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Auction 109, Lot 194

"Reconnaissance of the Tulares Valley made by order of Brev. Brig. Gen. Riley, Commanding 10th Mil. Dept.", Derby, George Horatio (Lt)

Subject: California

Period: 1850 (dated)

Publication: Senate Doc. 110, 32nd Cong. 1st Sess.

Color: Black & White

18.2 x 14.7 inches
46.2 x 37.3 cm

George Horatio Derby, better known as a brilliant humorist, was a trained topographer and produced several maps of major importance.

An interesting map of the area south of the San Joaquin River from the Pacific Ocean to the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains that was not published until 1852. A road to Los Angeles runs down the center of the map. There is also a road from Monterey to San Louis Obispo with several villages shown along the way. Derby's route is traced by dashed lines and several mountain passes are noted. Wheat calls this a map of major importance to the Gold Rush.

References: Wheat (Gold) #150

Condition: A+

Issued folding, now backed with archival tissue.

Estimate: $100 - $140

Sold for: $75

Closed on 12/1/2004