California Maps and Charts


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872Antique chart of Pacific and Australia with California as an islandDetailsde Wit, Frederick1675
Magnum Mare del Zur cum Insula California
de Wit, Frederick
1675
LOC:0
$3,100.00de-Wit--FrederickMagnum-Mare-del-Zur-cum-Insula-CaliforniaThis beautiful antique sea chart of the Pacific Ocean from 1675 is one of the earliest obtainable nautical charts of Oceana. The chart extends eastward from Japan, Korea and New Guinea to the newly explored west coast of North America with California shown as an island. The incomplete outline of landforms in Australasia reflect the limited exploration of that area. <br></br> This chart is the first and most desirable state, engraved by Frederick de Wit, with the imprint: "Gedruckt't Amsterdam by Frederick de Wit inde Calverstraet. " Published in de <b>Wit's Orbis Maritimus ofte Zee Atlas</b>, comprised of twenty-seven nautical charts of the world's oceans. <br></br> The concept that <b>Baja California was an island</b> rather than a peninsula dates back to the early 1500's. In 1701 Jesuit priest and cartographer Eusebio Francisco Kino published a map based on his explorations of the area showing Baja California to be a peninsula, but despite that work the question was not finally accepted by all cartographers until the mid-eighteenth century. <br></br> <b>Hollandia Nova</b>, or New Holland was the name given to the vast continent of Australia. On this early chart only the north coast of Australia and the Gulf of Carpentaria are depicted, with an incomplete outline of western New Guinea drawn above. Below, the outline of the southern half of Tasmania ( " Anthoni van Diemens Landt" ) and a portion of the east coast of New Zealand with the Cook Strait shown as a bay. <br></br> A very attractive decorative cartouche at bottom right features a portrait of Ferdinand Magellan gazing over a tableau of Poseidon and his consort Amphitrite riding a chariot through the sea while putti drape garland over the scene. Empty areas in the chart are filled with depictions of square-rigged warships under sail and firing cannon. Title is in Latin and Dutch.
2521Isaac Tirions's map of the American SouthwestDetailsTirion, Isaac1765
Fine 18th century map of Lower California, Arizona and Mexico
Tirion, Isaac
1765
LOC:10
$750.00Tirion--IsaacFine-18th-century-map-of-Lower-California--Arizona-and-MexicoIsaac Tirions's map of the American Southwest reflects the recent explorations of the Jesuit Fathers and others. Named locations include Casa Grande and San Xavier de Bac in the Southwest. Along the Pacific Ocean are noted San Diego, Ensenada and Cabo San Lucas. Numerous, oversized islands are shown along both coasts of the Baja California Peninsuala. <br></br> Missions are pictorially identified throughout the map and there are two fortifications in Baja at San Jose del Cabo and Loretto. <br></br> Isaak Tirion, (1705 - 1765) was a Dutch publisher who produced serveral atlases and Dutch town plans from the Kalverstraat, in Amsterdam. Tirion produced a total of eight atlases in multiple editions
721Chart of the harbors of San Diego, California and San Blas, MexicoDetailsLa Perouse, Jean François Galaup1797
Antique 1782 Plan of San Diego, California
La Perouse, Jean François Galaup
1797
LOC:63
$800.00La-Perouse--Jean-François-GalaupAntique-1782-Plan-of-San-Diego--CaliforniaTwo very attractive engraved antique nautical charts on one page of the harbors of <b>San Diego</b>, California (upper half) and San Blas, Mexico in Nayarit State. Locations around San Diego, California that are noted on the chart include: the Presidio de St. Diego, the 'faux port', Pointe des Morts, Rancherie de las Choyas, Pointe St. Augustin, Rancherie ou Village d'Indiens nomme de la Pointe, Pointe St. Joseph, Pointe St. Michel, Petite Port de St Jean, Pointe Guizarros, and Pointe de la Colline. Numerous soundings are included with descriptions of the composition of the sea floor on the approaches to and bottom of the San Diego Bay. <br></br> These two charts by Jean-Francois de la Perouse are based on surveys by Juan Pantoja, a captain of the Manila trade for Spain. Derived from Pantoja's manuscript, the charts were published posthumously in the "Atlas du Voyage de la Perouse 1785-1788". Plate 35. <br></br> San Blas was used by Spain's Navy as a naval base beginning in 1768 and it served for several decades as a base of operations for Spanish expeditions to the Pacific Northwest. For about twenty years in the late 18th century, San Blas was one of the busiest ports on the Pacific coast of the Americas, rivaling Acapulco. L. Aubert, scripsit. <br></br> As a French explorer and naval officer la Perouse (1741-1788?) was tasked by King Louis XVI of France with completing the Pacific exploration begun by British Captain James Cook. Aboard the ships Astrolabe and Boussole, la Perouse and his crew mapped the west coast of North America and Alaska in 1786 and visited Easter Island and the Sandwich Islands ( Hawaii ). After reaching Australia's Botany Bay in 1788 his ships were lost at sea while searching for the Solomon Islands.
