Auction 124, Lot 205

"Sketch of General Riley's Route Through the Mining Districts July and Aug. 1849", Derby, George Horatio (Lt)

Subject: California

Period: 1849 (dated)

Publication: Senate Doc. 47, 31st 1st Session

Color: Black & White

19.5 x 21.3 inches
49.5 x 54.1 cm

This important California Gold Rush map was made from the original sketch by Lt. Derby in the office of the 10th Military Dept. It is historically important, not only for its depiction of Gen. Riley's route, but because it names, for the first time, certain actual mining camps in the middle Sierra foothills; Mormon Island (misspelled Mormont), Coloma (mislabeled Colluma), Curtis, Sullivan's, Corons, Jamestown, Woods and Sonora. The entire route of the Riley party is noted, with the dates of their visits to the various camps, and covers the region from Monterrey Bay, north to Sacramento and east to the gold diggings.

References: Wheat (Gold) #79; Wagner & Camp #179 b: 1 & 2.

Condition: C+

Folding, as issued. Toned in a couple areas and weak at some folds. Two folds with splits, close trimmed at binding trim, as issued. It would be improved by professional backing of the map.

Estimate: $160 - $220

Sold for: $100

Closed on 5/7/2008