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New Additions: Washington DC Pocket Map

NEW ADDITIONS bannerNEW ADDITIONSWe just added an early pocket map of Washington DC to our inventory. Pocket maps, sometimes called case maps, are separately-issued, folding maps attached or slid into a hard cover. They first appeared in the United States in the 1820s and 30s, partly prompted by the burgeoning development of railways. The early pocket maps emphasize new railroad lines, canals, and road distances, sometimes with charts of calculated travel times to and from key cities. During the Civil War, pocket maps had significant military use due to portability and lower production costs. Later pocket maps were used like advertisements, produced by entrepreneurial business owners and travel companies.

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Map of the City of Washington. By F. C. DeKrafft. Published by A. Rothwell. Stone engraving,1836. 15 3/8 x 20 3/4″ plus hairline margins. Retains original red leather covers with gold tooled title, “City of Washington.” Accompanied by a 18 page guide to the city with the title, “Picture of the City of Washington, Being a Concise Description of the City, Public Buildings, &c. Accompanied by a correct map.” Of note, the newly formed “Jackson City” (1835) in shown across the Long Bridge in Virginia. The railroad route to Baltimore is also shown prominently on the map. Engraved by Mrs. W. I. Stone. B. Homans, printer  LINK.

 

 

 

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The Tourist’s Guide Pocket Map

The Tourist's Guide through the States of Maryland, Delaware and Parts of Pennsylvania & Virginia, with the Routes to their Springs, &c. By Fielding Lucas, Jr. Engraving, 1836. Image zie 13 7/8 x 19 5/8" (498 x 353 mm) plus margins.  LINK.

The Tourist’s Guide through the States of Maryland, Delaware and Parts of Pennsylvania & Virginia, with the Routes to their Springs, &c. By Fielding Lucas, Jr. Engraving, 1836. Image size 13 7/8 x 19 5/8″ (498 x 353 mm) plus margins. LINK.

New to the OPG inventory is a rare travelers pocket guide map of Maryland, Virginia, Delaware & the Chesapeake Region, by Fielding Lucas, Jr. This well delineated early 19th century map depicts the early roads (main and common), canals, and the railroads, which at the time of publishing were a new mode of transportation. The rail lines on this map are outlined in red, and include the route from Richmond to Fredericksburg, Washington to Baltimore, with a branch to Annapolis, and Baltimore to the western mining regions of Winchester and Cumberland. A table of distances from Baltimore to various cities and springs is shown in the upper right and central left.

Fielding Lucas Jr. was most active prior to 1825. He published his New & Elegant Atlas and contributed to the maps of Carey & Lea. Lucas issued very few pocket maps and most are very rare, especially those issued after 1830.

This particular map is bound into the original gold embossed covers with the title “Map of Maryland and Part of Virginia &c.”

To see other pocket maps available  at The Old Print Gallery, we invite you to visit our website. 

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