An Historical Portrait of Long Island from 1600 to 1850
Pictorial Map by Ronald Toelke
An Historical Portrait of Long Island from 1600 to 1850
Detail of main map

Detail of main map

Detail of main map

Detail of main map

Detail of portraits of William Floyd and Benjamin Tallmadge

Detail of portraits of William Floyd and Benjamin Tallmadge

Detail of main map

Inset map of The Battle of Long Island

Detail of main map

Inset map of The Early Settlement of Long Island

Detail of main map

Detail of illustrations

Detail of main map

In frame

Detail of main map

Information about the artist, verso

Ronald Toelke (act. 1970-present)
An Historical Portrait of Long Island from 1600 to 1850
Selar Art Company, Chatham, New York: 1974
Color process print
15.25 x 19 inches, image
16 x 20 inches, overall
18.5 x 22.5 inches, framed
$900

Historical pictorial map with numerous additional inset maps and vignettes. The main map is of "Long Island as it was in 1843" showing the location of the towns and villages of King's, Queen's and Suffolk counties" (now the boroughs of Brooklyn and Queens and the counties of Nassau and Suffolk) along with a few surrounding settlements. The simple cartography shows major roads, railroad lines and elevated areas indicated by shading. In three corners are detailed inset maps depicting aspects of Long Island history: "The Indians of Long Island about the year 1600"; "The Early Settlement of Long Island beginning in the year 1636," which labels various settlements with the dates they were established and whether they were English or Dutch; and "The Battle of Long Island or Brooklyn Heights, August 27, 1776" which shows troop movements and locations of that Revolutionary War battle. Two smaller, simpler inset maps show the Atlantic coastline as it was mapped in 1611 and 1614. Eleven detailed illustrations depict people or other aspects of Long Island history, accompanied by explanatory captions.

The map is printed in shades of black, tan and aqua on buff colored paper and is mounted on board, and in a simple wooden frame, without glass, as originally issued. Promotional material about the artist from the time the map was produced is attached to the back of the frame. It is apparently scarce, with just two known copies in a public collection, that of the Brooklyn Historical Society.

Ronald Toelke is an illustrator and graphic designer based in Chatham, New York. He graduated from SUNY Buffalo. By at least 1970, he began to produce educational maps that dealt with important aspects of American history in a manner his publishing company Selar Art Company described as "authentic historically and attractive for decorating purposes." These included Manhattan Island in 1776 (1972), The Shaker Communities in America (1973) and An Historical Portrait of Long Island (1974). In 1982 he opened Toelke Associates with his wife Barbara Kempler-Toelke, providing publication design services, illustrations and map graphics. He remains involved with publication projects based on American history, having helped compile Waterways of War: The War of 1812 (2013) and a traveler's guidebook to the Great Lakes Seaway Trail related to that war. He also is among the founders of the magazine Columbia County History & Heritage, which he and his wife design and produce.

Full publication information: Drawn and engraved by Ronald Toelke. © Done in the month of March, 1974 - Chatham NY.

Condition: Generally very good, with usual and expected wear, toning and soiling.

References:

"Five questions for Sept. 26, 2013: Ron Toelke." Troy Record. 26 September 2013. http://www.troyrecord.com/general-news/20130926/five-questions-for-sept-26-2013-ron-toelke (29 October 2014).

Selar Art Co. Inc. promotional material. Chatham, NY, c. 1970s.

Toelke, Ron. "Arma Virumque Cano." Columbia County Historical Society. Spring 2011. p. 10. Online at http://www.nycivilwar150.org/reenactors/Toelke_CW_article.pdf (29 October 2014).