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Auction 188, Lot 188


"Size of California, as Compared with the New England States, New York, New Jersey, Delaware and Ohio",

Subject: California

Period: 1888 (dated)


Color: Printed Color

9.2 x 12.4 inches
23.4 x 31.5 cm
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This unusual map was created by E. Johnstone for the Southern Pacific Company and demonstrates both the state's size and its potential. The map nearly fits 10 eastern states within its boundaries, and a note along the right border clarifies that the state is actually 470 square miles larger than that 10 state group. The table at top right shows California's low population relative to land size, demonstrating that the state was primed for growth (that indeed took place in the 20th century). Self-folding into pictorial wrappers (4.3 x 9.6").

For an alternative approach to show the size of states relative to California, see the inset map in lot 190.


Condition: B

Issued folding with a few small holes along the fold lines and several fold separations that have been partially closed on verso with archival tape.

Estimate: $100 - $130

Sold for: $275

Closed on 6/22/2022