New York Bay and Harbor.

Lithograph, 1912.
2 sheets, each 23 1/2 x 38" (59.5 x 96.5 cm). Image size 46 3/4 x 38" (118 x 96.5 cm) plus margins, if joined.
Overall in good condition. . Occasional minor stain or short tear in the margin. B/W
LOCATION: New York City

Inventory Number: 93508
Price: $1,250.00
Publisher : Published at Washington D.C. by the U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey.
This large, amazingly detailed chart in two sheets depicts the harbor area around New York City, and was one of the first 19th century charts to show the area as we know it today. It includes Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, and Rockaway Beach; and parts of New Jersey, including Newark, Jersey City, and Sandy Hook Bay. This map is incredibly detailed in its topography of both urban streets and rural farmland. In urban areas, the blocks outlined in bold black lines are developed areas, while those not completely outlined have not been developed yet; in this map, this includes much of upper Manhattan, as well as Brooklyn and Queens. The relatively undeveloped farmland that covers the majority of the region is also painstakingly drawn, showing its features by hachures and views of rivers and different types of terrain. Along with its incredible land detail, the map also includes a multitude of information meant for navigators and ships in the harbors and bays, including thousands of soundings, lighthouses, colored buoys, tidal information, and the quality of sand and mud along the shoreline.

This map was originally created and issued by the U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey in 1866, and was reissued several times in later years due to its popularity, practicality, and detail. The U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey was founded in 1807 under President Thomas Jefferson and dedicated to mapping the coastline of the newly founded nation using the most accurate techniques and technologies of the time. This map represents the culmination of this group’s extraordinary efforts; it depicts this complex and developing coastal region in all its detail, and would be useful to government navigators in land and sea alike.