Auction 122, Lot 262

"Map of Public Surveys in California to Accompany Report of Surveyor Gen'l.", U.S. State Surveys

Subject: California

Period: 1862 (dated)

Publication: HR Ex. Doc. No. 1, 37th Cong., 3d Sess.

Color: Hand Color

30.8 x 36.5 inches
78.2 x 92.7 cm

This large and detailed map delineates the progress of public surveys throughout the state. About one-third of the state remains unsurveyed. Large inset lists 430 "Private Grants finally surveyed" plus three Indian Reservations (Nome Lackee, Nome Cult and Smith River). The map is signed in the plate by E.F. Beale, then U.S. Surveyor General - California. Beale is more famously known for his wagon road survey from Fort Defiance, Arizona to California in 1857-58 where he used camels as pack animals. Beale continued to lobby for use of the animals as superior pack animals for the rest of his life.


Condition: B

Issued folding, now flattened and backed with tissue. Left margin extended to accommodate framing, with a small portion of neatline reinstated in facsimile in the lower left corner. Later wash color.

Estimate: $150 - $180

Sold for: $250

Closed on 12/5/2007