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Auction 161, Lot 273

Extremely Rare Austrian Version of the Thackara & Vallance DC Map

"Plan der Stadt Washington in America",

Subject: Washington, D.C.

Period: 1796 (dated)

Publication: Gratzer Zeitung

Color: Black & White

9.9 x 8.4 inches
25.1 x 21.3 cm
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This rare map of Washington, DC is based on the small Thackara & Vallance plan produced in March 1792 for The Universal Asylum And Columbian Magazine, which is considered the first printed plan of Washington. This Austrian version of the map was published 4 years later, and includes a lettered key identifying key buildings and roads, such as the Capitol, the "President's Palace," and Connecticut Avenue. The map itself shows a few major buildings including the Capitol and the Presidents House, while others are simply outlined. The proposed landscape design for the Mall is shown with considerably more detail. Engraved by Christian Juncker. Published in the Graetzer Zeitung, an Austrian weekly newspaper that was published in Graz from 1787 to 1866.

References: Baynton-Williams (MapForum) Issue 1, pp. 44-49, #15.

Condition: B+

An excellent impression on watermarked paper with wide margins. There are several extraneous creases and a few spots of foxing. Remnants of hinge tape on verso.

Estimate: $2,200 - $2,500


Closed on 2/8/2017