1854 "Panorama of Manhattan Island, City of New York and Environs" Bird's-Eye View by John Bornet, printed by A. Weingartner, NY

This is a stunning panoramic view of New York City, published in New York 1854. The map, a color lithograph, was drawn on stone by John Bornet and printed by A. Weingartner, N.Y. Forty-seven locations are identified just above the title and twenty-four locations are noted in the arching top margin.

Bornet's view features Manhattan and a sweeping view from the West, with New Jersey in the foreground, Manhattan in the center, and Brooklyn, Westchester County, Long Island, and Staten Island in the distance. The map is a handsome snapshot of the development and layout of New York in the mid-nineteenth century. Several important buildings, especially churches, are drawn with considerable accuracy.

The harbor is full of clipper ships, packet ships, schooners, steamboats and ferryboats, a nod to the bustling shipping activity of the city. In the 19th century, the East River facing Brooklyn Bridge Park became one of the world’s busiest waterways. By 1810, New York City was the nation’s leading seaport. By the 1850s and 1860s, New York harbor was one of the world’s vital ports, mentioned in the same breath with London, Liverpool, Hamburg, and Marseilles. As Manhattan’s South Street on the opposite bank of the East River filled with piers and warehouses, so did the shoreline at the foot of Brooklyn Heights.

CONDITION: 

Map is in good condition. Paper is healthy, save one repaired tear on left side and one repaired tear on right side margin into print. Both tears have been stabilized. No foxing marks or stains. Color is original to print and has not faded. 

Print is archivally framed with a beaded gold spandrel, linen top mat, and custom-built wooden frame. 




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