(Washington D.C.) Plan of the City of Washington

Mapmaker: Thackara & Vallance

(Washington D.C.) Plan of the City of Washington


  • ~Catalog 59~
  • (Washington D.C.) Plan of the City of Washington.

    This is the rare first printed map of Washington D.C.

    Engraved and printed by Thackara & Vallance for "The universal asylum, and Columbian magazine", this is Andrew Ellicott's revision of L'Enfants plan for new capital of the nation. Just a year prior to this map's publication President George Washington commissioned Pierre Charles L'Enfant to devise a plan for the city which would set on the shores of the Potomac River. After L'Enfant presented his plan, initial acceptance was followed by controversy and Andrew Ellicott revised the plan and presented it to Thackara & Vallance to be produced. This is that first printed map that they made.

    Map has been professionally conserved and backed with minimal loss along the old fold lines. Some bleedthrough can be seen on the front from a previous owners notation on the back of where the item was found, "The Universal Asylum, and Columbian Magazine For March 1792. Plan of the City of Washington....". The text from which the map is derived is included, with paper covers and in good condition. Image size for each map is approximately 8.5 x 11 (inches)