New York. Samuel Freedman. Copyright 1934.
Color bird's eye view pictorial map, 19 3/4 x 14 1/2 inches on sheet 27 13/4 x 17 1/2 inches, smaller black and white route maps and text on verso, folding as issued into 9 1/4 x 4 inch stiff card folder. Folder lightly worn and soiled; map has scattered foxing (mainly to outer margins), a few 1/4 inch separations at fold intersection, but overall good condition. One of the earliest "Supervue Maps of New York" published. Listed on WorldCat is the "Hotel Edison supervue map of New York City" (held at the Library of Congress) with a copyright date of 1933. The novelty of this style of map is evident from the back cover and an additional text section on the verso of the map which states: "The remarkable map in colors on the other side of this page was created for the purpose of assisting people to easily find their way about New York. It is entirely hand-drawn and took months to perfect. Better than a photo view, it clearly shows, as if the reader was directly above the city, its contour, with all the points of interest..." Around two sides of the map is a listing of Points of Interest, Steamship Piers, Parks and Squares, Bridges, and Streets. On the verso are three small diagrammatic Rapid Transit maps: "Routes of the Interborough Rapid Transit Company" showing lines in Manhattan the Bronx, Queens and Brooklyn: "BMT Lines Rapid Transit Division"; and "Location of Stations - Independent City Owned Rapid Transit Railroad" plus general information for visitors. No WorldCat listings for this particular edition were found. Subsequent editions of this map. Item #44446