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Auction 181, Lot 196

Includes Fremont's Smaller Map of the West

"[6 Maps and Report] California and New Mexico. Message from the President of the United States...", U.S. Government

Subject: Southwestern United States

Period: 1850 (published)

Publication: H.R. Ex. Doc. 17, 31st Congress, 1st Session

Color: Black & White

6 x 9 inches
15.2 x 22.9 cm

This fascinating congressional report concerns California and Mexico following the treaty of Guadeloupe Hidalgo. The report contains six (of seven) maps and sketches including two important maps relating to the California Gold Rush:

1) Map of Oregon and Upper California from the Surveys of John Charles Fremont... (16.8 x 19.5"). This is the smaller version of Fremont's highly respected map of the West. The map covers a smaller area than his larger map of the same title, eliminating Oregon, and covering only the western parts of present-day Arizona and Utah. El Dorado or Gold Regions are shown on the south fork of the American River and the upper course of the Feather River. The map includes a notation identifying the location of Mormon settlements for the first time, and shows Fremont's famous topographical error, an east-west mountain range across the unexplored area of the Great Basin.

2) Sketch of General Riley's Route Through the Mining Districts July and Aug. 1849 (19.2 x 20.6"). This important map was made from the original sketch by Lt. Derby 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.

3) Map of Fort Hill Monterey California (9.1 x 12.9") is full of topographical information. It locates the fortified Monterey Redoubt, the Old Mexican Fort, and the claims of Doyle, Shubrick, Bailey, Spence and Little. Military themed engraving in title. Lithographed Ackerman, New York.

4) Untitled sketch of the entrance to San Francisco Bay (12.8 x 9.4") shows the Presidio near Punta del Castillo. Yerba Buena and Sausalito are located.

5) Untitled map of Lower California (11.8 x 12.8") shows the cities of Mazatlan and Cabo San Lucas, and the Bay of La Paz.

6) Plan No.2 Sketch of Port Escondido Lower California (12.2 x 8.7") shows anchorages and the roads to Dolores and Loreto.

Missing only the small Plan of the Route of the Expedition of Major Beall. 976 pages. Octavo, rebound in faux leather with tips over cloth boards.

References: Howes #C-53; Wagner Camp #179b-1.

Condition: A

The folding maps are generally clean and bright with occasional faint toning and minor offsetting. The Sketch of General Riley's Route has a short edge tear at left that has been closed on verso with archival tape. Report text is very good with some occasional light toning. Modern binding is pristine.

Estimate: $700 - $850

Sold for: $700

Closed on 2/10/2021