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Map No. 2 from the Northern Boundary of California to the Columbia River, 1855 - A wonderful large engraved and original colored war department map made from explorations and surveys of Williamson and Abbot. This map covers the region from the Siskoyou Range and Klamath Lakes north to above the Columbia River. Finely engraved with topographical and watershed detail including fine hachure throughout the mountainous area. The Emigrant Road, unexplored regions, various routes of the surveying parties, the historical routes of Fremont and Warner, and the first settlements are identified. The Three Sisters, Mount Hood, Mt. Jefferson, Diamond Peak, John Mule Mountain and more are located. Condition: Very good, multiple horizontal folds but no discoloration, good margins but one small piece barely the size of a dime missing from the bottom middle near Klamath Lake.
size 23 x 27.5 image

1842 Rare Fremont Explorations: Muddy Fork Bear River to Bear Spring. An extremely fine and detailed lightly colored lithographed map by E. Weber & Co., Baltimore. From Fremont's report of his exploring expedition to the Rocky Mountains in 1842. While the Bear River begins and ends in Utah, half of its length was in Oregon Territory. This map details the trek from August 20-24 along the Bear River with notations on noon halts along the way and campsites.
Condition: Very good with almost no aging, coloring three folds horizontally with wide margins.
size: 17-1/2 x 9 in.

256ca: 1849 RARE hand colored lithograph showing Gold Mining in California titled, "Sketch of General Riley's Route Through the Mining Districts, July and August, 1849."
23 x 19 in. $750

1847 VERY RARE Hand colored Emory Expedition lithographed map showing, "Fort Leavenworth to Santa Fe." Map shows the Military Reconnaissance of the Arkansas, Rio Del Norte and Rio Gila, by W.H. Emory, Lieut. Top. Engineer under the command of Brig. Gen. Stephen W. Kearny. Drawn by Joseph Welch. Lithograph by C.B. Graham, Washington, D.C. Map includes Table of Geographical Positions. Map is in great condition.
60 x 32 in. $800

1853 RARE Hand colored General Map of Explorations and Surveys in California, made under the direction of Hon. Jefferson Davis, Secretary of War. This map is for the Explorations and Surveys for a Railroad Route from the Mississippi River to the Pacific Ocean for the War Department. Map is in
good condition.
74 x 27 in. $800

US Coast Survey Reconnaissance of the Western Coast of the United States from San Francisco to Umpquah River 1854, James Alden US Naval Asst. This antique coastal survey was made for the United States Coast Survey. The surveys provide depth readings and notes on important coastal characteristics of the area mapped. The names of harbors, rivers, islands, channels, shoals, capes, inlets, and coastal towns are identified on the map. These charts show areas that have likely undergone significant changes due to modifications and recessions of coastal lands, making them fascinating to anyone interested in local geography and history. Finely drawn, and hand colored this detailed map has twelve profile inserts including: Entrance to San Francisco Bay, Pt Reyes, Pt Arena, Mendocino City, Tinidad Head, View of Cape Mendocino, Red Bluff, Cresent City, Machs Arch and Reef, Rouge River, Cape Blanco, Cape Arago. Condition: Excellent 25 x 24, folded in the middle.

1889 Color map of California with inset of lower California in upper right side. In good condition.
26 x 19 in. $150

1860 Rare hand colored engraved County Map of California with insets of San Francisco Bay and Vicinity, and the Settlements of Great Salt Lake Country, Utah.
15-1/2 x 13 in. $180

002ca: 1924 Large Map of Southern California. From Monterey to Mexico border. Commercial lithographic map by Rand McNally. Lists and shows old railroads and shipping lines. Great detail on this large scale map. Principal cities listed in margin.
28x21 in. $80

1860 Hand colored copper engraved Preliminary Chart of Drake's Bay, California with a Sailing Directions Key in bottom left of map.
32 x 21 in. $220

