Lot 161
  • 161

[South Carolina]

Estimate
30,000 - 50,000 USD
Sold
37,500 USD
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Description

  • Charleston Harbour and the Adjacent Coast and Country, South Carolina. Surveyed at Intervals in 1823, 1824, and 1825... Washington: 1825 
  • paper, ink, paint
Engraved map (61 x 52 in.; 1,549 x 1,321 mm), four joined sheets, fully hand-colored.

Sheets previously folded, with one separation along an old fold, unobtrusive institutional duplicate stamp at lower right edge, a few very light patches of dampstaining.

Catalogue Note

A MASSIVE AND IMPRESSIVELY DETAILED MAP OF CHARLESTON AND THE SURROUNDING SOUTH CAROLINA COAST, SUPERBLY COLORED

This exceedingly rare mammoth map of Charleston Harbor, engraved by William J. Stone, was produced by engraver William Stone two years after his famed Declaration of Independence facsimile. It was based on painstaking surveys of the harbor completed by American military officers headed by Army Captain and Engineer Hartman Bache, a great-grandson of Benjamin Franklin, who would go on to design many early western lighthouses and to become Chief of Topographical Engineers, succeeding James Abert.

We are able to locate only one copy of this map appearing in auctions records, and OCLC records three institutional copies, at the Clements Library, Cambridge University, and the Library of Congress.

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