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Auction 116, Lot 333

"A Map of the Rail Roads of Virginia Prepared under the Direction of the Board of Public Works", Buckholtz, L.

Subject: Virginia

Period: 1858 (dated)


Color: Black & White

34 x 23 inches
86.4 x 58.4 cm
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This is a rare folding map of Virginia that was issued just a few years before the onset of the Civil War. Table lists the full name of 23 railroads and gives their total rail mileage. Legend locates railroads, proposed railroads and improved rivers. The map is very detailed with much information on counties, railroads, towns and villages, rivers and topography. All railroad stations are located and named. This is a remarkable map for which we find no reference or prior sales information. Maps published in Richmond prior to and in the early years of the Civil War are often scarce due to the evacuation and burning of Richmond, the capital of the Confederacy, by Union forces in 1865. Lithography by Ritchie & Dunnavant, Richmond, Va. A rare and apparently undocumented railroad map of pre-Civil War Virginia.


Condition: A

Remarkable condition for a folding map on thick paper and of this size. With a short, closed, tear at binding trim, a few tiny fold intersection splits and just a little very light toning on one fold and a light spot near Washington, else fine.

Estimate: $400 - $600

Sold for: $7,000

Closed on 9/20/2006