Original NORMAN ROCKWELL Sun Maid Raisin Poster 1920 Colorful, Charming 1920s poster. Excellent condition except for mended tear on top border. Grandfather and two girls and a cat." The more Sun - MAID Raisins The Better The Pudding". Signed by Norman Rockwell in the plate. This is a very rare
 Norman Rockwell piece.
46 x 33in $800

1855 Color lithograph showing, "Los Angeles," being its first printed view. Featured in the U.S.P.R.B. Expedition & Surveys - Cal.
11-1/2 x 8 in. $250

005ca: 1871 Portrait of Bret Harte. This engraved portrait of author Bret Harte is from the Jan. 14, 1871 issue of "Every Saturday," a popular 19th century periodical. It is in excellent condition, and would look great in a frame! A genuine antique print produced in 1871, NOT a reproduction! 11" x 16" $30

007ca: 1888 San Francisco Public Buildings. Hand colored lithograph, six views on one page.
11-1/2x15-1/2 in. $60

010ca: 1871 San Francisco Chinatown. Two views, Celebration of New Year and Chinese Joss-House. 11x16 in. $50

012ca: 1877 "Correr El Gallo"- Sunday Sports in Southern California. This hand colored engraving shows cowboys engaging in games on the prairie. This genuine antique print is from the March, 1877 edition of Harper's Weekly.
11x16 in. $80

013ca: 1888 San Diego California. Black and white lithographic view of Point of Rocks. 16x12 in. $30

017ca: 2 1920's Movie Lobby Cards. Tinted by Paramount. Two scenes of very early silent films.
Both 14x11 in. $60

018ca: 1891 PRINT - CALIFORNIA FRUIT ORCHARDS. "Fruit Gathering in California." Two great hand colored engravings on one page. Shows farmers at harvest time in an orange orchard, and sun-drying peaches and apricots. From original London Illustrated, 1891.
16" x 11" $50

019ca: 1924 Northern California Map. Large scale, great detail. Railroads and shipping lines shown. Large inset of Bay Area.
 28x22 in. $80

022ca: 1873 Seal Rocks San Francisco. Hand colored engraving from Picturesque America. 12-1/2x9-1/2 in. $40

023ca: 1882 Colusa County California Interior. Cowboys shooting wild geese. Hand colored engraving, Leslie's
Newspaper  front page.
11x16 in. $80

1873 Hand colored steel engraving titled, "Mount Shasta" in Northern California from Picturesque America. Entered According to Act of Congress by D. Appleton & Co.in the Office of the Librarian of Congress, Washington.
Published in New York.
12-1/2 x 9 in. $50

026ca: 1876 Stockton California. Hand colored lithograph. Farm scene at harvest time in the great interior valley. 14x11 in. $60

1886 Cram color California map which shows railroad lines and
other good details.
21-1/2 x 13-1/2 in. $60

029ca: 1873 California. "Native Californians Lassoing a Bear." Hand colored steel engraving by FOC Darley. 12-1/2x9 in. $50

032ca: c.1880 California & Oregon Civil War Map. Published in color for Civil War Atlas by U.S. Government after the War. Scarce antique topographical map, shows forts, rivers, great detail. 29x18 in. $120

033ca: 1885 Print: Grasshoppers Invade California. This professionally hand watercolored engraving is from the July 4, 1885 issue of Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper. The print is titled "California--The Grasshopper Invasion--Descent of a Cloud of Insects on a Grain Farm in El Dorado County." At the top of the print there is an inset view showing grasshoppers stopping a train by covering the tracks. 11" x 16" A genuine antique print produced in 1885, NOT a reproduction!

