[MANUSCRIPT DRAFT FOR A PICTORIAL MAP OF NEWTOWN (NOW QUEENS), NEW YORK.]

image93510


[Manuscript draft for a pictorial map of Newtown (now Queens), New York.]

Manuscript in ink on card stock, c. 1960.
Image size 13 3/4 x 18 1/4" (35 x 46 cm) plus margins.
Good condition save for vertical crease-fold.
LOCATION: New York City

Inventory Number: 93510
Price: $925.00
Publisher :
Charming example of a manuscript pictorial map, drawn by hand and depicting Newtown in Long Island (present-day Elmhurst, Queens). The date ‘1776’ at the bottom of the map indicates the time period being depicted. Transportation routes, meadows, bays, and rivers are labeled throughout, and illustrations are added throughout the map for important buildings and residences, and horses and boats traveling through the area. The western side of the map also includes an illustrated American Revolution battle, with two armies facing off just south of Newtown Creek by the East River.

This map’s style strongly resembles other pictorial maps of Long Island towns produced by Catherine and Theodore Nelson in the 1960s, and it might be a draft for one of their publications. Theodore and Catherine ran the Nelson Studio in Long Island during the mid- and late-20th century, known for publishing historical pictorial maps of Long Island and the surrounding area.
Maps