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Goddard, George H. (George H …
Britton & Rey's Map Of The S …
1857
Wall Map
Authors Goddard, George H. (George Henry), 1817-1906
Full Title Britton & Rey's Map Of The State Of California. Compiled from the U.S. Land & Coast Surveys, the several Military, Scientific & Rail Road Explorations, the State & County Boundary Surveys made under the Order of the Surveyor General of California, & from Private Surveys. By George H. Goddard, C.E. Completed with Additions & Corrections up to the day of publication from the U.S. Land Office & other reliable sources. Lithy. Of Britton & Rey, Montgomery St. Cor. Commercial, S.F. Entered ... 1857 by Britton & Rey ... California. Engraved by H. Steinegger.
Note 1st edition. Wheat: "This map, a beautiful example of the cartographer's art, is unfortunately rare and little-known...it was by far the most accurate and complete map of California and of its gold regions which had as yet been published." This copy was issued as a wall map, but it has been nicely restored, varnish removed, rebacked on paper without the rollers. The other examples I am aware of were all pocket maps. See Shumate essay on Goddard. A second edition, reduced in size, was published in 1858, and a third edition was published in 1860 (see WH copies). Map is unvarnished and without rollers. Outline color by county with a full color wash.
Goodwin, F.A.
Cover: California, adjacent …
1855
Pocket Map
Authors Goodwin, F.A.
Full Title (Covers to) Map Of California And The Adjacent Country. Compiled by F. Goodwin From the best Authors and actual Observation. Entered ... 1855 by F. Goodwin ... New York. Lith. of Geo. E. Leefe, 223 Fulton St. N.Y. (with 8 page description) A Brief Description of California, From The Time of Its First Occupation by the United States and Subsequent Growth ... Accompanied by a Map of California and adjacent Country.
Goodwin, F.A.
Map Of California And The Ad …
1855
Pocket Map
Authors Goodwin, F.A.
Full Title Map Of California And The Adjacent Country. Compiled by F. Goodwin From the best Authors and actual Observation. Entered ... 1855 by F. Goodwin ... New York. Lith. of Geo. E. Leefe, 223 Fulton St. N.Y. (with 8 page description) A Brief Description of California, From The Time of Its First Occupation by the United States and Subsequent Growth ... Accompanied by a Map of California and adjacent Country.
Note Wheat calls this "rare but otherwise unimportant," due to some misspellings and inaccuracies in the map. Streeter sale illustrates the map and the price realized was the same as the Eddy map of 1853. I find the Wheat inaccuracies minor, with most of them being misspellings. The overall map is impressive. It would be interesting to find the map or maps that were used as sources. Ouline color by state. Folded into dark brown cloth covers 16.5x11 with "Map Of California And Adjacent Country By F. Goodwin" stamped in gilt.
Wheeler, G.M.
Outline Map Of Washoe Distri …
1879
National Atlas
Authors Wheeler, G.M.
Full Title Outline Map Of Washoe District Nev. Showing Comstock Lode Etc. Expeditions of 1876 & 1877, Under the Command of Captain Geo. M. Wheeler, Corps of Engineers U.S. Army. U.S. Geographical Surveys West Of The 100th Meridian.
Note Uncolored map showing the mining claims according to the records of the General Land Office. Accompanies the 1879 annual report.
Wheeler, G.M.
Outline Map Of Washoe Distri …
1879
National Atlas
Authors Wheeler, G.M.
Full Title Outline Map Of Washoe District, Nevada. Showing Comstock Lode, Locations of Mineral Claims, Shafts, Mills, Mining Towns, Etc. 1879. By Order Of The Hon. The Secretary Of War, Under The Direction of Brig. A.A. Humphreys, Chief Of Engineers, U.S. Army. Expeditions of 1876 & 1877, Under the Command of 1st Lieut. Geo. M. Wheeler, Corps of Engineers U.S. Army. Lieut. Thos. W. Symons, and Dr. F. Kampf, Field Astronomy and Triangulation. Anton Karl, Topography. Julius Bien Lith. N.Y. U.S. Geographical Survey West Of The 100th Meridian.
Note Contour lines printed in brown with black outlines.
Wheeler, G.M.
