Plan of the City of Washington in the Territory of Columbia ceded by the States of Virginia and Maryland to the United States of America…. DC. Washington, Samuel after L’Enfant Hill, Pierre, Handkerchief Map.
Plan of the City of Washington in the Territory of Columbia ceded by the States of Virginia and Maryland to the United States of America…
Plan of the City of Washington in the Territory of Columbia ceded by the States of Virginia and Maryland to the United States of America…
Plan of the City of Washington in the Territory of Columbia ceded by the States of Virginia and Maryland to the United States of America…

Plan of the City of Washington in the Territory of Columbia ceded by the States of Virginia and Maryland to the United States of America…

New York: TIME Magazine. 1965. About 16 ½ x 17.”. Blue printing on brown silk-like cloth. Accompanied by square blue cardboard box (4 ¾ x 4 ¾) and a small 8-page folder. Folded as distributed. Very good. Item #3701

Based on Samuel Hill’s 1792 printed version of L’Enfant’s plan of the new nation’s future seat of government, this is a 20th century version of the fabric-printed maps of Washington that had their beginnings in the early 19th century. Indeed, the present map appears to be a direct reproduction of a bandanna printed on linen in the early 19th century (Collins: Threads of History, item 28).

The cover of the accompanying printed booklet notes that the map was “presented by TIME, the Weekly Newsmagazine in token of the opening of the 89th Congress, January 4, 1965.” The text of the booklet extolls TIME’s Washington Bureau and notes “why Capitol newsmakers talk freely and frequently to TIME.” It appears that this keepsake item was specifically created for and distributed to the Beltway movers and shakers.

We located no example of this map on OCLC (not that we would necessarily expect to). A nice and uncommon ephemeral Washington map. [ICN 7647.].

Price: $150.00