3616Antique chart of Monterey Bay, Carmel and Carmel Bay in California.DetailsLa Perouse, Jean François Galaup1797
Earliest obtainable map of the Monterey and Carmel, California region.
La Perouse, Jean François Galaup
1797
LOC:10
$550.00La-Perouse--Jean-François-GalaupEarliest-obtainable-map-of-the-Monterey-and-Carmel--California-region-First French edition of this original antique early plan of Monterey Bay, Carmel, and Carmel Bay in California. Not colored. Because this chart is the only one of Perouse's charts that is based on his own exploration, some dealers consider the chart to be a foundational map for all collectors of 18th century California cartography. This chart is the earliest obtainable map of the Monterey and Carmel region. <br></br> The fine hand-colored chart shows the very small town of Carmel with the Mission de St. Charles, and the Presidio at a distance. The map makes it possible to understand how the development of local transportation routes was impacted by the area's geography. Locates an anchorage (mouillage), Pointe du Nouvel-an (New Year Point near Santa Cruz) and the Montagnes de St. Lucie. Rhumb lines in the bay with north oriented to the left. A scarce map of the area. <br></br> As a French explorer and naval officer, la Perouse (1741-1788?) was tasked by King Louis XVI of France with completing the Pacific exploration begun by British Captain James Cook. Aboard the ships Astrolabe and Boussole la Perouse and his crew mapped the west coast of North America and Alaska in 1786 and visited Easter Island and the Sandwich Islands ( Hawaii ). After reaching Australia's Botany Bay in 1788 his ships were lost at sea while searching for the Solomon Islands. <br></br> This map is from the French edition of the "Atlas du voyage de La Perouse". L. Aubert scripsit. Plate 34.
30Antique nautical charts and nautical maps for sale of U.S. West CoastDetailsBlondeau, Alexandre1820
Carte de la partie de la Cote Nord-Ouest de L'Amerique
Blondeau, Alexandre
1820
LOC:63
$400.00Blondeau--AlexandreCarte-de-la-partie-de-la-Cote-Nord-Ouest-de-L-AmeriqueFrench copy of Vancouver's nautical chart of West North American coast from Alaska to Mexico. By Blondeau. Elsewhere attributed to Depot de la Marine but that is doubtful. Tracks of Vancouver's vessels, mountain ranges, missions, anchorages and a few soundings are clearly delineated.<BR> </BR> Highly detailed (get a magnifier and enjoy) antique chart coverage extends down the coast from Kodiak Island, Alaska though Prince William sound, Port San Francisco and St. Diego California, into Mexico- Baie do Todos Santos, Baie de las Virgines, and ends near a marked anchorage near a mission 'St. Domingo'. California is described as "Nouvelle Albion".<BR> </BR> <BR> </BR> Engraved and lettered by Blondeau: "Ecrit par M. Blondeau. Grave par Blondeau Rue et Porte St Jacques No 85."
1098Scarce French sea chart of San Francisco Bay.DetailsDepot de la Marine1843
Scarce early French sea chart of San Francisco Bay
Depot de la Marine
1843
LOC:63
$1,450.00Depot-de-la-MarineScarce-early-French-sea-chart-of-San-Francisco-BayScarce French sea chart of <b>San Francisco Bay</b> made during a voyage to the Pacific from 1836-39 by Captain Abel Aubert Du Petit-Thouars in command of the French Frigate <b>Venus</b>. The bay is well delineated with soundings and profile views. Shows the route taken in October 1837 by the Hawaiian ship "Kamamalou" (Captain William Sturgis Hinckley) as it ferried a crew from Petit-Thoaurs' Venus, who remained aboard the Venus in Monterrey Bay, to gather water and vegetables. The crew used that trip to reconnoiter the port of San Francisco. <br ></br> With several small and one large elevation profile view of the entrance to San Francisco Bay as seen from sea. The largest elevation view, at bottom, shows the coastline as seen from 25 miles offshore. That beautifully engraved profile extends from the <b>Farralon Islands</b> to well past "Cap Blanc" (Point San Pedro). The key feature of Alcatraz Island is labeled "I. aux Oiseaux" (Bird Island). <br ></br> A circled "+" between Alcatraz Island and Yerba Buena Island labeled "Basse du Seringapatnam" suggests that this is the site of a wreck of a vessel by that name. Going through the records we find a 398 ton whaling ship "Seragapatam" that sailed from Sydney and arrived in San Francisco on March 18, 1850. <br ></br> The motivation behind Petit-Thouars' exploration was France's interest in obtaining territory from the Mexican government in exchange for the millions of dollars worth of loans that the French government had given to Mexico, and which the Mexican government had defaulted on. France sent Captain Du Petit-Thouars to survey the region and see what it offered, as well as to project a French presence to bolster any claims they had in the Pacific. <br></br> Circular logo with an anchor from the Depot de la Marine. Plate 6. Number. 1002.
