A New Map of the City of New York Comprising all the late Improvements, Compiled and Corrected from Authentic Documents. Designed to Accompany the Description of New York… [cartouche title].
One of the earliest 19th century maps to render New York City in such fine detail
Illustrated and engraved, a scarce New York City map issued to accompany The Description of New York by James Hardie, published in 1827.
Because this New York City map was also published to supplement Hardie’s Complete Statistical View of the City of New York, it includes much detail. The focus of this city map is to render the lower end of Manhattan, mostly below Fourteenth Street, the map is oriented with North to the right.
Manhattan’s built-up areas are shown as are the locations of some individual buildings such as the Alms House, Penitentiary, and Castle Garden. Proposed streets are shown as are piers and ferry docks. Fourteen wards are shown and numbered and their boundaries delineated.
Two architectural illustrations are placed at the bottom of the this New York City map. They depict the front elevation of the Merchants Exchange, then under construction and nearing completion in 1827, and a perspective view of City Hall, opened in 1812.
A visually interesting map of the City of New York; one of the earliest 19th century maps of Manhattan to show such detail.
Description: A New Map of the City of New York Comprising all the late Improvements, Compiled and Corrected from Authentic Documents. Designed to Accompany the Description of New York… [cartouche title].
New York: Pub’d by S[amuel]. Marks, 1827. p. 14¼ x 17½ inches. Map. Copper engraving on fine paper with plate mark; uncolored and apparently as issued. Two illustrations of ]City Hall and Merchants Exchange. Some separation and minor losses at fold lines; faint toning; very good. Ample margins; three edges untrimmed; this example, possibly, never bound in to Hardie’s or sold or issued separately.
Cf. Streeter Sale 912. An 1829 edition of Marks’ map but likely published as a pocket map by J. Langdon. Streeter–“The streets are laid out uptown to Forty-Fifth Street, however the city limits seem to extend only to Fourteenth. Castle Garden is present off the Battery, and the Alms House and Penitentiary are present at Bellevue.”