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Nice example of the first 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. The first edition of this map 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.

The first edition includes a table of distances from the Court House in the lower right corner. The second edition replaces the table with details of the roads in New Jersey, etc.

Reference
Prints of Philadelphia: 1; Snyder: 16.