Auction 149, Lot 285

"[Lot of 2] Charles Town, South Carolina, with a Chart of the Bars & Harbour [and] Charleston",

Subject: Charleston, South Carolina

Period: 1780-1853 (circa)



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A. Charles Town, South Carolina, with a Chart of the Bars & Harbour, by J. Lodge, from Westminster Magazine, dated 1780, hand color (7.7 x 7.4"). This Revolutionary War period chart of Charleston was published just one month after British General Sir Henry Clinton's successful siege on Charleston. The chart gave the British readership of Westminster Magazine a glimpse of the war. In addition to a note identifying Clintons advanc'd Post, the map includes two British warships, the Acteon and the Sphinx, marking the Battle of Sullivan's Island. It also features military forts and installations, a lighthouse, depth soundings, and details about bridges and channels. The map is oriented with north to the right. Condition: Issued folding with minor soiling, a few extraneous creases, and a few short fold separations outside the map image. Ref: Jolly #WEST-8.

B. Charleston, from Fanning's Illustrated Gazetteer of the United States, circa 1853, black and white (4.8 x 7.9"). An informative Antebellum city plan of Charleston that features streets, a railroad track leading into the city, rivers, and many sites in the town. A key at the top locates 26 places of interest, including the College of Charleston, the Fireproof Building (which now houses the Charleston Historical Society and is thought to be the oldest fireproof building standing in America), the medical college, and a Masonic hall. Condition: There are a few short tears and small chips along the left edge, most of which have been closed on verso with archival tape and only two that enter the neatline.


Condition: B+

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Estimate: $400 - $500

Sold for: $240

Closed on 5/21/2014