Dorothy Sloan -- Books


Rare Civil War Bird’s-Eye View Of Florida Peninsula & the Keys

52.     [BIRD’S-EYE VIEW]. BACHMANN, John. Panorama of the Seat of War. Birds Eye View of Florida and Part of Georgia and Alabama. John Bachmann, Publisher, 115 & 117 Nassau St., New York. [below image at center] Entered according to act of Congress in the year 1861 by John Bachmann in the Clerks Office of the District Court of the U.S. for the Southern District of New York. [below image at right] [distance tables at left and right]. New York, 1861. Three-color chromolithograph in shades of blue, green, yellow, and black, showing entire Florida peninsula from New Orleans in the far distance to Tybee Island, Georgia; forts and towns indicated by indistinct, miniature bird’s-eye views; rivers, estuaries, and other topographical features; roads, railroads, ships at sea. Image: 40.5 x 71.5 cm; image with titles and imprint: 56 x 71.5 cm. Centerfold crease affecting a few letters, lightly waterstained, closed tear at left side (slightly into image), slight stain at lower left in image, overall very good. Matted and framed under Plexiglas. Not examined outside frame.

     First edition. This is the Florida section of a six-sheet aerial view of the Confederate States in 1861. Rumsey 2665. Stephenson, Civil War Maps 11.72. See Item 50 herein for notes on Bachmann and his series of Civil War views. Because of its larger scale, the present map reveals considerable detail about the area shown.

     This view concentrates on Florida almost exclusively and its coastal and inland defenses. Many forts are shown, including Fort Jupiter, New Smyrna, and Key West.