W.H. Gamble. “Plan of City of Washington. The Capitol of the United States of America.” From Mitchell’s New General Atlas. Philadelphia: S.A. Mitchell, Jr., 1863. 11 x 13 1/2. Lithograph by W.H. Gamble. Full original hand coloring. Very good condition.
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An original early, antique map of Washington D.C. Though sharing the position with New York, Philadelphia was still one of the leading American cartographic publishing centers of the latter part of the nineteenth century. The dominant Philadelphia firm during this period was that founded by Samuel Augustus Mitchell, and continued by his son. Their atlases are known for detailed maps and attractive decorative borders. This map shows the central part of the City of Washington, as opposed to the ten miles square District of Columbia, with Georgetown shown as a separate city. Shown just outside the city borders are Arlington, Howard University and Glenwood Cemetery. The map provides an excellent, detailed view of the city at this time. Of particular interest is the copious information given for particular locales that are no longer there.