Catalog Archive
Auction 182, Lot 245

First Edition

"Historic Roads to Romance California's Southern Empire",

Subject: Southern California

Period: 1946 (dated)


Color: Printed Color

32.9 x 22 inches
83.6 x 55.9 cm

This is the first edition map from this popular series that ran from 1946-63 promoting tourism in Southern California. The colorful bird's-eye view is drawn in the style of Jo Mora, and covers the counties of San Bernardino, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Diego, and Imperial. It shows missions, places of interest, historically significant events in the region, and important routes including the Butterfield and Anza trails . Features an attractive border with various vignettes. On the verso is a highway map of the region entitled "Road Map to the Roads to Romance" and illustrations of local attractions. The map was drawn by Claude G. Putnam and self-folds into a 4 x 9" brochure.

References: Rumsey #8142.

Condition: B+

A colorful example with a small light dampstain at top left and a few tiny holes along the left vertical fold only visible when held to light.

Estimate: $275 - $350

Sold for: $200

Closed on 4/28/2021