Rare Pocket Map of Washington, D.C. in the Centennial Year

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289. [MAP]. ENTWISTLE, J.C. Entwistle’s Handy Map of Washington and Vicinity Showing Public Buildings, Churches, Hotels, Places of Amusement and lines of Street Rail Roads Published by J.C. Entwistle Cor. 7th St & La. Ave. Washington, D.C. 1876. [below neat line, lower center] Copyright Secured According to Law. [inset at upper left] Diagram Showing the Divisions of the City. [key at lower left, with illustrations for types of transportation and symbols for churches, hotels, markets, places of amusement, and public schools, and explanation of numbering system for houses] Explanation.... Washington, D.C., 1876. Lithograph map with street rail routes hand colored in red, public places hand colored in green, distances from Capitol shown by concentric circles at one-mile intervals; border to border: 42 x 53.6 cm; overall sheet size: 45.7 x 60.6 cm; folded into original blind-embossed brown cloth pocket covers (12.2 x 8 cm), gilt-lettered on upper cover: Entwistle’s Handy Map and Guide to Washington: With Slate Attachment; lower pastedown with small printed broadside entitled: Hotels and Places of Amusement and Public Halls (noted at bottom: Entered in the Office of the Librarian of Congress in the year 1876 by J.C. Entwistle, of Washington, D.C.) Map: Several clean fold separations (no losses), some with old paper repairs on verso; map torn at juncture with pocket covers, overall good. Pocket folder: Spine chipped with small loss at foot, a few small voids, rubbed, new front pastedown, overall good. With contemporary booksellers’ label of Hopkins & Sons of Washington D.C. on pastedown, and contemporary oval purple ink stamp of Milans & Wilkins, Booksellers of Washington, D.C. on verso of map.

     The first edition of this map was in 1876, and it seems to be a map that was used over time for various purposes, such as a later version that superimposed the sewer lines of the city onto the map and added annotations in red type that are later overprints. Phillips, America 1029 (1879 edition). Copies of the various editions recorded by OCLC are: Huntington Library (1876); Library of Congress (1876 [2 copies, one with copyright notice and the other without]; 1879, 1882); McGill University (1886); Harvard (1876). The present copy comports with the Huntington copy.

     J.C. Entwistle is listed inTooley’s Dictionary of Mapmakers (revised edition, Vol. II, p. 26) with mention of him as a Washington, D.C. publisher who put out Potomac River from Washington to Chesapeake Bay (1887) engraved by W.M. Dougal. He also created some maps for the U.S. government, such as a map of Soldiers’ Home near Washington, D.C. (1877) and Weather Map for the United States showing Cloud Cover, Temperature, Barometer, Wind Direction and Velocity for 1 A.M. at Cincinnati, Tuesday, October 21, 1873 (published by order of the Secretary of War). The present map has been used by some architects for restoration projects in Washington, D.C.


Sold. Hammer: $500.00; Price Realized: $612.50.

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