3651California gold-rush era blueback chart of the West Coast.DetailsImray, James1849
Fine gold-rush era blueback chart of California
Imray, James
1849
LOC:0
$3,900.00Imray--JamesFine-gold-rush-era-blueback-chart-of-CaliforniaCalifornia gold-rush era blueback chart of the West Coast from the harbor of San Blas in Mexico heading north past San Francisco Bay. Coverage includes the Gulf of California and the Baja Peninsula. A wide nautical chart in landscape orientation. <br></br> Includes six insets and eight stunning coastal views. The insets include: "Entrance of San Francisco Harbour"; "Harbour of San Francisco By Capn. F.W. Beechey R.N. F.R.S."; and "Bay of Monterey By M. de Tessan of the French Navy." Also, Magdalen Bay, Mazatlan, and Guaymas. <br></br> Published by James Imray, Chart and Nautical Book Publisher 102, Minories. 1849. <br></br> During the 1800's there was a trend toward publication of very large small-scale charts with large-scale insets of key passages and harbors. The practice was driven as much by economics as any other reason. One chart could replace a dozen smaller charts. James Imray and Son was one of a handful of British publishers who specialized in these charts which were often backed with canvas or linen cloth or heavy blue paper in order to help them withstand the frequent use and abuse aboard ship, hence the term "blueback chart".
3623Antique chart of the approach and entrance San Francisco Bay.DetailsRinggold, Cadwalader1850
Antique Chart of the Entrance to San Francisco Bay
Ringgold, Cadwalader
1850
LOC:63
$1,100.00Ringgold--CadwaladerAntique-Chart-of-the-Entrance-to-San-Francisco-BayCadwalader Ringgold's detailed, chart of the approach and entrance at San Francisco Bay, California from 1850. Includes Yerba Buena island, Alcatraces (Alcatraz Island), Sausalito Bay, Aspinwall Bay, and much more. Attractive elevation profile view of a square rigged sailing vessel set against a backdrop of the coastline at San Francisco. Constructed, projected and drawn by Fred D. Stuart. <br ></br> Ringgold (1802-1867) was a officer in the U.S. Navy who had served aboard the brig Porpoise with the U.S. Exploring Expedition during Wilkes' surveys of the area in 1841 . Ringgold was promoted to Commander in July, 1849 and began his groundbreaking survey of the San Francisco Bay region, suddenly important because of the discovery of gold in the area. The survey began in August 1849, with Ringgold commanding the chartered brig Col. Fremont. Peter Guthorn notes Ringgold's use of Beechy's earlier survey in his charts: <div class="indenttextblock">"Ringgold's charts and sailing directions employed material extracted from the account by Fredrick William Beechy, the British explorer and naval officer whose narrative of the voyage to the Pacific and Behring Sea was published in 1831." (Guthorn, Peter. "U.S. Coastal Charts 1783-1861." Schiffer Publishing. 1984. p. 195)</div>
1097Chart of San Francisco Bay, extending up the Sacramento riverDetailsRinggold, Cadwalader1851
Antique U.S. Navy Chart of the Entrance to San Francisco Bay
Ringgold, Cadwalader
1851
LOC:63
$1,250.00Ringgold--CadwaladerAntique-U-S--Navy-Chart-of-the-Entrance-to-San-Francisco-BayCadwalader Ringgold's detailed, hand-colored chart of San Francisco Bay from 1851, extending up the Sacramento river at top right to Sacramento, Suttersville, and Boston, CA and to Stockton, Stanislaus City and San Joaquin at bottom right. Along Napa Creek Ringgold drew the plan of the small town of Vallejo which he refers to as "Capitol of the State". Other town plans include Suisun City, Martinez, New York, and Benicia. The map carries a dedication to William H. Aspinwall, Esq. of New York City, a merchant and ship owner. <br ></br> Published two years after the beginning of the 49'er gold rush, this most interesting lithographed chart is notable for the fine detail shown along California's rivers, which include names for a number of islands and regions which had never before appeared on commercial maps. The Webster or Russian Embarcadero is shown, as is Presidio, Washington, Indian Villages, Doaks Ferry, Martins, Table Hill, Petaluma Creek, Mount Diablo and many smaller islands, creeks, points and other features. Alcatraz island is labeled simply "Alcatraces". <br ></br> Ringgold (1802-1867) was a officer in the U.S. Navy who had served aboard the brig Porpoise with the U.S. Exploring Expedition during Wilkes' surveys of the area in 1841 . Ringgold was promoted to Commander in July, 1849 and began his groundbreaking survey of the San Francisco Bay region, suddenly important because of the discovery of gold in the area. The survey began in August 1849, with Ringgold commanding the chartered brig Col. Fremont. Of the sources used to compile the map Guthorn notes: <div class="indenttextblock">"Ringgold's charts and sailing directions employed material extracted from the account by Fredrick William Beechy, the British explorer and naval officer whose narrative of the voyage to the Pacific and Behring Sea was published in 1831." (Guthorn, Peter. "U.S. Coastal Charts 1783-1861." Schiffer Publishing. 1984. p. 195)</div>
3619U.S. Coast Survey chart of the Mare Island StraitDetailsU.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey1851
Early U.S. Coast Survey Chart of Mare Island Vallejo California
U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey
1851
LOC:3
$85.00U-S--Coast-and-Geodetic-SurveyEarly-U-S--Coast-Survey-Chart-of-Mare-Island-Vallejo-CaliforniaAntique U.S. Coast Survey chart of the Mare Island Strait. Includes Mare Island and Vallejo, California. Topographic detail is rendered through elegant and informative hachuring. Scale 1 / 30,000.