Topographical Map Of Washoe …
1877
National Atlas
Authors Wheeler, G.M.
Full Title Topographical Map Of Washoe Mining Region. Julius Bien, Lith. Expeditions Of 1876 & 1877, Under the Command of 1st. Lieut. Geo. M. Wheeler, Corps of Engineers U.S. Army. Field Astronomy & Triangulation: Lieut. T.W. Symons and Dr. F. Kampf. Anton Karl, Field Topography. U.S. Geographical Surveys West Of The 100th Meridian.
Note Two sheet map with contours in brown, outlines and drainage in black.
Smith, J. Calvin
Map of North America.
1852
Pocket Map
Authors Smith, J. Calvin
Full Title Map of North America by J. Calvin Smith. Published by J. Disturnell. New York, 1852. (with) Map of the Gold Region, California.
Note 4th issue (and last) - 1st issue was 1849, then 1850, 1851 and 1852. The North America map (without the Gold Region inset and the overland and sea routes shown and listed) appeared first as an inset in Smith's huge "Map of the United States of America" in 1843. This copy is lacking the covers. Full and outline color. Relief shown by hachures. Includes tables of overland and sea routes. California map includes western Nevada, scale (ca. 1:4,600,000). Prime meridians: Greenwich and Washington.
Hartmann, Carl
Wichtigsten Hafen und Rheden …
1849
Pocket Map
Authors Hartmann, Carl
Full Title Die wichtigsten Hafen und Rheden, sowie die Goldregion von Californien. (with 10 maps:) Bai und Hafen von San Francisco. Der Hafen San Pedro. Das Stromgebiet des San Sacramento nebst den Goldlager-statten. Der Haven von San Francisco. Bai und Hafen von MonteRey. Mundungen der Flusse Colorado und Gila. Bai und Hafen von San Diego. Bai und Hafen von Santa Barbara. Der Hafen von la Paz und Bai von Pichilingue. Die Bai la Trinidad. Alfr. Hartmann, Architect, entworf. Zu Hartmanns zweiten Bericht uber Californien. Weimar, 1849. Verlag und Lithographie von B.F. Voigt.
Note Map showing the bays, rivers, and Gold Region of California. Although uncolored, there is shading in the ocean, and hachures on the land. Soundings are given. Scale varies from map to map. Map, on heavy stock paper, folds to 22x14 with a blue label printed in black, "Dr. C. Hartmann's Specialkarte von Californien. enthaltend : 9 Kartchen von der Goldregion, sowie von den wichtigsten Hafen und Rheden. ... Weimar, Bernh. Fr. Voigt." Also appeared in: From: Hartmann, Carl. Geographisch-statistiche Beschreibung von Californien ... 1849.
Hartmann, Carl
Cover: Wichtigsten Hafen und …
1849
Pocket Map
Authors Hartmann, Carl
Full Title (Covers to) Die wichtigsten Hafen und Rheden, sowie die Goldregion von Californien. (with 10 maps:) Bai und Hafen von San Francisco. Der Hafen San Pedro. Das Stromgebiet des San Sacramento nebst den Goldlager-statten. Der Haven von San Francisco. Bai und Hafen von MonteRey. Mundungen der Flusse Colorado und Gila. Bai und Hafen von San Diego. Bai und Hafen von Santa Barbara. Der Hafen von la Paz und Bai von Pichilingue. Die Bai la Trinidad. Alfr. Hartmann, Architect, entworf. Zu Hartmanns zweiten Bericht uber Californien. Weimar, 1849. Verlag und Lithographie von B.F. Voigt.
Note Map, on heavy stock paper, folds to 22x14 with a blue label printed in black, "Dr. C. Hartmann's Specialkarte von Californien. enthaltend : 9 Kartchen von der Goldregion, sowie von den wichtigsten Hafen und Rheden. ... Weimar, Bernh. Fr. Voigt."
Martin, R.M., Tallis, J. & F …
Mexico, California and Texas …
1851
World Atlas
Authors Martin, R.M., Tallis, J. & F.
Full Title Mexico, California and Texas. The Illustrations by H. Warren & Engraved by J. Rogers. The Map Drawn & Engraved by J. Rapkin.
