LAKE, D.J. and S.N. BEERS. Map of the vicinity of Philadelphia. Philadelphia: J.E. Gellette & Co., 1861.
Hand-coloured engraved wall map, approx. 1800 x 1640mm, in sixteen sections, mounted on linen, as issued. Decorative title, inset general plan of Philadelphia, with general index of businesses and services, inset details of boroughs and townships, properties and ownerships indicated, the map within a decorative border of scrolling fruit, vines, and leaves. (Some very light discolouration.)
A magnificent survey of Philadelphia and surrounding country, and a fascinating picture of Philadelphia after the Consolidation Act of 1854. Philadelphia had been until 1830 the second largest city in the Union, when it was exceeded in size by Baltimore as well as New York. The Consolidation Act, passed by the state legislature, extended the cities boundaries to include all of Philadelphia county, and in 1860, the city was again able to claim to be the Union's second city. This map was drawn up after the census of 1860, and, in addition to comprehensive treatment of the city of Philadelphia, includes all the boroughs and townships incorporated in 1854.