Auction 135, Lot 255

"City of Washington", Mitchell, Samuel Augustus

Subject: District of Columbia

Period: 1846 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

15.5 x 12.5 inches
39.4 x 31.8 cm

This finely engraved plan of the Capital names all major streets and buildings; notably, the President's House, Capitol Square, the Navy Yard, Judiciary Square and the Patent Office & National Institute. The Mall is mostly blank as construction on the Washington Monument will not start for two years. Also the Smithsonian Institute is not yet mentioned. Extensive table at lower left lists and keys to map 108 important buildings, e.g. the Capitol, State Department, Departments of War, Navy, and Treasury. Decorative scroll-style border. Engraved vignette depicts "Plan of the Principal Floor of the Capitol Building." This map has the Cowperthwaite & Thomas green border, but it carries no imprint of any kind, an edition we have not previously encountered. Page "16" at lower right outside neatline.


Condition: A+

Fine impression and original hand color with full margins. A little edge toning in blank margins, still a fine example.

Estimate: $200 - $250

Sold for: $275

Closed on 2/16/2011