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Auction 158, Lot 100

"Map of a Reconnaissance Between Baltimore and Philadelphia Exhibiting the Several Routes of the Mail Road Contemplated by the Resolution of Congress Approved on the 4th of May 1826", U.S. Government

Subject: Mid-Atlantic United States

Period: 1828 (circa)


Color: Black & White

31.2 x 9.1 inches
79.2 x 23.1 cm
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This early map provides a detailed picture of a strip of land 27 miles wide between Baltimore and Philadelphia, on a scale of three miles to the inch. It was issued by S. Bernard, Brigr. Genl. and William Tell Poussin, Capt. Top. Engrs, both on the Board of Internal Improvement. The map was a result of a Maryland petition for improvement of the existing mail road and shows several combinations of alternate post routes from Baltimore to Philadelphia. The map is oriented with north to the top right so that the possible routes could flow from left (Baltimore) to right (Philadelphia). Some roads are named and all are identified as projected, traveled or turnpike.

References: Claussen & Friis #7 or #9.

Condition: B+

A dark impression on a mostly clean sheet with wide margins. There is very faint foxing primarily in the top left portion of the sheet and a small printer's crease in the Chesapeake Bay.

Estimate: $220 - $250


Closed on 6/22/2016