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Lot 100

“Appears to be the first Colton map showing the gold fields”—TWS

100. [MAP]. COLTON, John Hutchins. Pocket map with text:

Text: [COLTON, John Hutchins]. Particulars of Routes, Distances, Fares &c., to Accompany Colton’s Map of California and the Gold Region. Collected from Official Documents. 11 [1 blank] pp., 1 folding map. 12mo, original plain wrappers. Light to moderate staining and mild foxing, otherwise fine. Preserved in a half maroon morocco and red cloth slipcase, chemise.

Map: Map of the United States the British Provinces Mexico &c. Showing the Routes of the U.S. Mail Steam Packets to California, and a Plan of the Gold Region. Published by J. H. Colton, 86 Cedar St. New York. 1849. Drawn & Engraved by J. M. Atwood, New York. Entered According to Act of Congress in the Year 1849, by J. H. Colton, in the Clerk’s Office of the District Court of the Southern District of New York. Lithographed map within ornate grapevine border, original outline coloring (boundaries in pink, routes in blue, gold regions in yellow), folded into covers. Image area: 46.5 x 63 cm (18-1/4 x 24-3/4 inches). Two insets at left: (1) Map of the Gold Region. California. (2) California and Pyramid Lake, Upper California. Discovered by Capt. Fremont 1844.... Inset at right: From New York to San Francisco via Cape Horn. Table of distances below, ships at sea. Mild foxing and staining, some mild wrinkling, minor splits at some holds with very small losses, a few skillful reinforcements on verso.

Cover: Colton’s Map of the United States, Mexico &c. Showing the Gold Region in California. 12mo (height: 13.4 x 5-1/8 cm), original blindstamped dark brown cloth with pale green lithographed paper label on upper cover. Except for minor rubbing and very light staining to the label, very fine.

     First edition. Braislin 446: “Extremely rare.” Graff 835. Holliday 220. Howell, California 50:44. Littell 203: “Extremely rare.” Plains & Rockies IV:164a (new entry). Streeter Sale 2534: “`This map is the same as the map in Fayette Robinson’s California and its Gold Regions, New York, 1849, but here it is on thin paper and in the Robinson book it is on thick paper. Emigrant routes from Independence to Walla Walla, to San Francisco via Bent’s Fort, to San Diego via Bent’s Fort and Santa Fe, and to San Diego from the Texas coast via Mexico, are shown by blue lines. This appears to be the first Colton map showing the gold fields.’—TWS. The map is preceded by eleven pages of text with the caption title: `Particulars of Routes, Distances, Fares, &c., to accompany Colton’s Map of California and the Gold Region. Collected from Official Documents.” Wheat, Mapping the Transmississippi West 591. Wheat, Maps of the California Gold Region 70. This map was used in works by Robinson, Foster, Frémont, and Emory.

Kurutz, The California Gold Rush 149:

The text accompanying Colton’s map includes interesting explanatory information on the routes and long quotations from President Polk and Walter Colton on the prospects in California.


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