Auction 149, Lot 225

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

Subject: Washington, D.C.

Period: 1825 (circa)

Publication: Atlas Geographique, Statistique, Historique et Chronologique…

Color: Hand Color

10.1 x 10.6 inches
25.7 x 26.9 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 maps issued from Philadelphia. 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 24.1 x 18.1".


Condition: B+

Original color with light, uneven toning and some light foxing.

Estimate: $350 - $425

Sold for: $250

Closed on 5/21/2014