New York: Pictorial Maps, Inc., 1963.
Map. Colored lithograph. Image measures 32 1/2" x 41 1/2". Original visitors guide booklet measures 9 3/8" x 5".
This pictorial map of New York City was included as part of the "Official World's Fair Edition" map and guide for the 1964 World's Fair. As the description printed on the inside of the outer sleeve notes, this bird's-eye-view of midtown Manhattan was "the first such map to be drawn of the city since 1866." With his design, Bollmann presented an innovative solution to the problem which New York City's tall skyscrapers and high concentration of buildings posed to mid-century mapmakers. After he and his staff used special cameras to take 67,000 individual photographs of the city, Bollman used them to hand-draw this oblique "optically modified" axonometric projection that, as per the map's description, "gives full effect to the soaring beauty of the City." Highly accurate and detailed, the map is also labeled with important buildings and tourist destinations. On the reverse of the bird's-eye-view map is an aerial map of Manhattan and the surrounding boroughs that includes a street grid as well as subway lines. This version of the map came with an informational guide about the city, as well as important locations and their corresponding placement on the map. This copy is in its original, although opened, packaging and in good condition. Some splits along original folds and misfolds. The travel guide is also included. Rust stains on cover and guide booklet from staples, map not affected.
Hermann Bollmann (1911-1971) was a German cartographer who brought his training as a graphic artist to bear on the German tradition of Vogelschaukarten (bird's-eye-view maps). His masterpiece map of New York attests to the remarkable quality both of his efforts and of the city that they took as their subject.