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With a Large Bird's-Eye View of Gold Rush-Era San Francisco

California/ San Francisco/ Gold Rush. VINCENT [Paris?, 1860]
Map Of The State Of California Compiled from the most recent surveys…. 14½ x 19½ inches
Folding lithographed map with delicate, period, wash color, in original cloth covers with gilt-lettered title-- "A New Map of the State of California 1860." Few fold reinforcements & light stains, very good.

   $4,500


One of the most attractive maps of California of the Gold Rush period. Very scarce--only five copies listed in OCLC/WorldCat. The unusually-formatted map shows California horizontally with east at the top. The well-detailed view, which looks eastward to the bay from an elevated point, reveals from the fine churches and estimable commercial and municipal buildings how quickly the city developed in the years after the Gold Rush. Several mining camps and towns are named in the gold region. The inset at lower right show the environs of San Francisco and includes the San Jose and the Benicia to Marysville rail lines. The map is oddly signed by a single name--Vincent; we haven't been able to determine who this is or even if it is first or surname.

Wheat, Gold Rush Maps 317; Wheat, 25 California Maps, no. 23; Streeter 2857; Rumsey 1124; Phillips, A Descriptive list of Maps of California and San Francisco up to 1865, p. 129 (unpublished manuscript) no 168; Phillips gives Paris as place of publication and references this: Annuaire almanach du commerce--- Bidot-Bottin 1863 p. 405.

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