WASHINGTON, D.C. Bohn's Hand-Book of Washington. With an Appendix. Illustrated with twenty engravings of public buildings, etc. By Cassimir Bohn. 104 pp. Illustrated with engraved frontispiece, 17 tinted full-page lithographs, fold out lithographic map of Washington, D.C., engraved fold out plan of the House and Senate chambers. 12mo., 148 x 92 mm, bound in publisher's blue cloth with gilt front cover and spine, cover design repeated in blind on the bottom cover, a.e.g. Washington, D.C.: Cassimir Bohn. Sold by all the Booksellers, 1854.
Second Edition. A pre-Civil War guide to the United State's capital, embellished with attractive tinted lithographs of it's famous buildings and monuments set against a fine blue sky. This guide finds the city in a state of transition, as the rapidly expanding country required a larger Capital Building, and the Washington Monument remains only a third complete (construction wouldn't be finished until 1884). Also illustrated are the White House, Georgetown, The Smithsonian Institute, The Treasury etc.
The plan of the House and Senate chambers is of the first session of the 33rd Congress with the each member's name on their desk; engraving of the Capitol building at the center of the plan. Short tear in each fold out, slightly shaken; occasional light foxing, overall an exceptional complete copy which includes the rare map and plan with a slightly faded but bright gilt front cover in very good condition.
Item nr. 153793