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Nice example of the August 1753 edition of the Scull & Heap map of Philadelphia, published by the Gentlemans Magazine.

Perhaps the most famous map of Philadelphia, the Scull & Heap map went through many editions beginning in 1752. This example appeared in the August 1753 issue of Gentleman's Magazine. As the first edition of the map, separately issued in Philadelphia, is very rare, the Gentleman's Magazine edition is the first generally available version of this important map. This example of the map was reissued in a later edition, without the table of distances.

The Holme's grid plan for the city lies at the center of the map, with an open Centre Square and the Court House the only indicated features. More information is given about the surrounding regions, where roads, mills, and houses of prominent citizens are shown and named. These details give us a wealth of information about the development of the Philadelphia area in its nascent days. Especially interesting is a considerably developed Germantown, with houses lining both sides of Germantown Pike, and a table of distances from the Court House is in the lower right corner, the latter only appearing in this first edition.

Condition Description
A bit of soiling and wear to the folds. Fine dark impression.
Reference
Prints of Philadelphia: 1; Snyder: 16.