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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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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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[Title on cover:] GUIDE MAP OF NEW YORK CITY Showing present and proposed transit lines and pictures of properties owned by the New York Real Estate Security Company. These properties are the security for the Company’s 6% Mortgage Bonds. [Title on map:] SOME OF THE PROPERTIES OWNED BY THE NEW YORK REAL ESTATE SECURITY CO. MAIN OFFICE 42 BROADWAY, NEW YORK CITY, U. S. A. [New York, 1912-1913.]

Boom and bust in New York real estate

An unrecorded ca. 1912 persuasive map of New York City touting bonds offered by the New York Real Estate Security Company. Everything about the map is designed to convey the safety of the Company’s offerings, and yet in 1913 it was forced into bankruptcy and its holdings liquidated.   The New York Real Estate Security Company […]

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Montresor’s map of Manhattan

“A seminal map of New York City” (Cohen & Taliaferro), produced by Great Britain’s most important military engineers working under the most difficult circumstances imaginable. John Montresor (1736-99) was a British military engineer with a long, varied and almost unbelievably accomplished career in the American Colonies, beginning with service during the French and Indian War […]

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The first obtainable map of Manhattan

This map of the Fortress of New York was prepared by Bellin based upon an inset on Jean Baptiste-Louis Franquelin`s map of 1693, which was originally prepared when France and England were at war and New Yorkers feared attack by the French. It is believed that the map derived from a French Privateer named John […]

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An attractive view of colonial New York

A lovely view of New York City from the southwest, focusing on one of the most venerable forts in England’s American colonies. Fort George was located on the site originally occupied by Fort Amsterdam, erected by the Dutch West India Company in 1625-26 as the administrative and military hub for their New Netherlands colony. The […]

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Rare and important 18th-century plan of New York City

The earliest known state of the first large-format plan of New York City published after the American Revolution. Extraordinarily rare and all-but undescribed in the bibliographic literature. The plan depicts depicting a city fully recovered from the depredations of the Revolution and beginning the explosive growth that made it the commercial capital of the world. Comparison […]

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The first obtainable map of Manhattan

This map of the Fortress of New York was prepared by Bellin based upon an inset on Jean Baptiste-Louis Franquelin`s map of 1693, which was originally prepared when France and England were at war and New Yorkers feared attack by the French. It is believed that the map derived from a French Privateer named John […]

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Scarce Revolutionary-era plan of New York City

This finely-engraved map appeared in the November 1776 issue of The Universal Magazine, which was published just as news of British successes on Long Island and Manhattan was being disseminated. The map is well drawn and includes street names, the locations of specific buildings, wharves, ferries, and fortifications. It is closely based on Bernard Ratzer’s […]

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William Bridges, City Surveyor / Engraved by Peter Maverick, PLAN of the CITY of NEW-YORK, with the recent and intended Improvements. Drawn from actual survey by William Bridges, City Surveyor, A.D. 1807. New York: Isaac Riley, 1807.

1807 William Bridges plan of Lower Manhattan, based on the Mangin-Goerck plan

A scarce and most interesting 1807 plan of Lower Manhattan by William Bridges, based on the visionary-but-unobtainable 1803 plan by Mangin & Goerck. This is a remarkable image, clearly recognizable as Lower Manhattan but with the irregular shoreline smoothed and in places extended into the East and Hudson Rivers. The street grid, both existing and […]

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