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2015 Miami International Map Fair

The Peninsula and Gulf of Florida or Channel of Bahama with the Bahama Islands. Thomas Jefferys. Printed for Robt. Sayer, Map and printseller, No. 53 Fleet Street, London. Copper plate engraving, hand-colored, Feb. 20, 1775. Image size 18 5/8 x 24 5/8". Very good condition with attractive wash color. A beautiful nautical chart of Florida and the Bahama issued at the beginning of the American Revolution. Because of its large scale and great detail, it was used by both the British and French navies. Florida's interior was still largely unexplored, but the coastal information regarding bays, safe harbors and soundings is extensive. From Jefferys' "The American Atlas: or A Geographical Description of the Whole Continent of America..." LINK.

The Peninsula and Gulf of Florida or Channel of Bahama with the Bahama Islands. Thomas Jefferys. Printed for Robt. Sayer, Map and printseller, No. 53 Fleet Street, London. Copper plate engraving, hand-colored, Feb. 20, 1775.
Image size 18 5/8 x 24 5/8″. Very good condition with attractive wash color.
A beautiful nautical chart of Florida and the Bahama issued at the beginning of the American Revolution. Because of its large scale and great detail, it was used by both the British and French navies. Florida’s interior was still largely unexplored, but the coastal information regarding bays, safe harbors and soundings is extensive. From Jefferys’ “The American Atlas: or A Geographical Description of the Whole Continent of America…” LINK.

Miami International Map Fair 

February 6- February 8, 2015

We will be attending the 22nd Annual Miami International Map Fair with our NY partners, The Old Print Shop. We hope to see our OPG map collectors at the fair, and will be bringing down our best material. If you can’t make it down to Florida this weekend, feel free to send us your “wish list”. We can look for special, rare, and exciting maps that you want for your walls. This is a great opportunity to create or build upon your personal map collection.  As one of the best and largest map fairs in the world, the event brings together top-notch dealers, lecturers, and collectors for a weekend of engaging and spirited discussion and sharing of maps. For more information on tickets, lecturers, receptions and tours, please visit the HistoryMiami website.  

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New Additions: Washington, DC

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NEW ADDITIONSWe have new Washington, D.C. scenes and maps to share with our readers today. We are very excited about the bird’s-eye view of Georgetown- it is difficult to find depictions of our section of town (OPG is located in historic Georgetown), so we are always on the lookout for interesting views and renditions. What is interesting about older depictions of Washington and its iconic buildings is they illustrate all of the changes and development that have happened to our city- several thoughtfully planned, and several as a result of unforeseen and unpredictable circumstances- like war, flooding, huge population growth, or new technologies, like cars, electricity, or plumbing. We hope you enjoy these views as much as we do!

1. Georgetown a bird’s eye view. LINK.

Georgetown a bird's-eye view. Photo engraving, c. 1970. Image size 23 1/4 x 31 1/4". A detailed view of Georgetown drawn by James Richardson, showing the Potomac River, Key Bridge and the Whitehurst Freeway in the foreground, Georgetown University on the left and Rock Creek Parkway on the right.  A Balloon is pictured on the upper left corner with the sign "Cartographie Richardson."  Before Washington Harbor. Mounted.  Black and white.

Georgetown a bird’s-eye view. Photo engraving, c. 1970. Image size 23 1/4 x 31 1/4″. A detailed view of Georgetown drawn by James Richardson, showing the Potomac River, Key Bridge and the Whitehurst Freeway in the foreground, Georgetown University on the left and Rock Creek Parkway on the right. A Balloon is pictured on the upper left corner with the sign “Cartographie Richardson.” Before Washington Harbor. Mounted. Black and white.

2. Washington City, D.C. LINK.

Washington City, D.C. By Theodore R. Davis. Published in Harper's Weekly, New York. Wood engraving; hand colored, Mar. 13, 1869. Image size 13 3/4 x 20 3/8" (349 x 512 mm). With modern handcoloring.

Washington City, D.C. By Theodore R. Davis. Published in Harper’s Weekly, New York. Wood engraving; hand colored, Mar. 13, 1869. Image size 13 3/4 x 20 3/8″ (349 x 512 mm). With modern hand coloring.

3. Washington, D.C. – The Inauguration of President Garfield. – View on the Grand Military and Civic Procession on Pennsylvania Avenue, Looking from the Dome of the Capitol.  LINK.

Washington, D.C. - The Inuguration of President Garfield. - View on the Grand Military and Civic Procession on Pennsylvania Avenue, Looking from the Dome of the Capitol. Published by Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper, March 19, 1881. Wood engraving handcolored, 1881. Image size 20 1/8 x 14 1/16" (512 x 353 mm). An interesting perspective, with modern handcoloring.

Washington, D.C. – The Inauguration of President Garfield. – View on the Grand Military and Civic Procession on Pennsylvania Avenue, Looking from the Dome of the Capitol. Published by Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper, March 19, 1881. Wood engraving hand colored, 1881. Image size 20 1/8 x 14 1/16″ (512 x 353 mm). An interesting perspective, with modern hand coloring.

4. United States Capitol. LINK.

United States Capitol. By Louis Orr. Etching, c. 1920. Image size 15 x 23" (381 x 585 mm). A very detailed and handsomely executed view, typical of Orr's larger works. A flag flies over the entrance. Several cars are parked beside the Capitol steps. Signed in pencil.

