Auction 129, Lot 246

"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 Congress 1st Session

Color: Black & White

Size:
19.5 x 21.3 inches
49.5 x 54.1 cm

This important and early map of the California Gold Rush was made from Lt. Derby's original sketch by J. Mc. H. Hollingsworth 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: A

Folding as issued with short binding trim tear just to border, closed on verso. On sound paper with a hint of toning on some folds and a couple light spots at lower right, still very good example and better than normally found.

Estimate: $400 - $500

Sold for: $400

Closed on 9/23/2009

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