New York Map-Guide


Mathematical representation of Midtown Manhattan capturing nearly half of the world’s skyscrapers in one incredible image.

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This image captures Manhattan between 13th and 68th Streets with a precision previously unseen in the world of commercial cartography. According to the text on the inside front cover of the accompanying guidebook, the bird’s eye view is the first such map of New York City drawn since 1866. It was designed by the German immigrant Hermann Bollman, who applied core mathematical principles to the numerous views and engravings he created throughout his career.

This particular example was illustrated (by hand) using nearly 70,000 photographs taken from all across the city, including 17,000 images captured from the sky! To achieve the unique isometric projection, “Bollman has used several unique devices which remain his secret…and in this age of automation, Bollmann’s cameras are his only compromise with the present.”

Published in New York in 1963 as a souvenir for the upcoming New York World’s Fair (1964) and included as a fold-out map with a 48-page multi-lingual guidebook. Features a detailed transportation map of New York and the five boroughs on the verso.

Map Details

Publication Date: 1963

Author: Hermann Bollmann

Sheet Width (in): 43.00

Sheet Height (in): 33.75

Condition: A

Condition Description: Creasing along original fold lines. Near fine. Includes original envelope and attached guidebook with old owner's inscription in ink.


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