036ca: 1907 Railroad Map of Northern California. Original color engraved antique map by Rand McNally. Lists and shows routes of over three dozen railroads of that era. Large inset of the San Francisco Bay Area. Excellent detail. 27x20 in. $80

102ca: 1901 Map: Southern California and Nevada. Beautiful map from the 1901 first edition of George Cram's folio-size world atlas. Color coded lines on the map show the names and locations of railroads throughout the region. State and county borders are outlined in yellow. Cities, towns and geographical features are all shown. This map would look great in a frame! 18x27 in. $100

104ca: 1873 View of Yosemite Falls. Hand colored, engraved view of the falls as seen from Yosemite Valley. Published in Picturesque America, an 1873 book about American scenery. 9x13 in. $40

105ca: 1877 California Sierra Nevada Scene. Large, hand colored engraving from Harper's Weekly, titled "A perilous Trip: Shooting a Flume in the Sierra Nevada." Two men are shown riding down the steep, water-filled flume, past rocks and trees. 16x22 in. $250

107ca: 1873 Scene in Oakland California. Hand colored engraving from Picturesque America, titled "The Oaks of Oakland." Shows a street scene in the city, with pedestrians and horse-drawn carriages passing by huge
live oak trees. 9x12 in. $50

108ca: 1876 Sonoma County California Views. This color lithograph from a California state atlas shows two views of Sonoma County:land and sawmill owned by the Meeker Bros.Company and the Residence of William Howard, Howard Summit.The left hand border of print has been archivally repaired. Image not affected. 17x14.5 in. $120

109ca: Large panorama of Hotel Green in Pasadena. Beautiful colored lithograph c1910 shows the two main buildings connected by a covered "bridge" walkway. Tear in right side has been archivally repaired and is not visually distracting.
48x14 in. $450

1887 Hand colored wood engraving showing scenes in Central California. Featured in Frank Leslie's
Illustrated Newspaper.
15-1/2 x 11 in. $60

1898 Color Rand, McNally & Co.'s California Railroads map shich shows all the railroads of that era in red, shows the mountain ridges, many cities, lakes, counties, and shows insets of Marin in Northern California, Los Angeles and San Bernardino in lower inset, islands in the Pacific Ocean which surround California, and many other
points of interest.
27-1/2 x 20-1/2 in. $300

204ca: 1873 Thomas Moran Lake Tahoe California View. Beautifully hand colored woodcut engraving, drawn by Thomas Moran and published in Picturesque America 1873. Title is "Lake Tahoe." Shows a view from the lake shore, with a small steamboat in the distance.
9x12 in. $50

205ca: 1873 Thomas Moran Donner Lake California View. Beautifully hand colored woodcut engraving, drawn by Thomas Moran and published in Picturesque America 1873. Title is "Donner Lake, Nevada." Donner lake is now in California, near the Nevada border. Nice panoramic view of the lake, as seen from the mountains nearby.
9x12 in. $50

207ca: 1873 Print: Giant Redwoods of California. This hand colored, wood-engraved print is from the Feb. 1, 1873 issue of Harper's Weekly. The print is titled "The Sentinels--Gigantic Trees of California." It shows a horse and buggy driving between two gigantic redwood trees.. The trees are in what is now called the Calaveras Big Trees State Park, in the central Sierra Nevada mountains. This print is
in excellent condition.
11x16 in. $80

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Denny’s Pocket Map of Lake County California, 1920 - A large folding blue-line pocket map of Lake County, California, blue on white background, very detailed map of the county by Edward Denny and Co. The title on the wrapper reads "Denny's Map - Lake County California... Published by Edward Denny, rare map only a few copies at U.C. Berkeley and U.C. Davis.
Condition: Very good, size 17 x 22 image,
folding into stiff paper wrappers to a 7x4" pocket.

