Auction 156, Lot 258

"Grundriss von Washington der Neuen Hauptstadt der Vereinigten Staaten von Nord-America", Zimmerman, Eberhard A.W.

Subject: Washington, D.C.

Period: 1805 (published)

Publication: Taschenbuch der Reisen, oder Unterhaltende Darstellung der Entdeckungen...

Color: Black & White

Size:
8.4 x 6.6 inches
21.3 x 16.8 cm

This charming small plan shows the city in good detail with the major streets named. The map locates the President's House, the Capitol, and Georgetown. Compass rose with fleur-de-lys. An uncommon issue, not in Phillips, Maps and Views of Washington and District of Columbia or in Baynton-Williams' Plans of Washington, D.C. (Mapforum, Issue 12).

The map is very similar to the Jedidiah Morse map of 1794, and was published in Zimmermann's Taschenbuch der Reisen, an uncommon travel book devoted entirely to America. Zimmermann (1743-1815) was a German philosopher, zoologist and geographer. His Taschenbuch der Reisen was issued in 12 annual editions describing Zimmermann's travels throughout the world, with the 1805 edition dealing with the United States and Canada.

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Condition: B+

Issued folding, now flattened, with a few spots of foxing and light offsetting at top right from an opposing page of text. Binding trim at lower left.

Estimate: $350 - $425

Sold for: $250

Closed on 2/17/2016

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