Auction 149, Lot 226

"Bohn's Hand-Book of Washington. With an Appendix. Illustrated with Twenty Engravings of Public Buildings, &c.",

Subject: Washington, D.C.

Period: 1854 (published)


Color: Hand Color

3.9 x 6.1 inches
9.9 x 15.5 cm

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... (11.3 x 15.3") is bound into the front of the book. It 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. Interspersed within the text are 17 finely rendered color plates which include the President's House, U.S. Patent Office, Washington Monument and Navy Yard. Published by Casimir Bohn. Hardbound in green cloth with stamped gilt title and illustrations on front cover.


Condition: B+

The map is generally clean and bright with some light offsetting and a very short closed binding tear. Text and plates are very good with some faint scattered foxing. Covers and spine show light wear and the spine is slightly sunned. The front hinge is perished.

Estimate: $300 - $375

Sold for: $220

Closed on 5/21/2014