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Auction 115, Lot 165

"Map of the Country embracing the Several Routes examined with a view to a National Road from Washington to Lake Ontario", U.S. War Department

Subject: United States - Eastern

Period: 1829 (circa)

Publication: House Doc. 38, 20th Cong., 2nd Sess.

Color: Black & White

See Description

A pair of early maps that reflect the federal government's early concern for providing a viable transportation system across the country. The detailed and interesting maps were based on a map by Col. Stephen H. Long, compiled by F. Harrison, Jr., drawn by A.J. Stansbury, and engraved on copper by W. Harrison. The first sheet covers an 80-mile section from just below Washington D.C. to Athens, PA, on a scale of five miles to the inch. The second shows the road system north of the Susquehanna River to Lake Ontario. The maps are filled with great detail of country roads, turnpikes, towns and even locate taverns, stores, and more. Two maps, each printed in 2-sheets. First with title is 17 x 37.8", second untitled is 17 x 28.5". A very historical lot.

References: Claussen & Friis # 15

Condition: B

Both maps were issued folding and are now backed with archival tissue and pressed. Both with some toning or stains and some offsetting, more so on the untitled sheet.

Estimate: $300 - $400

Sold for: $170

Closed on 6/21/2006