John Bartholomew. “Centennial Map of Philadelphia and its Vicinity a New Township Map of the Country One Hundred and Thirty Six Miles around Philadelphia including the Cities of New York, Baltimore and Washington...”
Philadelphia: Baker, Davis & Co, 1876 successors to T. Ellwood Zell. From information compiled by John Disturnell. 35 x 34 ½ (neat lines) plus margins. Lithograph. Original hand color. Printed on individual sheets mounted onto a larger piece of paper and backed with linen as originally issued. Several tears into map and margins repaired with acid free linen tape on verso and various small areas of map and margins filled and in-painted. Acid free linen tape on verso to reinforce and flatten some horizontal creases commonly found in wall maps. Else, good condition for a map of this size. Very scarce. A/A
A rare, circular map of the mid-Atlantic region at the time of the Centennial. This map shows a one hundred and thirty six mile radius of Philadelphia from New York to Washington, D.C. Copious detail is neatly portrayed and includes information on roads, railroads, steamship routes, and canals. In the corners are nicely drawn vignette scenes showing Independence Hall, the Art Museum and a map of the Centennial grounds.
This map was issued most likely to promote the Centennial and for those traveling within the mid-Atlantic region. Given that this map was originally backed with linen it was most likely at one time a wall map, but at some point the top rail and bottom roller were removed. We have found two examples of this map one at the New York Public Library and the other at The Library Company in Philadelphia. Both examples are folding maps with the example at the Library Company comprised of 40 sheets with an accompanying case. A rare and wonderful image of the area at the time of the Centennial.