Auction 126, Lot 254

"[Collection of 68 - California Road Maps]", Automobile Club of Southern California

Subject: California

Period: 1912-15 (dated)


Color: Black & White

See Description

This remarkable lot consists of nine folding road maps and 59 very early single-card road maps (3.8 x 10.5") all produced by the Automobile Club of Southern California, 1344 So. Figueroa St., Los Angles. The single-card maps are the precursors to the AAA "Trip Tik" travel maps. Later editions (1920's) of these have a list of "Official" hotels and garages along the route printed on their verso, but these earlier cards have blank versos. Each is individually numbered and referred to by number in the Index of Maps, which is present. The card maps here include the numbers: 4, 5, 6, 10-12, 14-16, 19, 21, 23, 25-29, 31-34, 37, 39-42, 46, 47, 51, 53, 55, 56-58, 60-65, 67-69, 87, and 90-102.

The folding road maps are roughly 16" x 15" and include the following: Automobile Road Map Touring San Diego County; Principle Automobile Routes in and Out of San Diego City; Automobile Roues in and Out of Redlands (a little spotting on one fold); Map of the Famous 101 Mile Drive on the Rim of the World showing resorts, lakes, and fishing streams in the San Bernardino Mountains; Map Showing Automobile Roads from Los Angeles to the Beaches in Los Angeles and Orange Counties; Automobile Road Map Touring Santa Barbara and Vicinity; Automobile Road Map of the State of California Showing Main Highways and Railroads (28" x 9"); Principal Automobile Routes in and out of San Francisco; and Principal Automobile Routes in and out of Los Angeles.

All fit into the original club expandable folder (11.3 x 5") with "Published by the Automboile Club of Southern California" on the front and a map "Automobile Boulevards from Los Angeles to Venice and Santa Monica" slipped into a windowed pocket on the back. The Index of Maps is organized by region. A truly unique collection of early California road maps complete with original folder and Index.


Condition: A+

Most are fine. Cover is fine with original ties, but the map pasted on the back has some scattered foxing.

Estimate: $300 - $400

Sold for: $350

Closed on 12/3/2008