Pacific Coast Point Pinos to Bodega Head California, 1862 - A very large engraved and detailed chart extending from Monterrey Bay north to Bodega Bay, including all of San Francisco and San Pablo bays, and north to Petaluma. The chart has extremely detailed information including soundings, light houses, islands and remarkable coastline detail. Cities of Oakland, Vallejo, Benicia, Brooklyn, Union City, Redwood City and more are located, Half Moon Bay is Spanish Town. This map provides a terrific view of the development of the region around San Francisco little more than a decade after the start of the Gold Rush, includes two inset views of Pt Reyes, and Noon Day Rock in the Farallones.
Condition: Good, yellowing on horizontal and vertical folds, small left margin.
size 27 x 36 image

California State Mining Bureau Iowa Hill Mining District Irelan This is a very rare map of geological cross sections of the Iowa Hill Mining District, compiled by the State mineralogist, William Irelan around 1888. Plate one is Sugarloaf and Iowa Hill, plate two is Refuge Cannon and Spencers Mill, plate three is Shirt Tail Cannon, and plate four is North Fork of the American River. The reference legend includes rock types, and ancient channels along with the names of the mines. Extremely rare and valuable depicting the location of gold and ancient alluvial channels and their depths, during time of hydraulic mining. Special Note: The Iowa Hill district is in central Placer County in the vicinity of the old mining town of that name. It is an extensive placer-mining district that includes the Roach Hill, Monona Flat, Strawberry Flat, Succor Flat, Grizzly Flat, Shirttail Canyon, and Kings. By 1856, the district was producing more than $100,000 a week. In 1857, the town of Iowa Hill was leveled by fire. Never rebuilt to its prior state, the town burned down twice more in later years. By 1880, more than $20 million had been produced, shortly after which hydraulic mining was curtailed by the Sawyer Decision in 1884. Condition: Very good multiple vertical and horizontal folds with
slim side margins.
size 17.5 x 18.5 image

1759 John Gibson, An Accurate Map of California Drawn by the Society of Jesuits and Dedicated to the King of Spain. English Edition after the Spanish edition from the first book in English completely devoted to California. Copperplate engraved map on handmade paper, in fine condition. 8.25 x 13" plus margins.

1855 J. H. Colton original hand colored engraved map showing California with inset top right of the City of San Francisco. Colton was among the earliest map makers with very accurate maps depicting cities and states in the United States.
17-1/2 x 14-1/2 in. $295

214ca: Double page spread from Harper's Weekly dated October 30, 1886. Beautiful hand colored engraving showing seven panels titled, Felling the Red-Wood Trees of California. Drawn by Charles Graham. 16x22 in. $220

215ca: Beautiful 1872 map of Southern California and Nevada. Published by Asher & Adams in the New Statistical and Topographical Atlas of the United States. Original hand coloring. 17.5x24.5 in. $200

216ca: Very Rare Birds-Eye view of Riverside, California. Beautiful colored lithographs from c1875. Vignettes around center picture show, the Court House, Chaffey College, Irrigating Ditch, and Irrigating an Orange Grove.
13.5x10 in. $80

218ca: 1851 Mare Island Straits map. This hand colored engraving shows San Pablo Bay, Mare Island, the Mare Island straits with soundings, the Straits of Karquines(sic) and the Site of Vallejo - the seat of government of California". The title of the map is: "Sketch J No.2, U.S. Coast Survey, A.D. Bache, Superintendent, Mare Island Straits California, 1851". 8.5x13.5 in. $60

221ca: Hand colored wood engraving from The Northwest Magazine dated July, 1889. The caption at the bottom is, " General view of Klamath City, California". Image is a distant view showing a horse-shoe bend in the river with a bridge, railroad tracks, streets and buildings. 13.5x20 in. $150

222ca: Thomas Brother's map of East Bay cities. This 1920's map includes the towns of Berkeley, El Cerrito, San Leandro, Oakland, Piedmont and Alameda. Ads for local East Bay busineses are along the top and bottom of the map. On the reverse is a street index for the map and a map of the whole Bay Area. The map was distributed by Palace
 Van & Storage in Oakland.
28x34 in. $50

224ca: 1854 Pulgas Base map. This hand colored engraving shows the "Pulgas Base" line in the San Jose area. The title of the map is: Sketch J No.5, U.S. Coast Survey, A.D. Bache, Superintendent, Pulgas Base, California, 1854. Inset of the position of Pulgas Base in the Vicinity of San Francisco Bay. 10x13 in. $50

