Dec 08, 2015 - Sale 2401

Sale 2401 - Lot 67

Price Realized: $ 20,000
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 12,000 - $ 18,000
THE FIRST "OFFICIAL" PLAN OF WASHINGTON, D.C. (WASHINGTON, D.C.) Ellicott, Andrew. Plan of the City of Washington. Large engraved plan on laid paper. 525x710 mm, margins just ample from platemark on all sides; very expert restoration of splits and losses at edges, barely touching printed image, where reinstated in exceptional facsimile. Withal, presents as a handsome example of this very scarce plan. Philadelphia: Thackara & Vallance, 1792

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"No more attractive example of urban cartography can be found." - Reps. Although it was preceded by the maps of Samuel Hill and the smaller near-plagiarism by Thackara and Vallance themselves, this map of the District was the first one used by the Commissioners, and the one intended by Ellicott as the city's first plan. Furthermore, this mapping includes soundings, canals, and other important details that are not to be found in its usurpers. Burr & Goff, "The Federal City in 1793", A la Carte, pages 126-152; Evans 24296, Wheat & Brun 531; Reps, Washington on View, page 38.