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Auction 171, Lot 175

"[On 2 Sheets] Map of the Country Embracing the Several Routes Examined with a View to a National Road from Washington to Lake Ontario", U.S. War Department

Subject: Mid-Atlantic United States

Period: 1828 (circa)

Publication: HR Doc. 38, 20th Congress, 2nd Session

Color: Black & White

Size:
16.8 x 37.9 inches
42.7 x 96.3 cm
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This pair of early maps reflects the federal government's early concern for providing a viable transportation system across the country. The detailed and interesting maps were based on a map by Col. Stephen H. Long, compiled by F. Harrison, Jr., drawn by A.J. Stansbury, and engraved on copper by W. Harrison. The first sheet covers an 80-mile section from just below Washington D.C. to Athens, PA, on a scale of five miles to the inch. The various routes run through Harrisburg, Williamsport, Baltimore and Lancaster. The second map is untitled and shows the road system north of the Susquehanna River to Lake Ontario. Both are filled with great detail of country roads, turnpikes, towns and even locates taverns and stores. Each is printed on two joined sheets. Size given is for the first map, the second untitled map measures 16.9 x 28.8".

References: Claussen & Friis #15.

Condition: B

Issued folding with light offsetting and toning along the joints and some of the folds. There are a couple small holes along the top neatline of the second sheet, and on both sheets the bottom margins are trimmed close to the neatline.

Estimate: $250 - $325

Sold for: $180

Closed on 2/6/2019

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