Auction 145, Lot 245

"Chart of the Head of Navigation of the Potomac River. Surveyed by the Order of the Sec. Of War for the Corporation of Georgetown D.C. with a View to the Improvement of the Georgetown Channel…", U.S. War Department

Subject: Washington, D.C.

Period: 1857 (dated)

Publication: Sen. Ex. Doc. No. 34, 35th Cong., 1st Sess.

Color: Black & White

40 x 24.6 inches
101.6 x 62.5 cm

This uncommon map shows parts of Georgetown and Washington, D.C. along the Potomac. Including part of the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal as well as Rock Creek and the Basin. Names the major streets and shows the location of the Washington Monument. Within the Potomac River are many hundreds of soundings plus notes on the bottom material. Place names mentioned include the road to Alexandria, the Alexandria Canal, Mason's Island, Timber Creek, and more. Made under the direction of Capt. L. C. Woodruff by R.W. Burgess of the Topographical Engineers. Engraved by Denis Callahan and printed by the esteemed firm of Julius Bien. A rarely seen issue that should not be confused with the smaller reprint issued in 1891.


Condition: B+

Issued folding with a few tiny splits at fold intersections, isolated foxing, and some minor extraneous creasing.

Estimate: $250 - $350

Sold for: $130

Closed on 6/12/2013