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Auction 124, Lot 220

"Bohn's Hand-Book of Washington. Beautifully Illustrated with Steel Engravings of all the Public Buildings and the Government Statuary",

Subject: District of Columbia

Period: 1861 (dated)


Color: Black & White

4 x 6 inches
10.2 x 15.2 cm
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This is a terrific pocket map and tourist guide for the nation's capital city. The map "Map of the City of Washington in the District of Columbia U. States of America Published by Casimir Bohn Washington" (15.5 x 10.5") is bound into the back of the book. The map is printed on fine banknote-style paper and is surrounded with reference tables and information useful to tourists. It is embellished with fancy titling and compass rose, and large vignette of the Capitol building. The book is hardbound in blue cloth with gilt stamped title, buildings and monuments. There are two title pages and two frontispieces; the Andrew Jackson memorial (colored), and East Front of the Capitol. The finely rendered plates include the President's House, U.S. Patent Office, Smithsonian, Washington Monument, Columbian College, Navy Yard, and many more. 134 pp.

References: cf SABIN 6142.

Condition: A

The binding and contents are near fine with just a little separation at the binding of the first few pages, corners bumped. The map has two short tears at binding trim and some light scattered foxing or toning.

Estimate: $200 - $300

Sold for: $325

Closed on 5/7/2008