the Winter, 1775. London: A[ndrew] Dury, [1768] /ca. 1775.

Montresor’s plan of New York City during the Stamp Act Riots

A lovely example of this landmark map of New York City, based on surveys made during the Stamp Act Crisis by John Montresor, arguably Great Britain’s longest-serving and most accomplished military engineer in America. Montresor (1736-99) had a long, varied and almost unbelievably accomplished career in the American Colonies, beginning with service during the French […]

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Recently-discovered 18th-c. watercolor view of New York City

A recently-discovered watercolor of New York City, contemporary with the Stamp Act Riots and one of only a handful of manuscript views of the city from before the Revolution. Artist Pieter Idsertsz depicts New York as seen from the southwest, from a vantage point across the East River in Brooklyn, possibly at Red Hook. The city […]

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A MAP OF THE Harbour of NEW YORK by Survey. [New York, ca. 1735-1770s.]

An early manuscript map of the New York City area, with provenance to one of the U.S. Navy’s first frigate captains

An early manuscript map of what is now New York City, based closely on William Bradford’s New Map of the Harbour of New York, one of the great rarities of 18th-century American cartography. Like the Bradford map, our manuscript depicts New York and northeastern New Jersey from roughly present-day Marlboro Township in the southwest, to Little Falls in […]

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