Auction 124, Lot 173

"[Lot of 3] Reconnaissance of the Western Coast of the United States from Monterey to the Columbia River in Three Sheets", U.S. Coast Survey

Subject: United States - West Coast

Period: 1851 (dated)


Color: Black & White

17.5 x 19.6 inches
44.5 x 49.8 cm

This detailed set of maps describes the coastline from Monterey, California to the Columbia River. All three charts were drawn by W.B. McMurtrie and engraved by A. Rolle, F. Dankworth, O.A. Lawson, G. McCoy & W. Smith. The charts contain the eagle seal of the Coast Survey, general and specific sailing directions and fathom soundings in the bays.

Sheet No. 1 illustrates the California coast from Pt. Pinos at the southern tip of Monterey Bay to Cape Mendocino, including San Francisco and Drake's Bay. This chart has three engraved headlands views; Pt. Pinos, Cape Mendocino and Entrance to San Francisco Bay. Sheet No. 2 shows the California and Oregon coast from Cape Mendocino in the south to the mouth of the Umpquah River in the north. Major points included are Humboldt and Trinidad Bay in California, and Klamath River, Pelican Bay and Rogue River in Oregon. The two headlands views are Trinidad Head and Cape Mendocino. Sheet No. 3 depicts the northern Oregon coast from Cape Arago, mouth of the Kowes River, Umpqua River, up to the mouth of the Columbia River/Cape Hancock or Disappointment. The capes of Perpetua, Foulweather, Lookout and Killamook are located along the way.


Condition: B

All three sheets with folds as issued and light scattered foxing. The maps have their left binding sides extended with tissue to facilitate framing. Sheet 3 with a repaired tear extending into the map about 7.5" from the left side with a fold separation on the right. Sheet 2 with folds reinforced on the verso with some minor intersectional fold loss. The margins have some fold separations and a short tear.

Estimate: $110 - $180

Sold for: $55

Closed on 5/7/2008