“First county atlas of Sonoma County”

“Very rare. Published for subscribers only.”

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587. [ATLAS]. [SONOMA COUNTY, CALIFORNIA]. THOMPSON, Tho[ma]s H[inckley] & Co. [Engraved pictorial title] Historical Atlas Map of Sonoma County, California. Compiled, Drawn and Published From Personal Examinations and actual Surveys By Thos. H. Thompson & Co. Oakland, Cala. 1877. Resolved, That having examined the proof-sheets of “Thompson’s Atlas Map” of Sonoma County, we find the same to be correct, and hereby adopt the same as the Official Map of the County, for township lines and road purposes. I hereby certify that the above is a correct map of an original order passed by the Board of Supervisors, May 9, 1877. Board of Supervisors... [pictorial title with open atlas, maps, globe, and surveying instruments, below image] N. Friend, Entr. | Smith, del. Thos. Hunter Pr. Phila. N. Friend, Engr. Smith, Del. Oakland: Thomas H. Thompson & Co. [Philadelphia: Thomas Hunter, Printer], 1877. [1-2] 3-20, 20-1/4-20-1/2, 21-104 pp. (plates and maps counted as part of pagination), numerous lithograph images and maps (maps all colored by hand, some maps with views or architecture, one map folded); total count: 110 images (not counting title engraving): 10 full page, 50 with 2 images per sheet; 45 images with more than 2 images per page; 1 sheet with 5 portraits). Folio (45.5 x 39.5 cm), original blind-stamped brown cloth, title stamped in gilt on upper cover and in blind on lower cover, neatly rebacked with smooth brown calf (corners renewed with matching calf). Cloth rubbed, repaired tears to front free endpaper, one signature at front detached, mild to moderate scattered foxing (most noticeable to preliminary and final leaves; interior mostly fine with some edges of leaves a bit rough (not affecting images or maps proper). Overall a very good copy. Gift note dated in 1936 on front free endpaper.

     First edition. Anderson Sale 1528:101: “Very rare. Published for subscribers only. Fine lithograph views of old buildings and residences, many of which were erected in the early days and have long since disappeared.” Howell 33:83. Phillips, Atlases 1465. Rocq 14747. Rumsey 2205: “First county atlas of Sonoma County. Thompson published county atlases in Illinois in the early 1870s with Lewis Everts; he came to California in the mid 1870s and over the next two decades published six California county atlases: Alameda, Solano, Tulare, Santa Clara, Fresno, and Sonoma. Includes maps of Geyserville, Occidental, Cloverdale, Pine Flat, Sebastopol, Guerneville, Bodega Corners, Windsor, Fulton, Healdsburg, Sonoma City, Cypress Hill Cemetery (Petaluma), Petaluma City, and Santa Rosa.” Cowan lists an 1898 illustrated atlas of Sonoma County, and Thompson’s similar atlas of Tulare County, but not the present work. The illustrations include farms, ranches, residences, public buildings, and scenery. The maps are incredibly detailed, with each owner’s name along with the lot number and size.

     Spaniards, Russians, and other Europeans first claimed and settled Sonoma County from the late sixteenth to mid-nineteenth century, seeking timber, fur, and farmland. The influence of the Russians can occasionally be seen in the architecture illustrated in this work, such as the view of Fort Ross. The city of Sonoma was the site of the 1846 Bear Flag Revolt, and an account of that pivotal event is included in the historical introduction. By the time of this atlas the focus of the region was agriculture, ranching, and a busy trade center. Like many other view books of California counties of the time, the architecture is decidedly Victorian and everything is bucolic perfection.


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