The City of New York


Woodcut bird’s eye view of New York City from the mid-19th century.

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This wonderfully detailed view of New York City and the adjacent city of Brooklyn was issued in a November 24, 1855 supplement of The Illustrated London News. The strong fortifications at Battery Point and on Governor’s Island dominate the foreground as ships of all types and sizes steam, sail, and paddle along the East and Hudson Rivers. Church steeples would continue to dominate the skyline for the next two or three decades.

Text on the verso of the print praises the “rise and progress of the commercial metropolis” and concludes New York’s growth “may be included among the marvels of modern history.”

It goes on to note, “should the United States remain at peace with the world, New York may rival London at the close of the present century, for it must continue to flourish as the Far West is people and cultivated.”

Map Details

Publication Date: 1855

Author: Cheltnam S.

Sheet Width (in): 15.2

Sheet Height (in): 10.7

Condition: A-

Condition Description: A few small tears along the outer edges, which are uneven and trimmed. Remains in near fine shape, on a clean sheet.