023thea: A wonderful 1947 twelve page program from the Earl Carrol Theater Restaurant in Hollywood, CA. The stage show was titled "The Most Beautiful Girls In The World". This program is from his 10th year featuring reviews of the shows, their radio broadcasts, celebrities and actual show scenes. 12x9 in. $25

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225ca: This is a RARE chromolithograph done by Britton & Rey for the San Francisco Newsletter's Christmas edition 1883. Image is of the Hotel Del Monte in Monterey. The title of this double spread page is,"Hotel Del Monte, Monterey,Cal. The Leading Seaside Resort of the Pacific Coast". It is a distant view showing the entire hotel building and all of the surrounding gardens. 21x16 in. $450

228ca: Beautiful hand colored engraving of California. Map published by J.H. Colton & Co. in 1855. Inset in upper right corner of the City of San Francisco.
14x16.5 in. $300

229ca: The Vintage in California - At Work at the Wine-Presses. Beautiful hand colored wood engraving from the October 5, 1878 issue of Harper's Weekly. This is a popular collectors print that is now becoming scarce because of its appeal. Center crease has been archivally repaired.
16x22 in. $500

231ca: Beautiful hand colored engraving of California. Map published by J.H. Colton & Co. in 1855. Inset in upper right corner of the City of San Francisco. Decorative border surrounds the map.
15x18 in. $350

232ca: Chinese Americans in San Francisco. Two hand colored views from Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper dated August 24, 1878. Images showing California - An Evening in the Chinese Quarter of San Francisco. Top image is titled "The all-night supper spread in the dressing room of the royal Chinese Theatre" Bottom image is titled "Interior of the Royal China Theatre during a performance." Short article between the two images describes the goings on in around the Chinese Theatre. 11x16 in. $60

233ca: Chinese Americans in San Francisco. Three hand colored views from Frank Leslies Illustrated Newspaper dated August 17, 1878. Images showing California - Arrival at San Francisco of the First Resident Embassy of the Chinese Empire Accredited to the United States, July 25th. Top image is titled "Chinese Merchants of San Francisco paying thier respects to the embassy in the grand parlor of the Palace Hotel." Lower left image is titled "Arrival of the Embassy, escorted by resident merchants at the reception saloon of the hotel." Lower right image is titled "Members of the embassy promendading in the lobby of the hotel after dining."
22x16 in. $100

236ca: Chinese Americans in San Francisco. Hand colored view from Frank Leslies Illustrated Newspaper dated March 6, 1875. Image titled "A Street Scene in the Chinese Quarter of San Francisco, California, During the Celebration of the Chinese New Year" 22x16 in. $120

237ca: Rare antique print showing five images of the Sierra Nevada Mountain range. Hand colored views from Harper's Weekly dated February 22, 1890. Image titled "The Sierra Nevada Snow Blockade". Clockwise captions read "Collapsed snow sheds at Emigrant Gap", "The Outfit Train at Blue Canyon", "Deep Cut Near Summit", "General View of Blue Canyon" and "Ploughing Out Main Track Near Summit".
 22x16 in. $250

238ca: Beautiful hand colored views of images in Southern California - In and About San Diego, "The City of Perpetual Summer". From Frank Leslies Illustrated Newspaper dated March 23, 1880. Five images title "Pierce - Morse Block", "Consolidated National Bank", "View of San Diego Bay & Harbor", "The First National Bank" and "California National Bank."
 11x16 in. $80

242ca: 1916 The Mount Tamalpais Outdoor Play article written in text, featuring two half-tone photographs with commentary about "Shakuntala," as hundreds of onlookers enjoy the sunshine as they watch the actors perform.
10x14in. $30

1888 Views in Lower California. Hand colored wood engraving featuring four different scenes, published in The Illustrated London News.
16 x 11 in. $50