664Chart of City of San Francisco, CaliforniaDetailsU.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey1853
City of San Francisco, California
U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey
1853
LOC:63
$1,400.00U-S--Coast-and-Geodetic-SurveyCity-of-San-Francisco--CaliforniaAntique electrotype engraved plan of the booming town of San Francisco, California made in 1853 during the California gold rush. On a 25" x 33" sheet of heavy paper, never folded. Key named features include: Tonquin Shoal, Wreck of the Tonquin, Blossom Rock, Mission Rock, Point San Quentin, Mission de Dolores, Rincon Point, Mission Bay, Steamboat Point, Cunningham's Wharf, Law's Wharf, Broadway Wharf, Pacific Wharf, and Portsmouth Square. <br></br> The town is shown laid out into blocks with individual buildings. Numerous steets are identified including Market Street, Pine Street, Lombard Street and Broad Way. Includes numerous soundings and countour lines. <br><br/> This antique chart should not be confused with those similar copies that were issued with dozens of others as part of a Report to Congress, most on thin paper with folds that often show condition issues. This original mid 19th century survivor is a large, separately issued example on thick wove paper that has been stored either rolled of flat with no folds. Price 50 Cents. Verified I.I. Stevens . Outlines and Topography engraved by Max. F.O. Strobel; Lettering by E.F. Woodward. With the circular logo of the Coast Survey Depot. Number 627.
1090Antique chart of the California coast and Baja Peninsula.DetailsRobiquet, Aime1856
Antique French chart of the California coast and Baja Peninsula
Robiquet, Aime
1856
LOC:63
$1,900.00Robiquet--AimeAntique-French-chart-of-the-California-coast-and-Baja-PeninsulaLarge engraved chart of the California coast south to Mazatlan, Mexico: "Carte des Côtes de Californie de Mazatlan à San Francisco d'après les derniers Travaux Amércains Par Robiquet, Hydrographe Rue Pavée Saint Andre No.2. Paris 1856". This large chart is particularly interesting for its collection of numerous inset plans of North American West Coast ports and bays during the late <b>Gold Rush era</b>. <br></br> Coverage includes the <b>Baja Peninsula</b> or "Vieille Californie" with Cabo San Lucas ("Cap St. Lucas") at the end. Contains inset plans of the bays and ports at Guaymas, Ballena, St. Bartholomé, Pulpito, San Quentin, San Diego, San Pedro, Monterey, San Francisco, and Bodega Bay. <br></br> Scarce and detailed map of California's coastline, with much detail for navigation and a few inland landmarks. Printed in Paris by French hydrograper and publisher Louis Antoine Robiquet. Presumably from Robiquet's "Atlas Hydrographique" of 1856, but this printing with separate price (4 francs) and publisher's blindstamp in bottom right margin. <br></br> Inset plans include: (1): Baie Bodega Levé en 1839 par Ed. Belcher. (2): Plan de la Baie de Monterey Levé en 1837 par Mr. De Tessan, Ingr. Geographe. (3): Entrée du Port de San Francisco par Cadwalader Ringgold. (4): San Pedro par James Alden 1852. (5): Entrée de San Diego par R.D. Cutts et G. Davidson. (6): Port San Quentin Levé in 1839 par Ed. Belcher. (7): Port St. Bartholomé Levé par le Cape. H. Kellet en 1847. (8): Mouillage Pulpito par le Cape. H. Kellet. (9): Port Balleno par le Cape. H. Kellet. (10): Guaymas Levé par Mr. Fisquet en 1840. <br></br> No. 61. Paris - Imp. Louis
4934Fine lithographed map of San Francisco by Britton and Rey.DetailsBritton and Rey1858
Map of the City of San Francisco
Britton and Rey
1858
LOC:0
$2,200.00Britton-and-ReyMap-of-the-City-of-San-FranciscoFine lithographed map of San Francisco, California with red overprinted circles at 1/4 mile intervals bound into the annual report described below. Stated by another dealer as "rare" and "one of the earliest maps of San Francisco published in the city." <br/><br/> Only 2 sales of these rare antebellum Britton & Rey lithographed maps are recorded in AMPR, only one previous sale of the red-overprinted edition. 2nd. ed. Originally issued in 1846, but not dated within; comparison to the first edition shows no differences except for red over-printing. Neither sale included the bound report. Britton & Rey were located on Montgomery Street at the corner with Commercial Street between 1854 and 1858 (Peters, California on Stone, p. 162). <br/><br/> Frontispiece shows a plan, "Diagram of the Chamber of the Board of Supervisors, 1863. H.P. Coon, President <br/><br/> The gilt-edged report into which the map is bound: " San Francisco Municipal Reports for the Fiscal Year 1862-'63" published at the orders of the Board of Supervisors. San Francisco: Printed at Charles F. Robbins & Company. No 417 Clay Street, between Sansome and Battery. 1863. Contains reports from City Auditors, City Surveyor and other department heads and city officials. 6" W x 9" H. Binding tight. Original covers with binders identification inside the front cover at top left: Bartling & Kimball, Binders, 505 Clay Street, San Francisco. <br/><br/> Spine (poor with 1" missing) reads: Municipal Reports, San Francisco 1862-663. Cover (good) reads: "Presented by the City of San Francisco."
