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Auction 151, Lot 216

"Map of the City of Washington in the District of Columbia U. States of America [in] Bohn's Hand-Book of Washington",

Subject: Washington, D.C.

Period: 1856 (published)


Color: Black & White

15.8 x 11.7 inches
40.1 x 29.7 cm

This is a terrific pocket map and tourist guide for the nation's capital city. The map, bound into the back of the book, is surrounded with reference tables and information useful to tourists. It is embellished with fancy titling, a compass rose, and a large vignette of the Capitol building. There is an attractive steel-engraved frontispiece of the Capitol and two title pages. The 120 pages of text cover major areas of interest including the Smithsonian, Washington Monument and Navy Yard. 16mo, hardbound in brown cloth boards with gilt embossed illustrations on front cover. Published by Casimir Bohn.


Condition: B+

The map is lightly toned with a few spots of foxing and two 0.5" binding tears at right. The right neatline has been partially trimmed due to the binding trim. Text is clean with the first few pages slightly loose. The front hinge is starting and the covers are lightly worn.

Estimate: $160 - $200

Sold for: $300

Closed on 11/19/2014