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Auction 154, Lot 788

Includes Map Depicting the State of Franklin

"Taschenbuch der Reisen, oder Unterhaltende Darstellung der Entdeckungen des 18ten Jahrhunderts, in Rucksicht der Lander Menschen und Productenkunde. Fur jede Klasse von Lesern", Zimmerman, Eberhard A.W.

Subject: Miscellaneous Books

Period: 1805 (published)


Color: Black & White

3.7 x 5.3 inches
9.4 x 13.5 cm
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This rare book, the fourth title in Zimmerman's annual compilations, is devoted entirely to America and features the first German description of California as it was under Spanish rule. This edition contains 10 handsome copperplate engravings and maps derived from Vancouver's A Voyage of Discovery to the North Pacific Ocean, and Jakob Begert's Nachrichten von der Amerikanischen Halbinsel Californien. The two folding maps include Grundriss von Washington der Neuen Hauptstadt der Vereinigten Staaten von Nord America (8.2 x 6.7”), an early plan of Washington DC, and Karte von Nord Amerika (10.5 x 6.2”) which includes the short-lived state of Franklin erroneously identified in present-day Ohio. There are two single-page portraits; a Seminole Indian chief (Mico Chlucco) and Sir Hans Sloane, the founder of the British Museum. The remaining six folding plates show the mission at Monterey, California natives, California and Virginian landscapes, and a variety of flora and fauna. Complete, 32mo, 283 pages. Original hardbound marbled boards with gilt stamped, leather spine.

References: Old World Auctions - State of Franklin Maps #22.

Condition: B+

Text and maps very good with no tears or separations. The folding maps have very light foxing and the plates have a light damp stain mostly impacting the lower blank margins. Minor rubbing on covers.

Estimate: $400 - $500

Sold for: $300

Closed on 9/16/2015