1099Antique chart of San Francisco Bay and Oakland CaliforniaDetailsU.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey1859
Entrance to San Francisco Bay California 1859
U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey
1859
LOC:0
$2,500.00U-S--Coast-and-Geodetic-SurveyEntrance-to-San-Francisco-Bay-California-1859Superb, large, antique U.S. Coast Survey chart of <b>San Francisco Bay</b>, the city of San Francisco, California, and lower Marin County, California on heavy paper with no folds. Laid down nicely to board. Produced just 10 years after the beginning of the California Gold Rush it shows numerous soundings and aids to navigation including Fort Point Light, Point Bonita Light, Yerba Buena Light, and Alcatraz Light. <BR> </BR> Coverage includes San Francisco and Sausalito and the surrounding areas and is the original 1859 electrotype edition not a later corrected version. Like later editions, the bottom of the chart contains two views of the bay- both inbound and outbound the port showing both steam and sail-powered vessels underway and at anchor. This 1859 edition contains a third engraved view not found in later editions- <b>"View of the Entrance to San Pablo Bay from near Angel Island"</b>. In later editions that view was removed to make room for notes and tables. <BR> </BR> Named points of interest include the Presidio, Oakland, Cliff House, Ocean House, Sausalito, Alcatraz Island, Mission Bay, San Leandro, Yerba Buena Island, Mission de Delores, Table Mountain, Brooklyn, Alameda, and of course the Golden Gate (with no bridge). <BR> </BR> This chart was printed in 1859 from an electrotype copy of the original hand-engraved copper plate, a process the U.S. Coast Survey adopted around 1850. As a soft medium, copper plates could only withstand print runs of perhaps 200 copies before the plates wore down. To enable larger print runs, a mold of the original plate was created in wax or another soft medium. Then, using an electro-chemical processs ( electrotyping ), the mold was coated with a metal layer, typically copper. Printers were then able to produce output from the new electrotype copper copy, while preserving the original. Electrotype copy no. 2. With the circular stamp of the U.S. Coast Survey.
3668Chart of Drake's Bay, California.DetailsU.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey1860
Fine antique chart of Drake's Bay, California
U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey
1860
LOC:63
$650.00U-S--Coast-and-Geodetic-SurveyFine-antique-chart-of-Drake-s--Bay--CaliforniaVery attractive scarce antique engraved chart of Drake's Bay, California on the Pacific Ocean just northwest of San Francisco. Coverage extends southward as far as Duxbury Reef. Includes sailing directions, notes on dangers, soundings and abbreviations, and tide table. <br><br/> A surviving survey file copy from the U.S. Geological Survey Library. With an oval faded ink stamp from that agency. Map number in MS at bottom corners as typical for surveyor's file copies. <br><br/> Now a part of Point Reyes National Seashore, the area covered by this old chart includes detailed topographical information and is generally devoid of named features. "Breakers" are noted in numerous areas all along the beaches. Numeous depth soundings. <br><br/> This antique chart should not be confused with those similar copies that were issued with dozens of others as part of a Report to Congress, most on thin paper with folds that often show condition issues. This original mid 19th century survivor is a large, separately issued example on crisp, strong paper that has been stored rolled with a NO FOLDS. Price 20 cents. NO logo of the Coast Survey Office. Number 629.
