New Map of the Great Metropolis
New York City Map by Taintor Brothers: 1868
New Map of the Great Metropolis
New Map of the Great Metropolis New Map of the Great Metropolis
New Map of the Great Metropolis
Fisk and Russell (engravers) (act. 1860s-1870s)
New Map of the Great Metropolis, Including the Cities of New York, Brooklyn, Jersey City, Hoboken, &c.
Taintor Brothers, New York: 1868
Hand-colored wax engraving
23.75 x 19 inches, overall
$1,400

Map of New York City, centered on Manhattan Island from the Croton Reservoir south (92nd Street on the West Side and 105th Street on the East Side). The map also includes Astoria and Ravenswood in present-day Queens, much of Brooklyn, and Jersey City, Hoboken, Union Hill, North Weehawken and Hudson City across the Hudson River in New Jersey. Geographic information includes streets, squares, parks, ward numbers, railroads, ferry routes and numbered boat slips, many labeled with the names of shipping lines. Manhattan and Hudson City are tinted pink; parks, cemeteries, islands and the Brooklyn Navy Yard are tinted green. The map of Central Park shows the Olmstead and Vaux plan; park construction was completed five years later. The present site of the Central Park Zoo is labeled "Museum." Footprints of institutional buildings on Blackwell's Island (now known as Roosevelt Island) are labeled Lunatic Asylum, Work House, Alms House, Penitentiary and Hospital. The map was originally published as a folding insert to Taintor's Route and City Guide for the City of New York. An earlier version of this map accompanied the 1867 edition of the Taintor's guide.

Taintor Brothers was a New York City publisher of city, steamboat and railroad guidebooks. For the map portions, they worked with other companies, such as H.F. Walling and Fisk and Russell. The firm was founded by Joseph Lord Taintor (1835-1881). After graduating from Yale University in 1860, he went into publishing with his uncle and brother in Connecticut. In 1866, he formed a copartnership with his younger brother Charles. The following year they began publishing a successful series of guidebooks in New York. In the 1870s they expanded into schoolbook publishing. Joseph Lord Taintor retired in 1880 due to poor health and died the following year.

Fisk and Russell was a New York City engraver of maps using the wax engraving process active in the 1860s and the 1870s. The company was an offshoot of the Jewett & Chandler Company. They produced maps for the Gaylord Watson Company and Taintor Brothers.

Full publication information: "Published by Taintor Brothers, 678 Broadway. 1868. Eng'd by Fisk & Russell, 43 Chatham St., N.Y."

References:

"Obituary: Joseph Lord Taintor." Publisher's Weekly. No. 507. 1 October 1881. pp. 431-432. Online at Google Books: http://books.google.com/books?id=JBQYAQAAIAAJ&pg=PA431 (16 May 2014).

Ristow, Walter W. American Maps and Mapmakers: Commercial Cartography in the Nineteenth Century. Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 1985. pp. 335 and 473.


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