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New York City Map; 'What to See and How to See it

New York City Map; ‘What to See and How to See it, Phelps Strangers Guide to New York City with Maps and Engravings’

PHELPS, Humphrey Case Map. Vividly hand colored. Image measures 16 x 29 inches. Comes with 6 x 4 inch booklet brown covers with embossed gold lettering 'What to See and How to See it, Phelps Strangers Guide to New York City with Maps and Engravings', 70pp. This elegant street map of New York City covers Manhattan from the Battery north to 132nd street as it existed in 1857. Parts of Brooklyn, Queens, Jersey City and Hoboken are also included. Issued the same year as the establishment of Central Park, the map beautifully depicts the early plans for the park. Where Columbia University now stands, the map notes a 19th century Lunatic Asylum. Exceptionally detailed, individual streets, parks, squares, wards, piers and important buildings are identified. Ferry lines and railways are also labeled. A street index for Manhattan and Brooklyn is included along the left and bottom right borders. Throughout, the map includes beautiful illustrations of ships and ferries. A beautifully intricate border surrounds the map. Issued by Humphrey Phelps and published by Gaylord Watson, The map is in good condition with minor wear and foxing. The embossing is faded on the cover and corners bumped but otherwise in good condition with woodcuts of landmarks throughout. Pencil notations and a stamp from previous owner. Humphrey Phelps was an important publisher active in the mid 19th century. He worked independently as well as in partnership with Ensign and Thayer and issued many guides and maps of New York City and United States. This map is a fantastic example of the mapping of the what would soon become one of the largest cities of the World.
  • $1,350
  • $1,350