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Auction 187, Lot 187

Scarce Bird's-Eye View of Washington and Vicinity

"Theil von Maryland, Distr. Columbia und Theil von Virginien",

Subject: Mid-Atlantic United States, Civil War

Period: 1862 (circa)


Color: Printed Color

19.5 x 13.3 inches
49.5 x 33.8 cm
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This scarce bird's-eye view of the Kriegsschauplatz (theater of war) is centered on Washington with north oriented to the bottom. The view extends from Baltimore and Harper's Ferry south to include Richmond, Petersburg and Norfolk with well-rendered rivers and topography throughout. Cities consist of individually drawn buildings that collectively convey size, with the Capitol Building and Washington Monument (in its original design) prominently depicted. Distances from Baltimore and Washington are indicated below the view. While the orientation is different, this view appears to be based upon John Bachmann's Panorama of the Seat of War, Birds Eye View of Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, and the District of Columbia first issued in 1861. Lithographed by Hunckel and published by A.D. Geisler. Self-folding (5.8 x 9.2") with additional title on verso. We located only 3 sales listings in the last 30 years and 3 institutional holdings.


Condition: B

Issued folding with light scattered foxing and a small tear near Leesburg that has been closed on verso with archival tape.

Estimate: $1,200 - $1,500

Sold for: $900

Closed on 4/27/2022