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A rare map of Western United States from T. Bromme's Hand Atlas, one of the rarer mid-19th Century German atlases.

Bromme and his brother travelled to the US in the 1820s. Bromme returned to Germany and began publishing Travel Guides in German. He borrowed heavily from Tanner and later Mitchell for some of his travel guide maps, including near identical copies of the 1834 Map of the US which accompanied Tanner's Traveller's Guide. However, some of his works, including this atlas and map produced by Woerl, are unique and highly sought after.

This map is a fabulously accurate and detailed mapping of the west, with Indian Tribes, accurate topography, extensive forts & roads, especially in Texas. A rare and highly desirable map.

Traugott Bromme Biography

Traugott Bromme was a traveler and publisher best known for this immigration guides for German migrants. Born in Anger, in Saxony, Traugott was orphaned at a young age. He emigrated to the United States at age eighteen. There he studied medicine, traveled extensively, and supposedly served as a surgeon in the nascent Colombian Navy and was imprisoned in Haiti. He returned to Germany in 1824, where he became a partner in his brother-in-law’s bookshop in Dresden. He began to publish books on the topic of immigration at this time.

In 1833 Bromme returned to the United States, this time to Baltimore where he took up a partnership in a publishing house, Scheld and Company. Here he began to publish his guidebooks targeting German immigration to America, which included maps after those of Henry Schenck Tanner. By 1840, he had again returned to Germany, starting a bookshop in Stuttgart. In 1846 he once again sailed to America, spending three years there. By 1849, he was back in Germany and seemingly returned to publishing. All of his outputs were geographic in nature and include several wall maps.