Auction 110, Lot 152

"No. 9 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

22.5 x 21.6 inches
57.2 x 54.9 cm

Terrific chart 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 is 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 most desirable Coast Survey charts in beautiful condition.

References: Heckrotte & Sweetkind #33; Schwartz & Ehrenberg, plt. #174.

Condition: A

A very clean and bright example. Folding, as issued. One short split, repaired with archival tape, just into map, else fine.

Estimate: $200 - $250

Sold for: $400

Closed on 3/2/2005