244ca: 1901 article published in Scientific American on July 27, 1901. Featuring two views of fog studies on Mt. Tamalpais.
 11x16in. $30

245ca: 1872 Coast Scene, Marin County. Hand colored wood engraving titled, "Coast Scene, Marin County." 9x12.5in. $40

248ca: San Jose residence of J.S. Carter, Esq. AND Residence of Thos. Fallon, Esq. Hand-colored lithograph featuring two different pictures. (Condition: Patched tear on right side of lower picture; barely noticeable). 13x17in. $150

250ca: Residence of Mr. & Mrs. C.H. Maddox AND Residence of Mrs. S.L. Knox. Hand colored lithograph featuring two different pictures. (Condition: Small water stain in bottom right near corner; small tea near top right).
13x17in. $150

251ca: Residence of B.F. Watkins and Orchard Farm in top picture AND Somerville Lodge" Farm & Residence of L.H. Bascom in bottom picture. Both are hand colored lithographs. 13x17in. $150

252ca: 1889 San Rafael and the Golden Gate - Drawn by Charles Graham. Six hand colored wood engravings depicting views of San Rafael and surrounding views of the Golden Gate. Published in Harper's Weekly on January 26, 1889. Volume XXXIII., No. 1675.
11x16in. $120

255ca: 1856 Lynch Law in California - Surrender of Prisoners At the County Gaol, San Francisco. Hand colored wood engraving published in The Illustrated London News on July 12, 1856. Featured on the bottom of page with text and other engravings on top. 11x16in. $30

1864 Hand colored engraved Johnson's California, also Utah, Nevada, Colorado, New Mexico, and Arizona. Published by Alvin J. Johnson & Co., New York.
26 x 18 in. $350

Map of Public Surveys in California, 1857 - A large handsome double folio lithograph map with original color showing extensive detail of the topography, survey grids, cities, towns, villages. " The legend: List of 34 private land grants finally confirmed, September 30th, 1857." One of a series of public survey maps, nicely colored and relief shown in hachures, the San Francisco Bay Delta Region is shown with extensive marshes and Owens Lake still exists. Wagner and Mc Guigan engravers, surveyor general J H. Mundeville.
Condition: Very good, multiple folds, small margins, light ageing toning, and light yellowing on folds barely noticeable.
size 30.5 x 36 image.

Johnson’s California, Territories of New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado, Nevada and Utah 1863 - A large engraved and original hand colored map of California & the Southwest, the map has a very decorative border, pastel colored counties and shows a number of interesting territorial anomalies. Nevada has its lower corner truncated, leaving Las Vegas in Arizona. Utah extends approximately 1 degree too far to the west, prior to the last set of reductions undertaken by the US Government. Several counties still extend into both Arizona and New Mexico. In each of the states and territories, the county configurations are still largely incomplete. This is one of the most detailed accurate commercial maps of the era that includes the US Pony express route, explorer routes, the major routes of commerce, towns, forts, Indian Tribes, mountains, rivers, roads, mining districts, proposed railroad routes, important dates in the evolution of the US-Mexico Boundary, etc. Johnson's map of the West is one of the most interesting and collectable maps of the period. The maps were updated annually or more often, showing profound territorial boundary changes and county formations from year to year and even within a single year. Condition: Very good, fold in middle with some staining along the fold, water marks on margins and some light foxing inside image.
size 23.5 15.5 image.

Grays Atlas Map of California, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, Arizona and New Mexico, 1873 - This scarce lithographed map is hand colored by counties, and shows early mining districts, towns, roads, mountains, rivers, Indian Tribes and railroads. The Gadsden Purchase Line (noting a cost of $10,000,000) and a host of other details.  This map appeared only in the first edition of Gray's Atlas; a rare example of Gray's map of the Southwest. Condition: Good image overall but margins small and torn on edges in some places, fold down center, otherwise good color and image overall.
size 26 x 16 image.