607Antique chart of west U.S. Umpquah River, Oregon to CanadaDetailsU.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey1864
Western Coast of U.S. from Umpqua River to the Boundary Uncolored
U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey
1864
LOC:63
$475.00U-S--Coast-and-Geodetic-SurveyWestern-Coast-of-U-S--from-Umpqua-River-to-the-Boundary-UncoloredRare, rolled, separately issued antique nautical chart ( 1864 ed. ) of the western coast of California focused on the Pacific coastline between the Umpquah River, Oregon north to the Canadian border. Noted with several habitations including Seattle, Astoria, and Olympia, Washington; Victoria, British Columbia; and Fort Langley. Many of the San Juan Islands are identified by name including Vancouver Island, San Juan, Lopez, Fidalgo, and <b> Guemes Island</b>. <br></br> This antique sea chart is enlivened with eight attractive engraved inset coastal profile views including: the Entrance to Columbia River / Cape Disappointment, Tatoosh Island, Flattery Rocks, Destruction Island, Tillamook Head, Cape Perpetua, and Cape Lookout. <br></br> The chart was first produced by the U.S. Coast Survey in 1855, a point in time when A.D. Bache was Superintendent. <br></br> This is a scarce, separately issued, rolled nautical chart of the area, not the more common folded version on thin paper that was issued with other charts in an annual report to Congress from the Coast Survey. <br></br> This chart was printed in 1864 from an electrotype copy of the original hand-engraved copper plate, a process the U.S. Coast Survey adopted around 1850. As a soft medium, copper plates could only withstand print runs of perhaps 200 copies before the plates wore down. To enable larger print runs, a mold of the original plate was created in wax or another soft medium. Then, using an electro-chemical processs ( electrotyping ), the mold was coated with a metal layer, typically copper. Printers were then able to produce output from the new electrotype copper copy, while preserving the original. Electrotype copy no. 6, corrected to 1864. Sheet size 30"x30". Scale 1 / 1,200,000.
3578Rare U.S. Coast Survey chart of Point Sal, California.DetailsU.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey1867
Point Sal, California
U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey
1867
LOC:63
$375.00U-S--Coast-and-Geodetic-SurveyPoint-Sal--CaliforniaRare U.S. Coast Survey chart of Point Sal, California. For the collector of California cartography, a special chart of Point Sal which lies on California's Pacific Coast somewhat midway between Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo. Original copper-plate engraved chart 14" x 17" on a huge sheet of crisp surveyor's paper in total 20" x 26". Assumed to be the first edition. <br></br> Not an electrotype copy. This engraving was printed from the original hand-engraved copper plate. Evidence of a wide platemark. Price 15 cents when issued. <br></br> This chart of Point Sal is unlike most Coast Survey charts we have handled. It is on quality oversize paper and has not been folded into a Coast Survey atlas (nor was it printed for that purpose). The chart does not carrry the caveat at upper right "Electrotype Copy No. X". Based on that as well as by the markings on other items purchased in the same sales lot we feel there is a high probability that the chart was a surplus proof and or reference file copy of the U.S.G.S. The date appears at bottom left along with the map number "660", both to facilitate searching a the files. Chart no. 660.
3583Rare U.S. Coast Survey chart of Humboldt Bay, California.DetailsU.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey1867
Humboldt Bay, California
U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey
1867
LOC:63
$475.00U-S--Coast-and-Geodetic-SurveyHumboldt-Bay--CaliforniaRare and extremely attractive U.S. Coast Survey separately-published chart of Humboldt Bay, California. For the collector of California cartography, a very special chart of Humboldt Bay which lies on the Pacific Coast of California just below the town of Eureka, CA. With a elevation profile view of Red Bluff Entrance to Humboldt Bay as it then appeared from 2 1/2 miles offshore and a small-scale chart of the entire Humboldt Bay environs. Second edition. Dated 1852 but probably printed around 1867. MS chart number in margin "632". <br></br> Towns shown include Humboldt, Eureka and Bucksport. Other features include the site of a proposed lighthouse and a beacon, Elk River, Indian Island, and Howard House in Humboldt. <br></br> This plate is not from the common 1867 Report of the Superintendent of the United States Coast Survey. The chart is an original copper-plate engraved chart 14" x 17" on a huge sheet of crisp surveyor's paper 20" x 26". Not an electrotype copy. This engraving was printed from the original hand-engraved copper plate. Evidence of a wide platemark. Price when issued 15 cents. <br></br> This chart of Humboldt Bay is unlike most Coast Survey charts we have handled. It is on crisp oversize paper and has not been folded into a Coast Survey atlas (nor was it printed for that purpose). The chart does not carrry the caveat at upper right "Electrotype Copy No. X". Based on that as well as by the markings on this chart and other items purchased in the same sales lot we feel there is a high probability that the chart was a surplus proof and or reference file copy of the U.S.G.S.
