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Lot 83

Early German Emigrant Promotional for California
2 Folding Gold Maps

83. HOPPE, Janus & Adolph Erman. Californiens Gegenwart und Zukunft von J. Hoppe. Nebst Beiträgen von A. Erman ueber die Klimatologie von Californien und ueber die Geographische Verbreitung des Goldes. Hierzu Zwei Karten: 1) Californien von J. Hoppe. 2) Die bis 1849 Bekannt Gewordenen Golddistrikte von A. Erman. Berlin: Verlag von G. Reimer, 1849. viii, 151 [1, errata], 2 folding lithographed maps: (1) Karte von Californien. [below neat line] Verlag von G. Reimer in Berlin. Lith. anst. H. Delius in Berlin. (36.5 x 22 cm; 14 1/4 x 8 5/8 inches); (2) Hauptzüge der geographischen Verbreitung des Goldes die bis z. Jahre 1849 bekannt sind. [below neat line] Gez. v. A. Erman. Lith. Anst v. H. Delius (26 x 46.7 cm; 10 1/8 x 18 1/4 inches). 8vo, original beige printed wrappers, cover title within ornamental border, publisher’s advertisement on rear wrapper. Wrappers lightly chipped and with a few dark stains, upper wrap neatly reattached, small neat repair to rear wrap, text with scattered foxing, otherwise fine, untrimmed, and largely unopened, the two maps excellent. Preserved in a dark blue cloth clamshell case with gilt-lettered navy blue spine label.

     First edition. Cowan II, p. 291. Hill I, p. 450. Hill II:826: “The maps are of substantial importance.” Holliday 528. Howell, California 50:117. Howes H639. Norris 1668. Rocq 16932. Sabin 32991. Streeter Sale 2573. Wheat, Books of the California Gold Rush 104: “One of the more important of the many early German publications on the gold discoveries.” Wheat, Maps of the California Gold Region #96 & p. 52. The first map shows California, and the second locates the gold regions of the world.

Kurutz, The California Gold Rush 341a:

Like many such publications, the author drew heavily upon previous works, including Duflot de Mofras, Frémont, Robinson, and Forbes. This introduction to California consisted mainly of a geographical and historical discussion together with a climatography by Professor Erman. Erman also wrote on the discovery and importance of gold, based on information gathered during an 1849 visit to San Francisco while circumnavigating the globe. Hoppe believed that the primary interest in California was for the European colonization of the West Coast of North America.


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