c 1873 Map of Long Island, by F.W. BEERS


“MAP OF LONG ISLAND Published by Beers, Comstock & Cline, 36 Vesey Street, NY” from the 1873 “Atlas of Long Island, New York from Recent Actual Surveys & Records Under the Superintendence of F.W. BEERS”. Lithographed map with original hand-coloring. (Image 14 x 52 inches - sheet size 15.5 x 54 inches)

A very fine first edition, first issue example of one of the largest and most impressive maps of Long Island, New York to appear in the 19th century. Published in 1873, this magnificent map covers the whole of Long Island as well as parts of Manhattan, Staten Island, Westchester, Fishers Island and Hudson County, New Jersey. The map shows incredible detail with regard to districts, railroads, cities, and roadways –even fish-oil factories are noted.  Longitude is stated in degrees west of the Greenwich meridian and in degrees east of Washington, D.C.  The map also indicates miles in radial distances from New York's City hall. 

Frederick W. Beers (1839-1933) came from a family of surveyors, cartographers and publishers originally from Newtown Connecticut. F.W. Beers continued the work of his father James Botsford Beers. The Beers family (Fredrick, Silas, James and Daniel) along with Charles and Augustus Warner, were prominent map publishers working from the 1850s to the late 1880s. Often publishing under the Warner & Beers designation, the combined firms produced a series of important state and county atlases and map of much of the northeastern United States. Many of their regional maps are among the most detailed and well laid out maps ever produced of their respective regions. 

The original Atlas Title Page is included.  Examples of this scarce map are usually found in poor condition. This is a very nice example with very little staining. There is a 1 inch fold separation that has been joined with archival tape on verso.

Shipped unmatted

  • Inventory# M-14563