Auction 148, Lot 236

"The Sacramento Valley from the American River to Butte Creek…", Derby, George Horatio (Lt)

Subject: California, Gold Mining

Period: 1849 (dated)

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

Color: Black & White

17.5 x 22.5 inches
44.5 x 57.2 cm

George Horatio Derby, better known as a brilliant humorist, was a trained topographer and produced several maps of major importance.

A map of major importance to the California Gold Rush. On a scale of 4-1/2 miles to the inch, it provides a detailed view of the region with numerous small towns, ranches, Diggings (including Mormon and Dry), trails and roads. Interesting notations concern grazing, road conditions and soil fertility. This early look at the Gold Regions locates Sacramento City just south of the American River (as a simple grid pattern), Vernon, Fremont, Sutter and Green Spring.

References: Wheat (Gold) #149.

Condition: B+

Issued folding with a few very light stains along the folds and a binding trim at left.

Estimate: $200 - $250

Sold for: $220

Closed on 2/19/2014