Note Mexico in outline color by county. New or Upper California and Texas shown in outline color. California's "newly discovered GOLD districts" are highlighted in bright yellow following the paths of the R. Sacramento and the Rio San Joaquin. The accompanying illustrations include gold washing, Mexican peasants and the ruins of Uxmal, Yucatan. The decorative border includes vegetation, fruits and vegetables from the region.
Tanner, Henry S.
Cover: California, New Mexic …
1849
Pocket Map
Authors Tanner, Henry S.
Full Title (Covers to) Map of California New Mexico Texas &c. Published by H.S. Tanner No. 156 Fulton St. New York 1849.
Tanner, Henry S.
Map of California New Mexico …
1849
Pocket Map
Authors Tanner, Henry S.
Full Title Map of California New Mexico Texas &c. Published by H.S. Tanner No. 156 Fulton St. New York 1849.
Note This is taken from Tanner's Map of the United States of Mexico, with the addition of the California Gold Regions colored in yellow, and an added inset map of "United States, Mexico &c. Shewing the Routes from N. York to St. Francisco by Land & Water." The map has been updated to show Fremont's route across the Great Basin and the "Boundary of 1848" with Mexico. The 14x9 cover entitled "Tanner's Travelling Map of California & c has on the inside front a "Table of Routes from New-York to California, with the Modes of Conveyance, Distances, Time and Fares." This is a very late map for Tanner, still printed from engraved plates (although the impression looks a bit tired), in the next to last year of his publishing career. He died in Brooklyn in 1858.
Tassin, J. B.
State Of California.
1851
Separate Map
Authors Tassin, J. B.
Full Title A newly constructed and improved map of the state of California. Shewing the extent and boundary of the different counties according to an Act passed by the Legislature April 25th, 1851. With a corrected and improved delineation of the gold region compiled from the best and most recent surveys by J.B. Tassin. Lith. by Pollard & Peregoy -- Published by Cooke and Lecount, San Francisco. Entered according to Act of Congress in the year 1851 by J.B. Tassin ... Northern District of the state of California.
Note Relief shown by hachures and spot heights. Shows drainage, counties, roads, etc. Covers also Nevada. Wheat Gold states it shows many more mining camps than any of the 1850 maps and "It is quite similar to Butler but discloses somewhat better workmanship."
Tennent, Thomas
Lower Oregon and Upper Calif …
1853
Pocket Map
Authors Tennent, Thomas
Full Title Map Of Lower Oregon and Upper California from the latest and Most Authentic Surveys Published by Thomas Tennent, at the Surveying & Navigation Warehouse Sign of "The Wooden Sailor." San Francisco. 1853. California. Lith. by Alex: Zakreski Cor. Washington & Monty. Entered ... 1853, by Thomas Tennent ... California.
Note One of the earliest detailed maps of Oregon. The brown cloth cover 15x9 has "Map Of Lower Oregon And Upper California, From The Latest And Most Authentic Surveys. Published By Thomas Tennent, At The Surveying & Navigation Warehouse, Sign Of The "Wooden Sailor," San Francisco, Cal. 1853." Uncolored.
Tennent, Thomas
Cover: Lower Oregon, Upper C …
1853
Pocket Map
Authors Tennent, Thomas
Full Title (Covers to) Map Of Lower Oregon and Upper California from the latest and Most Authentic Surveys Published by Thomas Tennent, at the Surveying & Navigation Warehouse Sign of "The Wooden Sailor." San Francisco. 1853. California. Lith. by Alex: Zakreski Cor. Washington & Monty. Entered ... 1853, by Thomas Tennent ... California.
Jackson, William A.
Cover: Mining District of Ca …
1851
Pocket Map
Authors Jackson, William A.
Full Title (Covers to) Map Of The Mining District of California by Wm. A. Jackson. Published by Lambert & Lane, 69 Wall St. New York. Entered ... 1851 by Lambert & Lane ... New York. (with 16 page appendix) Appendix To Jackson's Map Of The Mining Districts Of California. ... Second Edition, Revised And Enlarged. New-York: Lambert & Lane, 69 Wall-Street. 1851.
Jackson, William A.
Mining District of Californi …
1851
Pocket Map
Authors Jackson, William A.
