An Evening with John Tauranac, Eminent New York City Historian & Subway Map Creator -

At the Martayan Lan Rare Maps & Books gallery

New York history buffs won't want to miss this one!

In conjunction with the on-going exhibition, "New Amsterdam to Metropolis: Historic Maps of New York City, 1548 to 1964", Martayan Lan Rare Maps & Books welcomes John Tauranac, author of the recently published "Manhattan's Little Secrets". After cocktails and refreshments, Mr. Tauranac will be interviewed by Robert Augustyn, one of the partners of Martayan Lan and co-author of the award-winning, Manhattan in Maps.

About John Tauranac:
In the 1970s John Tauranac served as a cartographer for the MTA and spearheaded a major re-design of its subway map in 1979. Then, quite audaciously, in 1990 he published the New York Traveler Subway Map to compete with the MTA's map, which Tauranac found inadequate. Fittingly, Martayan Lan's exhibition features the New York subway system's first map made for public use, published in 1904, the year the subway opened; it is a great rarity known in just two surviving examples. It was the subject of a recent New York Times article:

Tauranac's other books on New York City include The Empire State Building: The Making of a Landmark, Elegant New York: The Builders and Buildings 1865-1915, New York from the Air: A Story of Architecture, Manhattan Block by Block, and Essential New York: A Guide to the History and Architecture of Manhattan's Important Buildings, Parks, and Bridges.

About Martayan Lan:
Martayan Lan has been one of the world's most highly regarded dealers of both rare maps and books since its founding in 1987. The present exhibition on the historical mapping of New York City consists of items collected by the firm as well as some on loan from private collections. Several items in exhibition are known in only a few surviving examples and are very rarely available on the market.

About the Exhibition:
New Amsterdam To Metropolis - Historic Maps of New York City 1548-1964
We invite you to our beautiful, Midtown map gallery to view our new exhibition of maps, plans and views tracing the history of New York City, from the earliest European encounter with the region by Verrazano in 1524 to the skyscraper-bedecked city of the mid-twentieth century.

Featured Items
    • The first guide-map (1904) to the New York Subway System. One of two known examples.

    • The earliest, printed nautical chart of the Northeast. Robert Dudley, 1647/ 1661.

    • John Randel’s extremely rare 1821 plan of the city, here radiantly printed on silk. Randel’s definitive survey of Manhattan was the foundation of the 1811 Commissioners’ Plan, the original blueprint for New York’s street grid.

    • The Montresor Plan of 1776. New York as surveyed by a British military engineer, published at the outset of the Revolutionary War.

    • The Carwitham Plan of c. 1740. The second printed plan of New York and the earliest to show North America’s first synagogue.
    One of only three known examples.

    •The Hyde Map of 1898. The earliest map of the city after the consolidation of the five boroughs in the same year.

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