AUCTION 23

 
 

Visually Striking Map of San Francisco & Vicinity in 1912

 
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313. [MAP]. HUNT, A.R. The Metropolitan Area of Greater San Francisco. Based on the United States government census reports of 1910, the population of this area was 700,000. The ratio of increase during the past decade indicates a present population of 750,000. Copyright 1912. [four small inset maps along right margin] [1] Greater New York. [2] Greater Chicago. [3] Greater Los Angeles. [4] Greater San Francisco. [List of over twenty ship routes at left] Pac. Mail Trans. Pac... [key to seven rail lines at lower left] Ocean Shore RR... [above lower neat line at left] A.R. Hunt. [San Francisco], 1912. Photomechanical map printed thin paper; border to border: 48 x 39.2 cm; overall sheet size: 55.5 x 43.2 cm. Creased where folded, a few minor holes to left blank margin, and a few light stains and spots. else fine. OCLC locates one copy (UC Santa Barbara).

     First edition. A crisp and clean, visually striking, black-and-white map showing the area from San Anselmo and Mount Tam to Stanford University, and east of Richmond-Berkeley to Newark-Dumbarton Union Bridge and the proposed route of the San Francisco, Oakland, and San Jose Railroad. Relief is shown by hachures and spot heights. As for the four insets, they are presented to suggest that Greater San Francisco is actually larger than New York, Chicago, or Los Angeles. In 1911 architect-engineer A.R. Hunt submitted his plan of a proposed Twin Peaks tunnel to the San Francisco Board of Directors of the Panama-Pacific International Exposition (Louis Levy, Chronological History of the Panama-Pacific International Exposition, p. 3). By 1922 he was vice president of Todd Dry Docks, Inc. in Seattle (Marine Review, 1922, p. 379 includes a photograph of Hunt).

     This is San Francisco boosterism at its best, and highly commendable in light of the fact only a few years had passed since the devastating 1906 earthquake.

($150-300)

Sold. Hammer: $275.00; Price Realized: $336.88.

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