"Reconnaissance of the Western Coast of the United States from San Francisco to San Diego", U.S. Coast Survey
Period: 1853 (dated)
Color: Black & White
23 x 23 inches
58.4 x 58.4 cm
This unusual chart delineates the coast from the Mexican boundary to Point Reyes, with a narrow band of topographic details, even at this extremely small scale (1:1,200,000). There are general and specific harbor sailing instructions. The most impressive feature are the 17 views of entrances and promontories along this rugged coastline, among them Santa Barbara, Catalina Harbor, and the entrance to San Francisco Bay. Expertly backed with Japanese tissue to repair minor fold separations.