"California", Colton, Joseph Hutchins
Period: 1856 (dated)
Color: Hand Color
12.3 x 15.9 inches
31.2 x 40.4 cm
This uncommon and attractive pocket map of California shows the entire state with Utah and New Mexico territories on the eastern border. Two proposed railroad routes through the Central Valley are labeled "Explored Route for Atlantic & Pacific R.R." and a northern route through Fredonyers Pass, north of Pyramid Lake, is marked "Practicable Route for Atlantic & Pacific R.R." The only completed railroads service the Gold Regions and Sacramento. A huge inset titled "City of San Francisco" shows the planned land expansion into the bay with the streets already drawn in. Folds into brown cloth-covered board with gilt title on front cover.
Issued folding on thin, banknote-style paper with tape reinforcements on verso that faintly show-through in a few places. Minor staining in the left blank margin where the map was glued to original boards. The boards are beginning to separate.