California Territories of New Mexico and Utah 1854 - Johnson An extremely rare and large historically significant map of the Western States and territories, finely engraved with original color and decorative border, this truly a beautiful map from A. J. Johnson's southwest series. Published in 1862 at the height of the American Civil War, this stunning map depicts the state of California and the territories of Nevada, Utah, Colorado, New Mexico and Arizona. Representing the third state of the Johnson southwest map, this map varies most significantly from its 1861 predecessor in the addition of a clearly defined Arrizona (yes, with 2 'r's) Territory. In 1861 'Arrizona' was an alternate name for the lands added to the New Mexico territory by the 1854 Gadsden Purchase. The Confederate Territory of Arizona lasted less than a year before it was seized by the Union Army and dismantled in favor of the current configuration with the Arizona – New Mexico border situated along a north-south axis. Some have suggested that the current border between Arizona and New Mexico was chosen for no other reason than that it differed from the Confederate border. Native American tribes, proposed railroads, mail routes, explorer's tracks, and treaty lines. In the high desert region near modern day Quartzite, Arizona, a note reads 'in the vicinity of this place a tract of country is found which is said by Trappers to be exceedingly and fertile and abundantly timbered and well- watered.' Johnson also notes silver deposits in this same region. 'Vegas' appears roughly in its current location though at the time there was little there but a natural water source and an abandoned Mormon fort. The famed Pony Express Route is delineated as it passes through Nebraska, Utah, and Nevada on its way to California. This is an extraordinarily example of one of the scarcest and most desirable 19th century American atlas maps of the southwestern part of the United States. Published by A. J. Johnson and Ward as plate numbers 58 and 59 in the 1862 edition of Johnson's New Illustrated Family Atlas.
Condition: Very good, fold in middle with some discoloration, slight tear at bottom otherwise wide margin and normal age browning
 on margin edges.
size 24 x 16.5 image

Upper California 1841 Illustrating the U.S. Expedition Original hand colored lithograph map of Upper California, an important map of the West, first issued to accompany Charles Wilkes Report of the US Exploring Expedition West of the Rocky Mountains, 1841-45. The map show exploratory tracks and extends from Little Klamet Lake to the Mexican Border in the West and to the Anahuac Mountains and the sources of the Green River and Colorado River in the East. This map was originally issued in a larger format and was later reissued in both a small format to accompany the official report and later in a Wilkes production which was issued during the Gold Rush. Incorporates the discoveries of Wilkes, Fremont and others. Condition: Barely noticeable fold in middle otherwise
fine condition.
size: 11x 8.5

Gray’s New Map of California, 1884 - A rare large lithographed and original colored map of California (really two maps with two small insets: The Vicinity of San Francisco, Yosemite Valley, the large maps include the entire state and City of San Francisco. From one of Gray’s later atlases. The California section of the map shows all of the Pacific railroad lines, counties are colored in pastel, the San Francisco section features a very detailed area from Bernal Heights to Black Point in the North, three railroad lines enter the city from the south. This is an extremely hard to find and significant map of California and San Francisco. Condition: Very good, small margins some water staining on left margin edge and yellowing all around on margins with a small tear at top.
size 16 x 26.5 image

County Map of the State of California, Bradley 1883 - A large lithograph map with original hand color of the Counties of California with a large detailed plan of San Francisco is at top right, (really two maps in one) with a small inset of San Francisco Bay and Vicinity bottom left. The large San Francisco inset shows many specific buildings on the Eastern side of the city and the water front. The famous Owens Lake is shown in the main California map which extends beyond the margins top left and bottom right. Condition: Very good with some water marks on very edge of top left and bottom right margin outside of image, folded in the middle some foxing on margins and normal browing age color, some insect holes on surface of margins top and bottom.
size 14.5 x 21.5 image

1879 Mitchell's original hand colored County Map of the State of California with insets of the San Francisco Bay and Vicinity on the left and inner San Francisco on top right. Entered According to Act of congress in the Office of the Librarian of Congress
 at Washington.
23 x 15 in. $180

