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Lot 103

“One of the best of the maps of California to this time”—Streeter

103. [MAP]. JACKSON, William A. Pocket map with text:

Text: JACKSON, William A. Appendix to Jackson’s Map of the Mining Districts of California. Bringing down All the Discoveries since 1849, to the Present Time, of the Placers and All Descriptions of Vein Mines, to Which So Much Attention is at This Time Directed. Also, the New Towns Built and Located, with the Boundaries of the Counties, and the Seats of Justice in Each. Second edition, Revised and Enlarged. New-York: Lambert & Lane, 69 Wall Street, 1851. 16 pp., folding map. 12mo. Text with scattered light foxing and some staining to a few leaves, upper corners of text slightly dog-eared.

Map: Map of the Mining District of California by Wm. A. Jackson.Published by Lambert & Lane 69 Wall St. New York. [Below neat line]: Entered according to Act of Congress in the year 1851 by Lambert & Lane in the Clerk’s Office in the District Court of the Southern District of New York. Lithograph map within ornamental border, original full color, folding into cover. Neat line to neat line: 59.3 x 49.3 cm (23-1/4 x 19-3/8 inches). Map with scattered light foxing and staining (one larger stain at map title), a few small splits at folds, overall a very fine, crisp example, with fresh color. Preserved in a half dark brown morocco and brown cloth slipcase with chemise.

Cover: Jackson’s Map of the Mining Districts of California. 12mo (height: 15.1 cm; 5-7/8 inches), original embossed dark brown cloth folder with gilt lettering on upper cover. Light shelf wear to covers with small losses skillfully colored.

     Second edition, revised and enlarged from the 1850 first edition (see California 49: Forty-Nine Maps of California from the Sixteenth Century to the Present 31). Graff 2178. Howell, California 50:549. Norris 2386. Rocq 15877. Streeter Sale 2665: “In this second edition the text has been considerably rewritten and also enlarged. Several new towns are described, especially Vallejo, which the legislature had recently made the state capital in place of San Jose. There are new sections on quartz mines, silver and lead mines, and agriculture. This map shows all the counties from Monterey and Mariposa to the northern boundary, all clearly set off from each other by the color scheme and making this a very handy map to consult. It is one of the best of the maps of California to this time—TWS.” Wheat, Maps of the California Gold Region 196. One of the additions to the guide in this second edition is Jackson’s sobering caution: “We could advise any one who is doing well at home, not to venture to California” (p. 15).

Kurutz, The California Gold Rush 358b:

Jackson produced this appendix to the map “to give a short description of the towns and their locations, also a general account of the Mines— their importance—the mode of working pursued....” According to Thomas Norris, only two copies of the map have been found. Howell noted: “The map indicates the rapid growth of roads and trails, and of bars and diggings, some of the latter being named for the first time.” In the second and revised edition, the text has been considerably rewritten and enlarged. New cities are added, such as Vallejo, Marysville, Martinez, Santa Cruz, Agua Fria, and Mariposa City. Jackson added new sections on the placers or alluvial mines; veins of gold-bearing quartz; silver and lead mines; cinnabar mines; and agriculture. Jackson concluded with the warning that California is not for everyone.


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