Full Title Map Of The Mining District of California by Wm. A. Jackson. Published by Lambert & Lane, 69 Wall St. New York. Entered ... 1851 by Lambert & Lane ... New York. (with 16 page appendix) Appendix To Jackson's Map Of The Mining Districts Of California. ... Second Edition, Revised And Enlarged. New-York: Lambert & Lane, 69 Wall-Street. 1851.
Note This is one of the most attractive of the California Gold Rush period maps. Here it is published in pocket map form, with the 16 page "Appendix to Jackson's Map..." which describes the important mining centers. More ornate and detailed than Jackson's map of 1850, this is the only map to label Santa Cruz county "Branciforte." Shows for the first time, some of the mining activity in the south, which Jackson was involved with as an engineer. Map is full color by county, folded into dark green cloth covers 15x10 with "Jackson's Map Of The Mining Districts Of California" stamped in gilt.
Trask, John B.
Map of the State of Californ …
1853
Separate Map
Authors Trask, John B.
Full Title Map Of The State Of California. Published by Britton & Rey Lithographers, Cor. of Commercial & Montgomery Sts. San Francisco. Drawn & Compiled from the most recent Surveys by J.B. Trask. Entered ... 1853 by Britton & Rey ... California.
Note Shows great detail and accuracy. Wheat: "This is one of the best, as well as one of the rarest maps of the period." See also Trask's various Geological studies of California. Bancroft duplicate. Map is full color by county.
Colton, J. H.
Cover: United States, Britis …
1849
Pocket Map
Authors Colton, J. H.
Full Title (Covers to) Map Of The United States The British Provinces Mexico &c. Showing the Routes of the U.S. Mail Steam Packets to California, & A Plan of the Gold Region. Published By J.H. Colton, 86 Cedar St. New York. 1849. Drawn & Engraved by J.M. Atwood. New York. Entered ... 1849 by J.H. Colton ... New York. (inset) Map Of The Gold Region. California. (untitled inset of South America).
Colton, J. H.
Map Of The United States The …
1849
Pocket Map
Authors Colton, J. H.
Full Title Map Of The United States The British Provinces Mexico &c. Showing the Routes of the U.S. Mail Steam Packets to California, & A Plan of the Gold Region. Published By J.H. Colton, 86 Cedar St. New York. 1849. Drawn & Engraved by J.M. Atwood. New York. Entered ... 1849 by J.H. Colton ... New York. (inset) Map Of The Gold Region. California. (untitled inset of South America).
Note With eleven pages of text titled "Particulars of Routes, Distances, Fares, &c., to Accompany Colton's Map of California and the Gold Region. Collected from Official Documents." On the map there is a view of Pyramid Lake over the title, taken from the Fremont Report and inset maps of the Gold Region and South America, showing the route around Cape Horn. Ackerman did the Lithography for this map as well as the Map of California, Oregon, and Texas (see our #98). This is the second state of the map - the first appeared in Fayette Robinson's "California and its Gold Regions" issued earlier in 1849 (see our 5029). Streeter: "This appears to be the first Colton map showing the gold fields." The North American portion of the map is taken from the North American map inset to the huge Smith/Colton "Map of the United States and the Canadas..." first issued in 1844, this inset later became the Johnson Family Atlas North American map of 1860. The map and the view of Pyramid Lake also appears in a Disturnell/Colton map of North America issued in 1854 and earlier (see our 3507). Outline color. Map is folded into dark blue cloth covers 13.5x8.5 with "Colton's Map Of The United States, Mexico &c. Shewing the Gold Region in California" printed in black on a tan paper label.
Colton, J. H.
Map of North America from th …
1852
Separate Map
Authors Colton, J. H.
Full Title Map of North America from the latest authorities. Published by J.H. Colton. No. 86 Cedar St., New York. 1852. Drawn & Engraved by J.M. Atwood, New York. (with) Map of the Gold Region. California.
