Auction 132, Lot 230

"Grundriss von Washington de neuen Hauptstadt der vereinigten Staaten von Nord-America", Anon.

Subject: District of Columbia

Period: 1800 (circa)

Publication:

Color: Black & White

Size:
8.4 x 6.6 inches
21.3 x 16.8 cm

This finely engraved plan shows the city in good detail with the major streets named. The map is very similar to the Jedidiah Morse map of 1794 but has a few additions and, of course, the title is in German with fancy script lettering, difficult to accomplish on a copper plate. Locates the President's House, the Capitol, and Georgetown. Compass rose with fleur-de-lys. An uncommon issue.

References:

Condition: A

Lower margin is close (1/4"). The impression is beautiful, early and very dark. The image is fine but was trimmed to just outside the neatline and laid on hand laid paper prior to mounting in an atlas or book.

Estimate: $200 - $300

Sold for: $300

Closed on 6/2/2010

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