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Auction 116, Lot 230

"Positions of the Upper and Lower Gold Mines on the South Fork of the American River, California. July 20th, 1848", U.S. Government

Subject: California

Period: 1848 (dated)

Publication: Col. Richard b. Mason's Report (HR Doc, No. 1, 30th Congress, Second Session)

Color: Black & White

18.25 x 9.5 inches
46.4 x 24.1 cm
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Probably one of the earliest printed maps to actually name and locate the gold discoveries in California, and one of the best first-hand accounts of the Gold Rush. It covers the country along the American River from its junction with the Sacramento River to just above Weber’s Creek. It shows Sutter’s Fort and numerous other diggings. Lt. William T. Sherman, of later Civil War fame, drew the map when he was adjutant to U.S. Military Gov. Mason.

References: Wheat (Gold) #51.

Condition: B

Light scattered foxing. Issued folded.

Estimate: $250 - $300

Sold for: $275

Closed on 9/20/2006