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Auction 13: A Few Good Maps & Manuscripts

Lot 17

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17. [MAP & GUIDE]. GOODWIN, F. A Brief Description of California, from the Time of its First Occupation by the United States and Subsequent Growth. Its Mountains, Valleys, Rivers, Lakes, Bays, Vegetable Products, Salmon Fishing, Minerals, Climate, Soil, Mining, Inhabitants, Towns, Commerce, &c. Accompanied with a Map of California and Adjacent Country. New York: Printed by George E. Leefe, 225 Fulton Street, 1855. Pocket map & guide, folded into original 16mo dark brown blind-stamped cloth covers, upper cover stamped in gilt: Map of California and Adjacent Country by F. Goodwin. 8 pp. (text), folding lithographed map on onion-skin paper, outlined in original bright colors, seas shaded blue, Gold Regions colored yellow: Map of California and the Adjacent Country Compiled by F. Goodwin from the Best Authors and Actual Observation. Entered According to Act of Congress in the Year 1855 by F. Goodwin in the Clerk’s Office of the District Court of the Northern District of New York. Lith. of Geo. E. Leefe, 225 Fulton St. N.Y., 74.5 x 52 cm (29-1/8 x 20-1/2 inches); exuberant ornate lettering in title, key with symbols locating Capitol of State, cities, villages, towns, forts, roads, and Sutter’s Saw Mill at Coloma; vignettes of bear, deer, Native Americans, ships; large scale (about 32 miles to the inch). Text with minor foxing, light waterstaining, and age-toning. Map lightly foxed at upper right corner and along some folds, otherwise superb, with intense coloring and pocket covers bright. Very fine copy, with contemporary ownership lightly stenciled in ink on front pastedown (name indecipherable, but Clifton Springs).

     First edition. Cowan II, p. 243 (states "not seen" and collates 11 pp., printer’s name given as Teefe). Eberstadt 158 (California Delineated) 137: “One of the rarest of gold-rush books.” Howell 50, California 496 (Thomas W. Streeter’s copy): “The text of this small pamphlet is probably more important than the map since it provides a comprehensive description of the new state of California from its geography and climate to its population and history. Although not particularly distinguished, this map is quite rare and historically interesting. Cowan never saw a copy.” Streeter Sale 2785 (illustrated at p. 1961 in Vol. 5). Wheat, Maps of the California Gold Region 281: “Rare.” The last copy of this map offered at auction was the Streeter copy in 1968. A large portion of Nevada is included in Utah Territory, which is California’s eastern border. Superb exhibit potential. Gold Rush maps of this vintage and condition are not at all easy to acquire.      ($8,000-16,000)


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