3667Chart of Suisun Bay, California.DetailsU.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey1867
Fine antique chart of Suisun Bay, California
U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey
1867
LOC:63
$800.00U-S--Coast-and-Geodetic-SurveyFine-antique-chart-of-Suisun-Bay--CaliforniaVery attractive scarce antique engraved chart of Suisun Bay, California northwest of San Francisco Bay. Key features include Grizzly Island, Van Sickle's Island, Chipp's Island, Sherman Island, the Carquines Straits, and the towns of Antioch, Benicia and Martinez. <br></br> Rare U.S. Coast Survey separately published chart of Suisun Bay, California. For the collector of California cartography, a very special chart of Suisun Bay which lies at the confluence of the Sacramento and San Joaquin Rivers, forming the entrance to the Sacramento–San Joaquin River Delta. Dated within to 1867. With fine detail of interior topography. Assumed to be the first edition. <br></br> The map covers from Benicia and the Karquines Strait in the west as far as Sherman Island in the east and from Grizzly Island south to the San Joaquin River. Includes countless depth soundings in feet, detailed notes on tides. Several towns and cities are identified, including Martinez, Benicia, and Collinsville. <br></br> This plate is not from the common 1867 Report of the Superintendent of the United States Coast Survey. The chart is an original copper-plate engraved chart 32" x 17" on a huge sheet of crisp surveyor's paper 30" x 40". Not an electrotype copy. This engraving was printed from the original hand-engraved copper plate. Evidence of a wide platemark. Price 75 cents when issued. <br></br> This chart of Suisun Bay is unlike most Coast Survey charts we have handled. It is on crisp oversize paper and has not been folded into a Coast Survey atlas (nor was it printed for that purpose). The chart does not carrry the caveat at upper right "Electrotype Copy No. X". Based on that as well as by the markings on this chart and other items purchased in the same sales lot we feel there is a high probability that the chart was a surplus proof and or reference file copy of the U.S.G.S.
840Sea chart of the California coast From Humboldt Bay to San DiegoDetailsBritish Admiralty Hydrographical Office1868
Antique Admiralty Nautical Chart of San Diego Bay to Cape Mendocino California
British Admiralty Hydrographical Office
1868
LOC:63
$3,000.00British-Admiralty-Hydrographical-OfficeAntique-Admiralty-Nautical-Chart-of-San-Diego-Bay-to-Cape-Mendocino-CaliforniaLarge antique British Admiralty sea chart of the California coast extending from Humboldt Bay and Cape Mendocino in the North, trending southeast past San Francisco Bay and Monterey Bay to San Diego, California. Lighthouses are picked out with red dots highlighted in yellow. <br></br> Contains fifteen coastal elevation views with some of the most stunning coastal scenery in the world including the Big Sur area. These carefully engraved coastal elevations include: Cape Mendocino, Point Arena, Pt. Reyes, Entrance to San Francisco Bay, Point Piedras, Point Ano Nuevo, South Farallon Lighthouse, Point Sur, Moro Rock, Point Arguilla, Pt. Conception, Point Loma, Catalina Harbor, and the Point of Boundary between the United States and Mexico. <br></br> First published by the Admiralty from London in April 1858 under the superintendence of Royal Navy Hydrographer Captain Washington. This edition of the scarce nautical chart was printed with corrections to July 1868. <br></br> Sold by J.D. Potter Agent for The Admiralty, 31 Poultry and 11 King Street Tower Hill.
834Antique nautical chart of West U.S.: San Francisco to Umpqua RiverDetailsU.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey1869
Western Coast of U.S. from San Francisco to Umpquah (Umpqua) River
U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey
1869
LOC:63
$675.00U-S--Coast-and-Geodetic-SurveyWestern-Coast-of-U-S--from-San-Francisco-to-Umpquah-(Umpqua)-RiverVery attractive antique nautical chart of the <b>western coast of California</b> focused on the Pacific coastline between <b>San Francisco, California</b> and the Umpqua River, Oregon. This scarce, rolled, separately issued chart, corrected to 1869, was first published in 1854 by the U.S. Coast Survey. Noted habitations and geographical features include Empire City, Koos Bay, and Port Orford or Ewing Harbor, Oregon; Crescent City, Reddings Rock, Eureka, Mendocino City, Haven's Anchorage, Bodega Bay, Pt. Reyes, Alcatraz Island, Oakland, Alameda, Union City and San Francisco Bay, California. Numerous soundings, navigational hazards, and aids to navigation are identified. <br></br> This antique sea chart is enlivened with twelve attractive hand-colored <b>inset coastal elevation views</b> including: the Entrance to San Francisco Bay, Point Arena, Mendocino City Cove, Trinidad Head and City, Cape Mendocino, Red Bluff Entrance to Humboldt Bay, Point St. George, Mack's Arch and Reef, Rogues River, Cape Blanco, and Cape Gregory. <br></br> This is a scarce, separately issued, rolled nautical chart of the U.S. West Coast, not the more common folded version on thin paper that was issued with other charts in an annual report to Congress from the Coast Survey. <br></br> This chart was printed in 1869 from an electrotype-printed copy of the original hand-engraved copper plate. Electrotype printing is a process the U.S. Coast Survey adopted around 1850. As a soft medium, copper plates could only withstand print runs of perhaps 200 copies before the plates wore down. To enable larger print runs, a mold of the original plate was created in wax or another soft medium. Then, using an electro-chemical processs ( electrotyping ), the mold was coated with a metal layer, typically copper. Printers were then able to produce output from the new electrotype copper copy, while preserving the original. Electrotype copy no. 6 by Mathiot.
