Auction 103, Lot 145

"Reconnaissance of the Western Coast of the United States from San Francisco to San Diego", U.S. Coast Survey

Subject: United States - Pacific Coast

Period: 1852 (dated)


Color: Black & White

22.6 x 22 inches
57.4 x 55.9 cm

Terrific chart delineating the coast from the first official scientific reconnaissance of the Pacific coast. Covers the region from the Mexican boundary to Point Reyes. Outlines the coastal littoral, shows dangerous reefs and shoals, gives offshore bathymetric soundings, plus general and specific harbor sailing instructions. The most impressive feature are the 17 views of entrances and promontories along this rugged coastline, among them Santa Barbara, Catalina Harbor, and the entrance to San Francisco Bay. One of the finest of the Coast Survey charts in beautiful condition.

References: Schwartz & Ehrenberg, plt. #174.

Condition: A

Issued folding, now professionally cleaned, backed with archival tissue and pressed. Trace of toning remains along some folds.

Estimate: $250 - $350

Sold for: $200

Closed on 6/11/2003