U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey

The Harbor of Annapolis

The Harbor of Annapolis ( Maryland ) Founded upon a Trigonometrical Survey Under the direction of A.D. Bache Superintendent of the Survey of the Coast of the United States. Triangulation by James Ferguson and Ferd. H. Gerdes, assistants. the Hydrography under the direction of George M. Bache Lieutenant U.S. Navy . Typography by F.H. Gerdes, Assistant.

DESCRIPTION: Fine orginal electrotype copperplate engraved nautical chart of Annapolis, Maryland and vicinity first published in 1846. On strong, thick paper with no folds. Coverage extends from Forked Creek and the Narrows at the North past Annapolis and terminates near Oyster Creek and the modern community of "Arundel on the Bay". Numerous soundings, lighthouses, bouys, and navigational hazards are noted. Electrotype copy no. 3 by G. Mathiot U.S.C.S.

Key named features include the Severn River, Kent Island, Greensberry's Neck, Annapolis, Fort Nonsense, Fort Madison, Mount Misery, Sullivan's Cove, Round Bay, Mt. Pleasant, St. Helena Island, Weem's Creek, Graveyard Creek, St. John's College, Spa Creek, Windmill Point, Horn Point, Cat Hole Creek, Black Walnut Creek, Thomas' Point, Price's Point, Whitehall Poplars, Whitehall Creek, Goose Pond, Sandy Point.

With sailing directions, tidal notes, and four attractive inset coastal profile panoramic views of the approaches to Annapolis featuring the state house as the primary point of reference.

This chart was printed in 1874 from an electrotype copy of the original hand-engraved copper plate, a process the U.S. Coast Survey adopted around 1850. As a soft medium, copper plates could only withstand print runs of perhaps 200 copies before the plates wore down. To enable larger print runs, a mold of the original plate was created in wax or another soft medium. Then, using an electro-chemical processs ( electrotyping ), the mold was coated with a metal layer, typically copper. Printers were then able to produce output from the new electrotype copper copy, while preserving the original.

This antique chart should not be confused with those similar copies issued as part of an annual Report to Congress, most on thin paper with folds that often show condition issues. With the circular stamp of the U.S. Coast Survey Depot. Number 385.

CREATOR: U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey



BODY OF WATER: Chesapeake Bay

CONDITION: Very Good.  Very clean and bright with no holes, tears, stains, or other condition issues. A fine example. No folds. With a prominent ink-smudged platemark. Wide 3" margins.

COLORING: Careful, detailed hand color.


SIZE: 17 " x 14 "


PRICE: $750


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