Catalog Archive
Auction 123, Lot 243

"Pacific Coast Guide and Programme of the Knights Templar Triennial Conclave at San Francisco", Bancroft, A.L. & Company

Subject: San Francisco, California

Period: 1883 (published)


Color: Black & White

4.8 x 6.8 inches
12.2 x 17.3 cm

Very uncommon guide to the city filled with engraved portraits, fancy advertisements and an attractive, foldout map; Bancroft's Official Guide Map of the City and County of San Francisco, Compiled from Official Maps in Surveyors Office. bound in at front. The map uses orange overprinting to show the route of the procession of the Grand Knights Templar through the Market District, passing City Hall, then up and down Van Ness, eventually reaching Union Square before looping back to Market Street. An inset; "Skeleton Map Showing the Relative Position of San Francisco to the Surrounding Country" is at lower right. Map measures 20 x 15.3". The booklet is softbound in original decorative paper covers with title in black print with gold gilt highlights. Cover bears the inscription "Compliments of the Triennial Committee" and a previous owner's signature. Compiled and published by Ira G. Hoitt, this copy is inscribed above the title page "Compliments of Ira G. Hoitt." Hoitt served in several elected positions in California, usually associated with education, culminating with a term in the General Assembly of California. Bookplate of F.W. Putnam, M.D. on inside cover. 230 pp, complete.


Condition: A

Map has a few, small intersectional fold separations, and some faint toning. On verso is a stamp identifying the publishers. Another stamp from the Masonic Library #352, Homer, NY is on the sheet attached to the map. The front cover is separated from spine. Covers have soiling and shelf wear with minor loss at one corner and on spine. Signatures tight and sound.

Estimate: $300 - $400


Closed on 2/20/2008