U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey

Huge antique chart of New York Bay and Harbor

Bay and Harbor of New York

DESCRIPTION: A spectacular, large (48" high) antique nautical chart of New York Bay and Harbor from 1889. Beautiful hand coloring enhances the attractiveness of this scarce and fine engraving. Two sheets professionally joined.

This chart was printed in 1889 from an electrotype copy of the original hand-engraved copper plate, a process the U.S. Coast Survey adopted around 1850. As a soft medium, copper plates could only withstand print runs of perhaps 200 copies before the plates wore down. To enable larger print runs, a mold of the original plate was created in wax or another soft medium. Then, using an electro-chemical processs ( electrotyping ), the mold was coated with a metal layer, typically copper. Printers were then able to produce output from the new electrotype copper copy, while preserving the original. Electrotype copy number 3.

With the circular logo of the United States Coast and Geodetic Survey. Tables of lighthouses and lightships. Two inset coastal elevation views. Scale 1/40,000. Chart number 369. Published August, 1889. Plate number 1987. Price when issued: 75 cents.

CREATOR: U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey



BODY OF WATER: New York Harbor

CONDITION: Good.  Light stains at top. One small stain at bottom right otherwise without major issues. Repairs to strengthen top right margin well outside the neatline.

COLORING: Most attractive and careful hand color, probably modern.


SIZE: 39 " x 48 "


PRICE: $3250


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