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Auction 106, Lot 170

"Sketch of General Riley's Route Through the Mining Districts July and Aug. 1849", Derby, George Horatio (Lt)

Subject: California

Period: 1849 (dated)


Color: Black & White

19.5 x 20.5 inches
49.5 x 52.1 cm
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Important California Gold Rush map made from the original sketch by Lt. Derby in the office of the 10th Military Dept. It is historically important, not only for its depiction of Gen. Riley's route, but because it names, for the first time, certain actual mining camps in the middle Sierra foothills; Mormon Island (misspelled Mormont), Coloma (mislabeled Colluma), Curtis, Sullivan's, Corons, Jamestown, Woods and Sonora. The entire route of the Riley party is noted, with the dates of their visits to the various camps, and covers the region from Monterrey Bay, north to Sacramento and east to the gold diggings.

References: Wheat (Gold) #79; Wagner-Camp #179 b: I & 2.

Condition: B

Clean and bright with only a few faint spots. Trimmed into bottom left corner with paper replaced but no facsimile of missing neatline. Margin at binding side also added to accommodate framing. Backed with archival tissue.

Estimate: $450 - $500

Sold for: $275

Closed on 3/3/2004