C.1850 Hand colored wood engraving featured in Gleason's Pictorial Drawing Room Companion. Title of bottom image is, "Mission of San Carlos, California."
15-1/2 x 11 in. $45

Hand colored wood engraving showing the Giant Trees of California. Featured in
Voyages and Travels.
12 x 8-1/2 in. $40

1859 Hand colored wood engravings featured in The Illustrated News Of the World which shows The Great Trees of Calaveras, in California depicted as the Miner's Cabin, the Pioneer's Cabin, the Horseback Ride, the Big Tree, and the Three Sisters.
15-1/2 x 11 in. $50

C.1860s Rare Currier & Ives hand colored lithograph titled, "Yo-Semite Falls, California." Medium
folio in fine condition.
15-1/2 x 12 in. $900

1854 US Coast Survey Reconnaissance of Smith’s or Blunt Island and Anacapa Island, Whistler, 1854. Two very handsome engraved and hand colored maps of Smith’s Island, Washington State and Anacapa Islands, in the Santa Barbara Channel. These are very important maps, being the first known example of the engraving work of James Abbott MacNeill Whistler, who would go on to have a career as one of America's most famous 19th Century Artists. Special Note: Whistler, one of the most influential figures in the 19th-century art world, learned etching while employed in the cartographic section of the U.S. Coast Survey. One of the few known works completed by Whistler during his brief federal service, Sketch of Anacapa Island, exemplifies Whistler's need to add his personal touch to official charts and after he completed this etching in the approved style, he thought it looked dull. Therefore, he added two flocks of gulls sailing gracefully over the rocky headland of Anacapa Island. Condition: Excellent, small verticalfold throughout on right side, horizontal fold bottom, wide margins.
size 9.5 12 image.

1897 Century Atlas Maps of California Northern and Southern. Two very detailed atlas maps of California, Northern part has large inset map of San Francisco Bay and vicinity and a small inset of Yosemite Valley. Southern map has Yosemite inset, San Diego and Los Angeles. Very unusual set of two maps of the state with large insets.
Condition: Very good.
size 16 x 11.5 images.
$100 set.

1880 Original Thompson & West lithograph from the History of Sacramento County, California, published in Oakland, Cal. This image is part of the "Big Four" of Central Pacific Railroad fame and shows Huntington Hopkins & Co. Hardware Store, originally owned by Mark Hopkins and Collis P. Huntington. The store survives today as part of Old Sacramento. Lithograph is matted and
in fine condition.
17 x 14 in. $250

California Emigrants the Last Day on the Plains, Ballou’s Pictorial Drawing Room Companion Andrews 1856 - This is a rare, large double page spread, wonderfully illustrated and hand colored woodcut lithograph by John Andrews, this antique print shows an emigrant's camp in a wide landscape with probably the Sierra Nevada in the background. The main guide is blowing a horn to announce the group was getting ready to move, covered wagons of the time are seen in the background along with cattle and a recently slayed deer. Emigrants hired guides to take them across unknown territories and mountain passes during this time. Condition: Very good with three folds not very noticeable,
small tear on bottom margins
otherwise normal aging color.
size, 20.75 x 13.25 in.

1856 Hand colored wood engraving featured in Ballou's Pictorial Drawing-Room Companion which is titled, "California Gold-Diggers -- A Scene From Actual Life At the Mines." 21-1/2 x 15 in. $400

1888 Hand-tinted etching showing, "Trinity Peaks -- California," By Julian Rix. Fine condition.
14 x 10-1/4 in. $80

1855 Geological Map of California, explored by Lieut. R.S. Williamson to accompany William Blake's Report. Bottom left of map shows nine types of rocks that are color-keyed. Originally folded and
in fine condition.
25 x 19 in. $175

1872 Lithographed Map of Public Surveys of California to accompany Report of Surveyor Genl. Left side of map shows a List of Grants
Finally Surveyed.
32 x 37 in. $500

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