Catalog Archive
Auction 157, Lot 259

"Geographical Map of the State of California Compiled from Actual Surveys [with] Resources of California",

Subject: California

Period: 1893 (dated)


Color: Black & White

26.9 x 31.6 inches
68.3 x 80.3 cm

This uncommon and highly detailed map of the entire state shows towns, counties, township surveys, mining information, roads and railroads. Balancing this wealth of information is a series of vignettes occupying the top third of the sheet featuring orchards, vineyards, and a lovely waterfall - all meant to convey the vast natural resources and agricultural opportunities in California. The map, now laid loose, was included in "Resources of California" (5.8 x 9.0"), a publication issued by the state of California. The 119 pages of text includes a description of each of the counties, climate, agriculture, viniculture, and mining to name a few. Interspersed within the text are numerous full-page illustrations. Published by A.J. Johnston, Superintendent of State Printing in Sacramento.


Condition: A

The map, issued folding, is clean and bright with a few tiny fold separations closed on verso with archival tape. The side margins are narrow, but adequate for framing. Text is clean and tight with pleasant light toning. Minor soiling and tiny edge chips to paper wrappers. Archival tape has been added to the spine and front hinge.

Estimate: $350 - $425

Sold for: $250

Closed on 5/4/2016