Rand, McNally & Co.'s Map of New York City, Brooklyn, Jersey City and Vicinity Showing the Street Car Lines, Elevated Railroads, Docks, Ferries, Steam Boat Lines, Etc.
Place Published: New York
Publisher: Rand McNally & Co.
Date Published: 1888
Description: Pocket map. Lithograph. 21 5/8" x 26 5/16".
Comments: This crisply detailed, two-sided map depicts Manhattan and the surrounding areas in the late 1880s. The front features the lower half of Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Jersey City, overlaid with a street grid. Elevated trains are rendered in thin, black lines and street car lines noticeably highlighted in red, attesting to the prominence of these forms of public transportation prior to the development of the subway and bus systems in the early 20th century. The back provides more detailed views of some of the featured geographic areas. The upper left features a "Map of the Lower Part of New York City from Washington Square to the Battery." Along with the street names and street car lines, explained in an index below, the map is also labeled with the docks surrounding the lower tip of Manhattan. The right half of the verso is taken up by a map of upper Manhattan, Washington Heights, and the Bronx. The Hudson River cuts diagonally up the middle of the map and includes steam boat lines. To the immediate right is Manhattan, labeled with a number of landmarks and containing a fairly detailed rendering of the main paths and waterways of Central Park. In the lower left-hand corner of the map, steam boat paths are again depicted in their paths around Ward's Island, Randall's Island, and the uppermost part of Astoria. The map is in good condition, with browning and breakage at the folds, particularly on the back. Original cardboard covers are included, although only the back cover remains attached. This map is a fascinating image of New York at the height of early urbanism.Language: English
Book ID: 232702