New York Map Society
Maps of New York State
This page is a site where society members -- including map
dealers/ auctioneers --  can contribute high-definition
downloadable images of maps of New York State (we hope to
have a New York City map page, too). Non-commercial use of
the images is permitted after permission from -- and  
attribution to -- the source.
David H. Burr: 1829 "Atlas of the State of New York," First Edition.
Images provided by New York Map Society member Pine Brook Antique Maps
Engraved by Rawdon Wright & Co. in New York, this was only the second official State atlas, following Mill's
1825 atlas of South Carolina. Each county map has a separate text information page providing detailed
demographic information such as population and value of real property. Burr, born 1803 in Bridgeport,
Connecticut, was one of the most important cartographers in America, becoming, in 1832 the official
topographer for the U.S. Post Office Department. During this time he maintained maps of postal routes that
included roads, railways, and canals, and also created the "New Universal Atlas" in 1835. After  
collaborating, in 1838, on the "American Atlas" with John Arrowsmith in London, Burr returned to the U.S.
and was appointed to the House of Representatives as a draftsman.
Title Page
New York, Queens (including
future, 1899, Nassau county),
Kings and Richmond
Dutchess and Putnam
Albany and Schenectady
Ontario and Yates
Orange and Rockland
New York State
St. Lawrence
Text page
Sullivan (Missing from
the first edition: this is
from the second)
Sample maps of New York State from the digital collection of the New York Public Library's
Lionel Pincus and Princess Firyal Map Division:
1771 Guy Johnson (cartographer):
"Province of New York, map of the
country of the VI nations proper with
part of the adjacent colonies." Shows
Indian villages, Chief towns or large
villages, Indian paths, and "1768 settled
boundary with the Indians."
1804 Simeon De Witt (Surveyor
General, New York)
: "A map of the
State of New York.
1845 New York State Secretary's
(publisher) - E.B. & E.C. Kellogg
(printer): “A map of the state of New
York : exhibiting the situation and
boundaries of the several towns,
wards, and counties and specifying in
each town, ward, and county, the
whole population thereof, and in the
several counties, the population upon
which the apportionment of senators
and members of assembly is based,
with tables of apportionment.”
1850 Sherman & Smith (engraver) -  
Ensign & Thayer
(publisher): "“Map of
the state of New York.”
Sample maps of New York State from New York Map Society member and map dealer Barry
Lawrence Ruderman
1814 Mathew Carey (mapmaker) - J.G.
(engraver): "The State of
New York," Philadelphia, from the 1814
edition of "Carey's General Atlas."
1822 Henry Charles Carey & Isaac
Lea: "Geographical, Statistical and
Historical Map of New York,"
Philadelphia, from the first edition of
"Carey & Lea's Atlas," issued in six
editions in English, French & German
between 1822 and 1827.
1840 Henry Schenk Tanner: "A New
Map Of New York with its Canals,
Roads, Distances from Place to Place,
along the Stage & Steam Boat Routes
…," Philadelphia, including a profile of
the Erie Canal. Tanner's Atlas was the
forerunner of a series of Atlases
continued by Mitchell, Thomas Cowper-
thwait, Desilver, SA Mitchell Jr and
others which extended to the early '90's.
1937 George Annand: "Historical Map
of the State of New York Published by
the Historical Map Bureau," West
Willington, CT. Shows historical
vignettes surrounding the state,
including: Niagara Falls, discovered
1678; Federal Hall at the corner of
Wall & Broad Streets, where  
Washington was inaugurated in 1789;
US Military Academy at West Point;
view of New York City in 1650; Robert
Fulton's Steam Ship Clermont, New
York to Albany in 1807; Early Steam
Train:  The De Witt Clinton, Albany to
Schenectady, 1831.
Sample maps of New York State from New York Map Society member and map dealer Peter
at Antiquariat Reinhold Berg:
1824 Geographisches Institut Weimar:
"Geographisch-statistische und historische
Charte von Neuyork," the rare Geerman
edition of Carey & Lea's map of the state
of New York, published in Weimar around
1825 Jean Alexandre Buchon: "Carte
Geographique, Statistique et
Historique Du New-York," Paris,
published by J. Carez.
1844 Joseph Meyer: "Neueste Karte
von New York mit seinen Canaelen,
Strassen, Eisenbahnen, Entfernungen
der Hauptpunkte und Routen fuer
Dampfschiffe. Nach den besten
Quellen verbessert.," Hildburghausen,
published by the Bibliograph. Institut,
and based on Tanner's work in the
early 1840s.
Sample maps of New York State from New York Map Society member and map auctioneer Eliane
at Old World Auctions:
1756 Thomas Kitchin: "A Map of the
Eastern part of the Province of New
York with part of New Jersey," London
Magazine, 8.6 x 6.7 inches, depicting
the main theater of the French and
Indian War during the first year of the
conflict. The border between New York
and Pennsylvania is shown far north of
the present-day boundary. A note
states that Pensilvania is not yet
settled with much of the region labeled
the "Endless Mountains." Indian tribal
and hunting lands are noted, as well
as roads and Trading Paths. Inset is a
tiny plan of Fort Frederick at Crown
Point built by the French in 1731,
1776 Anon. "Map of the Progress of
His Majesty's Armies in New York,
During the Late Campaign Illustrating
the Accounts Publish'd in the London
Gazette," December 1776's issue, 12.3
x 7.8 inches. Troop and battle
deployments are shown, including the
recent actions around White Plains. It
also shows additional towns and roads
on Staten Island and in East Jersey. A
Revolutionary War map designed to
illustrate to the British people the
progress of the war against the rebels.
1794 J.Roper (engraver) -
(mapmaker): "A
Map of the State of New
York," London, 7.1 x 9
inches, colored to mistakenly
show Staten Island as part of
New Jersey.
1796 J. Denison (artist) - Amos
(engraver) - Thomas &
(publisher): "Map of the State
of New York," 9.6 x 7.4 inches, from
Rev. Jedidiah Morse's "The American
Universal Geography." In the central
portion of the state, bordering the
"Susquehannah River," there is an
area marked "Ceded to
Massachusetts." Chautauqua Lake
appears as "Calaughaque L."
1801 Thomas Wightman (engraver):
"The State of New York Compiled
from the Latest Surveys," Boston,
16.5 x 14.6 inches. Little detail west
of Steuben County. The map depicts
the State Road, which connected
Albany to Lake Erie before the
development of the Erie Canal. There
is nice detail of the state's rivers and
lakes, and the Catskills (Kaats Kill)
are located.
State," 28.2 x 20.8 inches. It covers a
period of 400 years from Giovanni da
Verrazzano's discovery of New York
Bay in 1524, to the Dutch settlements
of the early 17th century where Peter
Minuit bought the island of Manhattan
for 60 guilders, and to the completion
of the Erie Canal in 1825. Various
places and events are described,
located and dated throughout the map,
and several cities have a detailed
chronology. Includes insets of "Old
New York", "Niagara" and "Two Great
Rivers." Decorated by five coats of
arms and an attractive compass rose.