1885 Roose's Companion and Guide Map of Washington with Original Booklet

Offered is a fairly uncommon map of Washington D.C., dating to 1885, created by William S. Roose. With the Capitol Building at center, this map covers the area from Georgetown to the Benning Road Bridge. The map displays the nation's capital, shown during the end of the nineteenth century, a period of rapid expansion and urban development for Washington.

The map depicts the city in considerable detail, with the Capitol, Smithsonian, the White House, the Washington Monument, and National Observatory, plus others, notably marked. Georgetown and Georgetown College are indicated on the left edge of the map, and some detail is given to Maryland and Alexandria, VA. At top right is a “Diagram showing the Divisions of the City.”

This map first appeared in 1880 and was issued for Roose's guidebook Roose's Companion and Guide to Washington and Vicinity. The guidebook and this map were subsequently reissued several times throughout the 1880s – the present example being the 1885 version, published by Gibson Brothers, Washington DC. The guidebook included 114 pages and this Washington, DC map tipped in at front. The text was written by Samuel D. Wyeth, and included a full history of the city, an engrossing narrative of the planning of the city by Charles L’Enfant and Andrew Ellicot, population numbers from 1810 to 1880 in decades, and full descriptions of city landmarks, parks, public buildings, and other amusing, historical facts about the District. 


Overall very good condition, considering age and use. As to be expected, this map has some crease lines along where the map was originally folded. No severe losses or staining. This impression is immaculately framed to conservation standards. Mounted at bottom left corner is the original booklet with cloth and gilt titled covers. The map is framed on dark grey linen in a beaded, brushed gold frame.

Framed dimensions: 26 1/8" H x 30 5/8" W x 2" D

Related Items

Subscribe and save!

Sign up for our emails to receive exclusive flash sales! Get 50% off list price of incredible pieces, only offered to our subscribers.