Homans & Ellis, 1846.
Map. Engraving. Image measures 12.5" x 10.5".
This finely drawn map of Manhattan depicts "New York as it was in 1846," and covers up to 21st St. on the west side and 34th St. on the east side. It also includes small sections of Brooklyn Heights and Williamsburg. The map is meticulously rendered with street names and piers numbered and labeled. Evidence of early Dutch settlement is still apparent in many of the names. Parks, ferry lines, selected public buildings, and other points of interest such as Castle Garden are also indicated. A key in the lower right labels public buildings in Brooklyn and lists the current population at 59,500. This map was published in Edward Ruggles's "Picture of New York" in 1846, designed, as per its title page, as a "guide to citizens and strangers." The map is in good condition with no tears or hole. Original folds as issued. Overall staining. Right margin is cut from where the map was tipped into the accompanying volume. David H. Burr (1803-1875) served as Topographer to the United States Post Office and Geographer to the House of Representatives and was widely known for his accuracy and attention to detail. Burr was one of the first cartographers to map each of the United States individually. This detailed map is a fine document of New York City's growth in the mid-19th century.