Atlas of Long Island, New York. From Recent and Actual Surveys and Records.
by Beers, F.W.
Beers, Comstock & Cline;
196pp. Collated complete. Small folio (16 by 13 1/2 inches). Original boards, rebound with new leather spine and gilt title. Minor edge chipping to a few pages, some internal browning, overall very good. The atlas was originally created to depict land boundaries to determine property taxes, an ambitious project became the first comprehensive atlas of Long Island and portions of the metro New York area. The maps show the counties and towns of Long Island, with roads, railroads, bodies of water and rivers, as well as buildings and the names of homeowners and landowners, making this an excellent genealogical resource. There are some 168 maps varying in size from insets a few inches on a side to the map of all of Long Island measuring 52 by 14 inches. Several of the maps are double page, some are folding. The scale varies, with some maps as close as 300 feet to the inch. The scale allows for considerable detail, although as much as anything it reveals that much of the Island remain undeveloped especially in the farther reaches. Text pages provide a business directory for individual towns and villages. Original hand coloring highlights the maps with pastels. Scarce, as many volumes were broken up for individual maps.
Book Id: 26345