Note See our #3507 and #170 for related maps. This map shows most of Alaska but not as far north as #3507. It is not clear where this map came from - it was folded to fit into a quarto sized book (not present here), and it may have been in the 1852 issue of the United States Register by John Disturnell, as #3507 was in the 1854 United States Register (see our 1861 U.S. Register by Disturnell with a smaller Colton Map). This map was also published in 1852 to accompany volume one of Richard Swainson Fisher's "The Book of The World", NY, J.H. Colton, two volumes, 8vo. It has the inset map of the gold regions, and the inset has been updated with many towns, etc. The main map has also been updated in the West, showing Utah, New Mexico, California, reduced Texas, etc. There is no inset map of South America as appears in the 1849 issue, and this map extends much further to the north to include most of Canada and about half of Alaska. All three of these maps were probably derived from Colton's Map of North America that is listed in his catalogues from 1851 to 1855 and is somewhat larger, we assume because of decorative borders. Strangely, that map is not found in any references. Without color. Includes view: Pyramid Lake, Upper California (i.e., Nevada)
Geographisches Institut (Wei …
Nord America.
1856
World Atlas
Authors Geographisches Institut (Weimar, Germany), Kiepert, Heinrich, 1818-1899
Full Title Nord America mit Westindien. (with) Die Nordwestlichen Inselgruppen Amerikas ... Gezeichnet v. H. Kiepert. Gestochen v. W. Kratz. Weimar, Verlag des Geographischen Instituts, 1856.
Note Engraved map. State boundaries in outline color. Relief shown by hachures. Shows settlements, California gold region, Indian tribes, etc. California is called "Alta (Ober) California." Prime meridian: Ferro.
Geographisches Institut (Wei …
Vereinigten Staaten von N. A …
1855
World Atlas
Authors Geographisches Institut (Weimar, Germany), Kiepert, Heinrich, 1818-1899, Kiepert, Heinrich, 1818-1899
Full Title Die Vereinigten Staaten von Nord America nebst Canada. Neue berichtigte Ausgabe. Bearbeitet and gezeichnet von H. Kiepert. Situation und Schrift gestochen von C.J. Madel, Terrain von W. Weiler. Weimar, Verlag des Geographischen Instituts, 1855.
Note Engraved map. States in hand coutline color. Includes inset: Die Nordostlichen Staaten ... Scale 1:4,000,000. Relief shown by hachures. Shows settlements, railroads, canals, Indian tribes, etc. California is called "Alta California" and the "Gold Region" is shown. Utah called "Utah Deseret Territ." Prime meridian: Ferro.
Geographisches Institut (Wei …
Mexico, Texas, Californien, …
1855
World Atlas
Authors Geographisches Institut (Weimar, Germany), Kiepert, Heinrich, 1818-1899
Full Title Mexico, Texas und Californien. (with) Die Republiken von Central-America im Maasstab der Hauptkarte. (with) Haupt-Gold-District in Californien im doppelten maastab der Hauptkarte... (with) Plateau von Mexico ... Bearbeitet und gezeichnet von H. Kiepert. Situation und Schrift gestochen von K. Madel, Terrain von C. Jungmann. Weimar, Verlag des Geographischen Instituts, 1855.
Note Engraved map. Outline hand col. Relief shown by hachures. Shows settlements, roads, missions, Indian tribes, etc. Includes relief profile: Durchschnitt des Hochlandes von Anahuac, langs der Strassen von Mexico zu den Hafen Acapulco und Veracruz nach A. v. Humboldt. Prime meridians: Greenwich, Paris and Ferro.
Eddy, William M.
Cover: California official m …
1854
Pocket Map
Authors Eddy, William M.
Full Title (covers to) Approved and declared to be the official map of the State of California by an act of the Legislature passed March 25th 1853. Compiled by W.M. Eddy State Surveyor General. Published for R.A. Eddy, Marysville, California by J.H. Colton, No. 86 Cedar St. New York 1854. Authorities --- (with inset:) San Francisco and Adjoining Bays. Engraved on stone by Schedler & Liebler, 129 William St. New York. Printed by D. McLellan, 26 Spruce St. N.Y. Entered according to act of Congress in the year 1853 by Wm. M. Eddy in the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the United States for the Northern District of California.
