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Auction 119, Lot 184

"Chart of the Head of Navigation of the Potomac River Shewing the Route of the Alexandria Canal Made in Pursuance of a Resolution of the Alexa. Canal Company Oct. 1838…", U.S. War Department

Subject: United States - Mid-Atlantic

Period: 1838 (dated)


Color: Black & White

36 x 19 inches
91.4 x 48.3 cm

This is a large-scale map (4" to 1000') showing Alexandria, Georgetown and Washington. Details are shown along the banks. The route of the canal is sketched from the Potomac Aqueduct (site of the Key Bridge) south to Alexandria. Locates the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal, the Cannon Foundry, U.S. Arsenal, the Columbia Turnpike and Alexandria and Washington Turnpike, and more. This map has the most crisp image we've seen in a map from this period. Lithograph by W.J. Stone, Washington, D.C.

References: Phillips (M) p. 724

Condition: A

A beautiful, crisp and clean example. With a little binder's roughness along left trim just touching neatline, else fine.

Estimate: $200 - $250

Sold for: $800

Closed on 5/9/2007