United States Capitol. By Louis Orr. Etching, c. 1920. Image size 15 x 23″ (381 x 585 mm). A very detailed and handsomely executed view, typical of Orr’s larger works. A flag flies over the entrance. Several cars are parked beside the Capitol steps. Signed in pencil.

5. Map of the Cities of Washington and Georgetown D.C. LINK.

Map of the cities of Washington and Georgetown D.C. Published by W. H. & O. H. Morrison. Stone engraving, 1876. Image size, 15 7/8 x 20" (405 x 517 mm) plus margins. A fine map of the original plan for the city of Washington, divided into wards. Various sites are highlighted on the map itself, including the President's House, Capitol, Washington Monument, Naval Observatory, Arsenal at Greenleaf's Point, Navy Yard, City Hall, Smithsonian Institute and Howard University.  This map appeared in the 1876 edition of "Morrison's Stranger's Guide for Washington City." Black & white.

Map of the Cities of Washington and Georgetown D.C. Published by W. H. & O. H. Morrison. Stone engraving, 1876. Image size, 15 7/8 x 20″ (405 x 517 mm) plus margins. A fine map of the original plan for the city of Washington, divided into wards. Various sites are highlighted on the map itself, including the President’s House, Capitol, Washington Monument, Naval Observatory, Arsenal at Greenleaf’s Point, Navy Yard, City Hall, Smithsonian Institute and Howard University. This map appeared in the 1876 edition of “Morrison’s Stranger’s Guide for Washington City.” Black & white.

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Showing of his wheres

imagesCollector and map enthusiast Dennis Gurtz was featured in the Washington Post Magazine, alongside his impressive collection of maps. We urge our readers to check out the accompanying photo gallery on the Washington Post’s website, where he  shows off the “Arnold” map of Civil War forts in Washington and his Plan of the City of Washington, published in the Universal Asylum and Columbian Magazine in March 1792.

Showing off his wheres.  Washington Post Magazine Article by Kris Coronado, Photographs by Benjamin C. Tankersley.

If you want to start your own Washington DC map collection, make a visit to our shop- we will show you some of the first plans of the city, great 19th century and Civil War era maps, and even some 20th century real estate maps! We even have a Plan of the City of Washington for sale here- so come by and see it in person.

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New Additions: Baist’s Real Estate Atlas of Surveys of Washington

We now have at the gallery Baist’s Real Estate Atlas of Surveys of Washington, Volume 3. These folio maps, color lithographs backed on linen, were published in 1945 by R. H. Baist. These interesting and highly detailed survey maps of Northwest Washington, D.C. feature labeled streets, numbered blocks, and lots. The maps also show footprints of structures, color-coding for types of construction, lines for utilities, and more.

Color coding and symbols are explained in a table on each map. Each individual map is for sale, at $125.00 per map. Average sheet size 34 x 24 1/2″ (863 x 609 mm).

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Areas included in Volume 3, listed by map number:

  1. Georgetown
  2. Georgetown College
  3. Georgetown East
  4. Georgetown- Volta Park
  5. Kalorama- Washington Heights
  6. Kalorama- Washington Heights
  7. Adams Morgan
  8. Ingleside
  9. Meridian Hill
  10. Columbia Heights
  11. Mt. Pleasant
  12. Park View
  13. Pleasant Plains
  14. Howard
  15. LeDroit
  16. McMillan
  17. Old Soldiers Home
  18. Petworth
  19. 16th Street Heights
  20. Brightwood
  21. Manor Park
  22. Walter Reed
  23. Georgetown University
  24. Glover Park
  25. Naval Observatory
  26. National Cathedral- National Zoo
  27. Rock Creek
  28. Tenleytown
  29. American University
  30. Palisades
  31. A.U. Park
  32. Tenleytown
  33. Chevy Chase DC
  34. Chevy Chase DC
  35. Grant Circle
  36. Pinehurst
  37. Colonial Village- Shepherd Park
  38. Index Map

Stop by our gallery to see the Atlas- we have it on display for visitors to flip through. It is always fun to try and find your neighborhood- see how much has changed and how much has stayed the same since 1945. Big businesses and schools are all labeled, as well as many of the embassies. You can view each individual map on our website here. 

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Past/Present: Washington DC Maps

Today we have a new P/P post, featuring two DC city maps, both new and old. The Old Print Gallery specializes in antique maps, and for many years, the gallery only sold old prints and maps ( like the 1793 Washington DC map shown below). Once we decided to embrace the 21st century and show works by local (and living) artists, we thought it would be fitting for the gallery’s first show to feature a contemporary cartographer. Nikolas Schiller, known as DC’s renegade cartographer, was the perfect choice. His maps, created from modified aerial photography, depict DC’s neighborhoods as a kaleidoscope of colors and shapes, drawing attention to, and appreciation for, DC’s grid-like streets and famous traffic circles. Now, almost a year later, one of Schiller’s maps can be found on the OPG walls again, this time in our new show, Location, Location, Location, which opens today, and runs until September 10.

Image on Left: Plan of the City of Washington by J. Good. Published by Literary Magazine and British Review, London. Engraving, 1793.

Image on Right: Georgetown Quilt- West by Nikolas Schiller. Modified aerial photograph, 2010.






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