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Lot 104

104. [MAP]. JEFFERSON, T. H. Map of the Emigrant Road from Independence, Mo., to St. Francisco, California...with an Introduction and Notes by George R. Stewart. San Francisco [& Oakland: Lawton & Alfred Kennedy at Westgate Press for] California Historical Society, 1945. [2] xi [1, blank] 23 [3] pp., folding facsimile map in four sections (in rear pocket). 8vo, original red cloth, white label printed in blue on upper cover (reduced facsimile of label on original map case). Very fine.

     Limited edition (300 copies printed). Evans, The First Hundred Years: A Descriptive Bibliography of California Historical Society Publications, 1871-1971 #27: “Special Publication No. 20.... The maps are reproduced on all-rag, opaque manifold paper.” Holliday 571. Howell, California 50:1362. Norris 1858. George R. Stewart’s commentary on the map is excellent and adds greatly to our understanding and appreciation of Jefferson’s map.

     For a full description of the original map, which Wheat refers to as “a veritable tour de force in four sheets” (Wheat), see our catalogue of Volkmann Rarities (Auction 15, Item 132). Citations to the original map: Cohen, Mapping the West, pp. 154-157. Cowan II, p. 311. Doheny Sale 233. Howes J73. Miles & Reese, Creating America 36: “One of the rarest guide books to the Oregon and California Trails.” Plains & Rockies IV:168. Wheat, Mapping the Transmississippi West 624 & III, pp. 92-97. Wheat, Maps of the California Gold Region 101.

Kurutz, The California Gold Rush 359b:

T. H. Jefferson states he was "one of the party of emigrants who travelled the road with wagons in 1846." No doubt, he published this map and guide to appeal to gold seekers. He packed the "Accompaniment" with practical advice touching on such topics as party size, wagons, sleeping tents, types of animals, provisions, arms and ammunition, and various useful articles. He also listed goods in demand among Indians. He wrote: "Side saddles should be discarded -- women should wear hunting-frocks, loose pantaloons, men's hats and shoes, and ride the same as the men." Jefferson warned his readers: "The journey is not entirely a pleasure trip." Both Wheat and Morgan provided information on the history of Jefferson's map and guide.


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