Note Lithograph, 49 3/4"x 38 1/2" plus floral border. Scale18 miles to an inch. Inset : 19 3/8"x 15 1/2", scale about 2 1/4 miles to an inch. Full color. Once folded, now flattened and backed with rice paper. Folder, 6 1/4"x 4 1/4" (15 x 12 cm.), rebacked, leather covered, blind stamped, title in gilt on front cover, verso front cover leaf of text advertising Colton's maps. In ink on leaf : Genl [name not decipherable] from Wm M Ed[dy ]. This matches signature on Eddy's Surveryor General's Report for 1852. According to Wheat, Eddy died in March, 1854. Wheat states that map was not yet ready in March 1854 but does not give reason. However, Eddy as Surveyor General states in his report dated Dec. 15, 1853 that he has received a few copies of the map and more were soon expected. My copy is signed by Eddy on verso of cover. Original in Warren Heckrotte Collection, which is source of description and notes.
Eddy, William M.
Official map of the State of …
1854
Pocket Map
Authors Eddy, William M.
Full Title Approved and declared to be the official map of the State of California by an act of the Legislature passed March 25th 1853. Compiled by W.M. Eddy State Surveyor General. Published for R.A. Eddy, Marysville, California by J.H. Colton, No. 86 Cedar St. New York 1854. Authorities --- (with inset:) San Francisco and Adjoining Bays. Engraved on stone by Schedler & Liebler, 129 William St. New York. Printed by D. McLellan, 26 Spruce St. N.Y. Entered according to act of Congress in the year 1853 by Wm. M. Eddy in the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the United States for the Northern District of California.
Note Lithograph, 49 3/4"x 38 1/2" plus floral border. Scale18 miles to an inch. Inset : 19 3/8"x 15 1/2", scale about 2 1/4 miles to an inch. Full color. Once folded, now flattened and backed with rice paper. Folder, 6 1/4"x 4 1/4" (15 x 12 cm.), rebacked, leather covered, blind stamped, title in gilt on front cover, verso front cover leaf of text advertising Colton's maps. In ink on leaf : Genl [name not decipherable] from Wm M Ed[dy ]. This matches signature on Eddy's Surveryor General's Report for 1852. According to Wheat, Eddy died in March, 1854. Wheat states that map was not yet ready in March 1854 but does not give reason. However, Eddy as Surveyor General states in his report dated Dec. 15, 1853 that he has received a few copies of the map and more were soon expected. My copy is signed by Eddy on verso of cover. Original in Warren Heckrotte Collection, which is the source of description and notes.
Ensigns & Thayer
Map of the Gold Regions of C …
1849
Broadside
Authors Ensigns & Thayer
Full Title Map of the Gold Regions of California, Showing the Routes via Chagres and Panama, Cape Horn, &c.
Note This is the thin paper copy with smaller ornamental border and no publisher credit. Wheat believes it was folded into some copies of Farnham's "Life, Adventures, and Travels in California;" our copies of that book have the Haven map pasted in one (see our #3963) and this map pasted in the other (see our #5001). This copy shows signs of being folded. It was probably sold with the book and separately. The text is the same as the broadside issue but the title is in different type. Scarce.
Bidwell, John, 1819-1900, La …
Map of the Valley of the Sac …
1848
Case Map
Authors Bidwell, John, 1819-1900, Larkin, Thomas Oliver, 1802-1858
Full Title Map of the Valley of the Sacramento including the Gold Region. This map is a correct tracing of the map of Bidwell, Land Surveyor, by Thos. O. Larkin Esq: late Consul of the U.S. for California, and by him stated to be the best reference in California. Entered according to act of Congress in the year 1848 by J.H. Bufford & Co. in the Clerks office for the District Court of Massachusetts. Table of Distances (distances by sea to California and points in between)
Note Escala de 15 Leguas Spanish (linear scale). Lithograph, 21 3/8"x 17 1/4", full color. Scale about ---. Folded in cloth case, 5"x 3 1/4", blind stamped, "Gold Region" in gilt on front cover, on verso of front cover, printed paper label, in gilt, reading, "A Correct Survey of the Gold Region California." The map shows Ranchos in the Central Valley and along the American river has "Gold Region" on both sides. Signature in ink on verso front cover, "Stickney & Thaxter". Contained in red leather drop case, gilt trim, title in gilt on spine. Original in Warren Heckrotte Collection, which is the source of description and notes.
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