Auction 122, Lot 267

"Carte Geographique, Statistique et Historique du District de Colombie", Buchon, Jean Alexandre

Subject: District of Columbia

Period: 1825 (published)

Publication: Atlas Geographique, Statistique, Historique et Chronologique…

Color: Hand Color

Size:
10 x 10.5 inches
25.4 x 26.7 cm

This is a striking map of the capital city with north oriented to the top left corner by a compass rose and an arrow indicating the flow of the Potomac River. Washington, Georgetown and Alexandria are well depicted and a good part of the vicinity is also illustrated with major roads named. Buchon's atlas is often called the French Carey & Lea, and it was printed on better quality paper than the Philadelphia issue. The map is surrounded by French text providing details of climate, topography, commerce, religion, government, history and military battles. At the time, Washington, D.C. had a total population of only 33,000. Dimensions given are for the map only; with full text, size is 24 x 17.2".

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Condition: A

A lovely example with nice original color on a sound sheet. The lower margin has a light stain, affecting neither text nor map.

Estimate: $300 - $350

Sold for: $300

Closed on 12/5/2007

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