Auction 129, Lot 207

"C. No. 3 Sea Coast of Delaware, Maryland and Part of Virginia…", U.S. Coast Survey

Subject: Mid-Atlantic States

Period: 1852 (dated)


Color: Black & White

20 x 28 inches
50.8 x 71.1 cm

The Office of Coast Survey is the oldest U.S. scientific organization, dating from 1807 when Congress directed that a "survey of the coast" be carried out. By 1836, it was called the U.S. Coast Survey and in 1878, the name was changed to the U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey. Today the Office of Coast Survey is a division of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration NOAA.

The survey teams, composed of civilians as well as Army and Naval officers, charted the nation's waterways and produced a wide array of reports, survey charts, hydrographic studies of tides and currents, astronomical studies and observations, and coastal pilots. These charts are an important record of the changing nature of the nation's coastlines. In additional to coastal charts, the U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey produced land sketches, Civil War battle maps, and the early aeronautical charts.

This detailed chart covers the coastline from Mispillion Lighthouse and Cape May to Assawoinan and Wallop's Islands and Chincoteague Inlet. Details include soundings, sailing directions and hazards.


Condition: A+

Folding as issued and nearly pristine with a single, tiny paper flaw in an unengraved area of the map.

Estimate: $110 - $160


Closed on 9/23/2009