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Uncommon, Large & Handsome 1892 Pocket Map of California

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264.     [MAP]. AMERINE, [C.H.] & [F.E.] Willson. Amerine & Willson’s Indexed Township & County Map of California Compiled and Published by Amerine and Willson, Map Publishers and Mounters 815 Montgomery St. San Francisco Cal 1892. Copyrighted by Amerine & Willson 1892. [below neat line at lower right] Photo. Lith. Britton & Rey, S.F. [top right in map proper, five columns of text] Index of Towns and Post Offices Population According to Latest Census [key slightly right of center, with symbols] Explanation Capital… County Seats… Towns & P.O…. Railroads… R.R. under Const.… Proposed R.R…. Wagon Roads… Trails… Indian Res…. [lower right] Counties [inset portions of map at right center] Eastern Part of San Bernadino & San Diego Counties. San Francisco, 1892. Lithograph map on thin, strong paper, each county in full color (pastel shades of blue, green, yellow, and pink); neat line to neat line: 86.7 x 66.4 cm, folded into original stiff beige paper pocket folder (16.3 x 10.1 cm), title on upper cover: Amerine & Willson’s New Township, County and Indexed Pocket Map of the State of California Showing the entire Railroad System and Accurately Locating All Cities, Towns, Post Offices, Railroad Stations, Villages, Counties, Islands, Lakes, Rivers, etc. Population is Given according to the Latest Official Census… [inside upper pocket folder] Explanation, Towns on Railroads marked thus… [lower cover] Amerine & Willson’s Series of Indexed Maps of Pacific Coast Sent by mail post paid on receipt of following prices…. Contemporary purple rubber ink stamp of C.H. Beach, Bookseller & Stationer, 107 Mt’g St. S.F. (repeated once in margin on verso of map). Pocket folder slightly worn and with a few minor spots, overall, very fine. The map is superb, leaving nothing to be desired. OCLC locates copies at Yale and Bancroft. We trace no sales records of this map.

     First edition of an uncommon California pocket map. Not in Phillips(America), Rumsey, or other standard sources. Publishers’ ad on the lower pocket cover indicates there were two versions of this map offered, this one at $2.50, and a wall map version for $6.50 and measuring approximately 162.5 x 121.5 cm. In this highly detailed map, relief is shown by hachure and spot heights; located are drainage areas, wagon roads, railroads, Native American reservations, etc.

     Amerine concentrated on western maps, some with an emphasis on mining, such as Map of Washington With Adjacent Parts of British Columbia, Montana and Idaho (1888 pocket map published at Spokane Falls; see Streeter Sale 3338 where that map fetched $80 in 1969). He also created some maps for Rand, McNally. Amerine’s publishing partner, F.E. Willson published an Indexed Guide Map of San Francisco and the California Midwinter International Exposition (1894).


Sold. Hammer: $1,300.00; Price Realized: $1,560.00

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