The Rapidly Evolving 1859 Pocket Map of Baltimore with Revisions
Accomplished by Printed Pasteovers & Manuscript Additions

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388. [MAP]. WEISHAMPEL, John F[rederick], Jr. (publisher) & William Sides (surveyor). [Original printed title] Map of Baltimore Published by John F. Weishampel, Jr. No. 484 W. Baltimore St. 1859. [Title on printed pasteover cancel slip] Map of Baltimore. J.F. Weishampel, Jr., Bookseller and Publisher, No. 8, under the Entaw House. The Blue Lines indicate the Route of the City Passenger Railway. The Red Lines are not to be regarded, as they designate the Old Wards, which have been changed. The letter F stands for Fort Federal Hill, and M for Fort Marshall. For a History and Description of the city, see Weishampel’s New Illustrated Guide, for sale at all Bookstores. [above neat line] Wm. Sides Surveyor Balto. Lith. by A. Hoen & Co. Second St. Balto. [indices of streets and prominent sites in two columns on both sides of map] Streets... Wharves...Public Squares...Springs...Markets...R.R. Stations...Hotels...Offices & Business Places...Halls... [printed pasteover slip at left center] To Catonsville, 6 miles. To Ellicott’s Mills, 10 miles. [printed pasteover slip at upper left] To Druid Hill Park, 1/2 mile. [printed pasteover slip at upper center] To Towsontown, 7 miles. Baltimore, 1859. Lithograph map, printed colored lines (red for old wards), contemporary blue hand-color (as issued) indicating city railway passenger lines; neat line to neat line: 33 x 36.5 cm; map with legends: 33 x 44.5 cm; overall sheet size: 36.5 x 48 cm; folded into publisher’s purple cloth pocket covers (12.5 x 8.7 cm), printed goldenrod paper label on upper cover: Map of Baltimore...Published by John F. Weishampel, Jr. Bookseller...For sale by Henry Taylor & Co., Sun Iron Building. Map: Other than a few splits at folds (no losses), fine. Pocket folder: Fine. With contemporary pencil note on front pastedown (“A. Hall No. 4 N. Conway St., Baltimore”) followed by later ink note (“A Hall was Drusilla Hall Johnson’s sister”).

     First edition, later issue of a map that was distributed several times, each version in a different configuration. The original apparently lacked indication of the railroad lines and the pasted-on materials found here. Intermediate variants may be found; however, all are dated 1859. The street railway opened in 1859 with horse-drawn conveyances and expanded tremendously after that. This issue of the map probably dates from later than 1859, judging from the extent of the system. This serviceable map was clearly updated from time to time as developments required but never fundamentally altered. The same lithograph map was used, and the changes were indicated through pasteovers and manuscript alterations. The map shows the ward system as it existed in 1858; the wards were reorganized, however, in 1860, which probably explains the note here concerning the incorrect ward boundaries. In 1872 Weishampel issued yet another version: New and Enlarged Map of Baltimore City Including Waverly, Hampden, all the Parks, and Miniature Map of the State. Phillips (America, p. 134) notes only Weishampel’s 1872 map, and not the 1859 map.

     John Frederick Weishampel, Jr. (1832-189?) was a third generation Prussian-American born in Baltimore and son of Rev. John Frederick Weishampel. Weishampel, Jr. was prolific publisher in the mid-nineteenth century, and his guides (Weishampel’s Baltimore Guide and The Stranger in Baltimore) appeared in multiple editions, usually with maps. His print shop was located at 484 West Baltimore Street, in Baltimore. The most historically significant book that Weishampel published is A Narrative of the Life of Rev. Noah Davis, a Colored Man (1859). This nonprofit book was printed solely for the purpose of raising money to buy two of Davis’ (a former slave himself) children out of slavery.

     Surveyor William Sides, surveyor and civil engineer, was active primarily in the eastern U.S. from the 1840s to the 1870s. The lithography for this map was the work of the firm of Adolph G. Hoen. The quality of the firm over seven-plus decades tended towards exacting detail and consummate craftsmanship. The Hoen firm executed many of the maps and plates for government reports on the West.


Sold. Hammer: $300.00; Price Realized: $367.50.

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