Auction 140, Lot 147

"Post- und Reise-Karte der Vereinigten Staaten von Nord-Amerika", Bromme, Traugott

Subject: Eastern United States

Period: 1837 (dated)


Color: Hand Color

21.8 x 18 inches
55.4 x 45.7 cm

This fascinating and very scarce map was intended for Germans traveling or emigrating to the eastern United States. Bromme filled the map with information on towns, forts, Native American settlements, railroads, canals, and road distances between towns, which he based on maps by Tanner, Mitchell and the Post Office. The map is surrounded by 18 inset maps of large US and Canadian cities, including New York, Washington, DC, Boston, Philadelphia, New Orleans, Montreal, the Niagara Falls area, and Pottsville, PA. Traugott Bromme was one of the most prolific German travel writers in the mid nineteenth century. He issued a number of travel guides to America, as well as a number of important German atlases. His work was very influential in the influx of Germans who comprised the largest group of immigrants to the United States between 1840 and 1880. This is one of his earliest works.


Condition: B+

Wide margins with toning, a few light creases and several unobtrusive spots. There are a few short tears in blank margins that have been closed on verso with archival materials. A few city names have been underlined in black ink.

Estimate: $600 - $750


Closed on 5/23/2012