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AUCTION 22

 

How to Get to the California Gold Fields


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282.     [MAP]. COLTON, J[oseph] H[utchins]. 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. Printed at Ackerman’s Rooms, 120 Fulton St. N.Y. [2 insets at left] [1] Map of the Gold Region. California. [2] Pyramid Lake, Upper California. Discovered by Capt. Fremont 1844, 35 miles long, 4890 feet above the sea. The Pyramid of Rock in the Lake rises 600 ft. above its surface. [inset at right, untitled map of South America showing the route around Cape Horn] From New York to San Francisco via Cape Horn 17,000 miles by Panama 5,000 m. [below] Table of distances; ships at sea. New York: J.H. Colton, 1849. Lithograph map within ornate grapevine border, original outline coloring (boundaries in pink, routes in blue, gold regions in yellow), neat line to neat line: 39.2 x 50.5 cm; border to border: 46.5 x 60.2 cm. Creased where formerly folded, else fine. Eleven-page text and pocket covers not present. Matted and framed, under Plexiglas.

     This is the first Colton map to show the California Gold Regions. The map also appeared in Fayette Robinson’s California and its Gold Regions, New York, 1849. Braislin 446: “Extremely rare.” Byrd 19. Graff 835. Holliday Sale 220. Howell 50, California 44. Kurutz, The California Gold Rush 149. Littell Sale 203: “Extremely rare.” Phillips, America, p. 900. Plains & Rockies IV:164a (new entry). Rumsey 170.001. 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.” Turner 80. Wheat, Mapping the Transmississippi West #591. Wheat, Maps of the California Gold Region #70.

($1,500-3,000)

Sold. Hammer: $1,500.00; Price Realized: $1,800.00

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