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Auction 15: Fine Collection of Californiana Formed by Daniel G. Volkmann Jr.

Lots 134-136: San Francisco Cartography & Horn’s Overland Guide

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134. [MAP: OVERLAND ROUTE TO CALIFORNIA & OREGON]. HORN, Hosea B. Horn’s Overland Guide, from the U. S. Indian Sub-Agency, Council Bluffs, on the Missouri River, to the City of Sacramento, in California; Containing a Table of Distances...with a Complete and Accurate Map. New York: J. H. Colton [stereotyped by Wm. J. Baner], 1852. 84 [18, ads] pp. (text), folded lithographed map: Map to Illustrate Horn’s Overland Guide to California and Oregon. Published by J. H. Colton, No. 86 Cedar Street, New York. 1852. (33 x 51 cm; 13 x 20-1/8 inches; routes to Oregon and California hand-colored in red, ornate botanical border).

16mo, original gilt-stamped embossed olive cloth covers, edges sprinkled. Binding lightly faded, endpapers browned, map with two small splits at folds (no losses), otherwise a very fine copy. Preserved in a green cloth slipcase with black gilt-lettered label.

    First edition, second issue (with “Opinions of the Press” on p. 5, etc.; see Graff). Braislin 969: “Scarce. Containing a table of distances, showing all the known rivers, creeks, lakes, mountains, camping places, etc., on the Western trail. This is the first work which describes much of the route traversed. Horn travelled all the ‘cut-offs’ and kept a most minute account of the trail.” Cowan I, p. 114. Cowan II, p. 292. Graff 1952. Holliday 530. Howell 50, California 529. Howes H641: “Best hand-book for the central route available at the time.” Kurutz, The California Gold Rush 343a. Norris 1617. Plains & Rockies IV:214. Mintz, The Trail 238. Sabin 33021. Streeter Sale 3170: “This is one of the best of the guides, as it is one of the few where distances were closely measured.”

Wheat, Books of the California Gold Rush 105: “Important guide with detailed information on the trans-plains route. Used by many immigrant parties.” Wheat, Mapping the Transmississippi West 751: “There was a great revival of overland travel in 1852 when numerous gold-seekers, disappointed or otherwise, decided that there was no place quite like California after all, and set out–this time taking their families along. One natural result was the publication in 1852 of a number of emigrants’ guides by men who had traveled overland to California in 1850. The most successful–or at any rate the best known–was undoubtedly Hosea B. Horn’s Overland Guide.”

Wheat, Maps of the California Gold Region 221.

135. [MAP: SAN FRANCISCO]. [CALIFORNIA PICTORIAL LETTER SHEET]. Map of San-Francisco, California. | Lith. & Published by Quirot & Co. corner of California & Montgomery Sts. S-Francisco, [1853?]. Lithographed letter sheet. [neat line to neat line] 17.6 x 25.8 cm; 6-5/8 x 10-1/8 inches, on a single sheet of green wove paper measuring 21 x 27.3 cm; 8-5/16 x 10-3/4 inches. Contemporary blue ink stamp of Noisy Carrier’s Publishing Hall in lower right blank margin. Light marginal soiling, a few foxmarks, and upper blank margin neatly strengthened in a few sections. Preserved in dark green slipcase with chemise.
    This map, which came out as a pictorial letter sheet with a conjugate blank, is an early separately published street map of San Francisco. Baird 148 & plate (4 copies located): “Street map (of 1853?) with small drawings of various types of ships in bay, including downtown area of Larkin St. At upper left, nine letter identifications of public buildings: A. Custom House to...K. U.S. Hospital. Seven numbered identifications of churches; at lower left, scale in varas.” Clifford Sale (Letter Sheets) 94. Peters, California on Stone, p. 138. The lettered identifications locate Custom House, Post Office, Jenny Lind Theatre, American Theatre, Adelphi Theatre, French Consulate, Prison, Telegraph, City Hall, and U.S. Hospital.

136. [MAP: SAN FRANCISCO]. COOKE & LECOUNT (publishers). A Complete Map of San Francisco Compiled from the Original Map from the Latest Surveys. Containing all the Latest Extentions [sic] and Improvements, New Streets, Alleys, Places, Wharves, etc. 1852. Publd. by Cooke & Lecount, Statrs. Montgomery Street. San Francisco. [at right below title]: Explanation (i.e., the key showing public buildings, churches, theaters, newspaper offices, and symbols). Lithographed map with original outline hand coloring (pink and blue), ornate intertwining vine border, seal of California in title, compass rose, scale. 55 x 68.5 cm; 21-3/4 x 27 inches. Folded into original 16mo gilt-lettered embossed teal cloth cover.

Printed ticket of Noisy Carrier’s Publishing Hall on front pastedown. Cover slightly rubbed at corners, contemporary plain pastedown laid over original (probably by Noisy Carrier’s to hide original copy beneath), small splits to map at a few folds (no losses), verso with browning at folds, but overall a superb copy of a rare pocket map. Preserved in green half morocco clamshell case.
    First edition(?) of one of the earliest separately issued printed maps of San Francisco. This map is not to be confused with the Eddy map of this same year (see California 49: Forty-Nine Maps of California from the Sixteenth Century to the Present [Warren Heckrotte] 32). Here the proposed landfill area is still essentially as shown on the Eddy map. However, the present map shows more proposed streets to the northwest than does Eddy, who stops at Larkin Street.

The present map, which is a more elaborate production than earlier San Francisco maps, was published no later than November, 1852, when the firm dissolved (Peters, California on Stone, p. 102). Not in Phillips, Maps of America.

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