Albany: C. Van Benthuysen, 1857.
Map. Colored lithograph. Sheet measures 30.75" x 22.5".
This beautiful nautical chart of the New York harbor dates to 1857 and was issued to accompany the "Report of the Harbor Commissioners". Features the boroughs of Manhattan, Staten Island, Brooklyn, Queens and part of the Bronx. Countless depth soundings are noted throughout in feet. The map also identifies various beacons, lighthouses, and coastal features. The report was issued by harbor commissioners George W. Patterson, Preston King, John Vanderbilt and James Bowen in January 1857. Engraved by Julius Bein. The map is in good condition with minor wear along the original fold lines and some spotting. Lower right border extended. Lined with archival paper.
Julius Bien (1826-1909) was an American lithographic printer and cartographer based in New York City. During the course of the second half of the 19th century, he produced thousands of maps for both public and private publishers. Some of his most notable commissions were for the U.S. government, including many geological maps that redefined the cartographic visualization of geology. Bien's prolific output and contributions to the development of chromolithography make him one of the most significant map printers of his time. This is a great example of his fine work. Scarce.