3627Rare harbor chart of Trinidad Harbor, in Humboldt County, California.DetailsU.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey1873
Antique Chart of Trinidad Harbor, California Humboldt County
U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey
1873
LOC:10
$200.00U-S--Coast-and-Geodetic-SurveyAntique-Chart-of-Trinidad-Harbor--California-Humboldt-CountyRare harbor chart of Trinidad Harbor, in Humboldt County, California. With an attractive coastal elevation view of Trinidad Head, Prisoner's Rock and the entrance to the harbor as seen from offshore. Contains sailing directions, tide tables, notes and more. We are unable to find this item online or on AMPR! <br></br> Manuscript notations and ink stamp by the U.S. Geological Survey are unusual and point to the authenticity and age of this chart.
4925Maps of Slate Creek Basin in Sierra County, California.DetailsU.S. Geological Survey1873
Pair of mining maps for Slate Creek Basin, California
U.S. Geological Survey
1873
LOC:13
$270.00U-S--Geological-SurveyPair-of-mining-maps-for-Slate-Creek-Basin--CaliforniaTwo rare original antique mining maps of the northern and southern part of Slate Creek Basin in Sierra County California. Both maps show placer mine (stream-bed mining) locations with company names, Chinese mining camps, tunnel locations, hydraulic mines, dwelling houses, waterways and proposed tunnels. <br /><br /> Shows many ditches and labeled wagon roads including the "wagon road from La Port to Queen City." <br /><br /> Mining companies include Yankee Hill Placer Mines, Maria Hartman Company, Alturas Gold Mining Company, Indian Queen Company, and Poverty Point Placer Mines.
3680Antique blueback nautical chart from California's post gold-rush era.DetailsJames Imray and Son1876
West Coast of North America from San Blas to San Francisco
James Imray and Son
1876
LOC:0
$2,400.00James-Imray-and-SonWest-Coast-of-North-America-from-San-Blas-to-San-FranciscoSpectacular and large blueback nautical chart from <b>California's post Gold-Rush era</b> . Published five years before the establishment of the San Francisco Stock Exchange at 312 California Street, this antique sea-faring chart documents all the ports, harbors, and towns along the west coast of North America from Mendocino City, CA. to past Cabo Corrientes, Mexico and includes the Baja Peninsula with full coverage of all the areas surrounding <b>Cabo San Lucas</b> and <b>Mazatlan</b>, MX. <br></br> This blueback chart contains numerous inset charts including: San Francisco Bay; Santa Barbara; Bodega Bay; San Diego Bay; Ballena Bay; Mangles Road; San Jose del Cabo Bay; Tomales Bay; Magdalena Bay; San Lucas Bay; Mazatlan. <br></br> Verso consists of the original blue-paper backing as issued to strengthen the chart for its expected hard life at sea. Also on the verso is the orginal yellow publisher's label from the Imray firm that reads "COAST OF CALIFORNIA. James Imray and Son. London. Chart 135." <br></br> Due to changing conditions charts could become outdated quickly and it was important for mariners to understand the accuracy of their navigational charts. The British Admiralty and later the U.S. Coast Survey responded by recording the dates of each update on the map, in some cases maintaining a historical record of updates spanning many decades. Private publishers of sea charts fulfilled the same need by providing the date of the last update with an inked overstamp.
5239Thematic map Coastwise Commerce North of San Francisco for 1878.DetailsU.S. Army Engineers1878
Early U.S. Flow Map Tonnage Chart of Coastwise Commerce
U.S. Army Engineers
1878
LOC:3
$320.00U-S--Army-EngineersEarly-U-S--Flow-Map-Tonnage-Chart-of-Coastwise-CommerceScarce thematic <b>flow map</b> of the United States west coast: California, Oregon, and Washington. An early institutional example of a "flow map" used for the U. S. Government. The flow map was first used less than 40 years earlier by Charles-Joseph Minard after his earlier formative use line width to display the attrition of French troops during Napoleon's Russian campaign of 1812. <br></br> <div class="indenttextblocksingle"> The chart shows the volume (tonnage) of maritime trade from all points south of San Francisco to ports along the U.S. West Coast. The use for the chart was to support the decision-making process for selecting a new harbor of refuge and breakwater on the Pacific Ocean between the Strait of Juan de Fuca and San Francisco. <br></br> Tonnage Chart of Coastwise Commerce North of San Francisco -California <br></br> From "Harbor of Refuge on the Pacific Coast Appendix PP of the Annual report to the Chief of Engineers for 1881. Washington: Government Printing Office. 1881.
4927Antique nautical chart of Monterey  CaliforniaDetailsU.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey1880
Scarce antique Chart of Monterey Harbor California
U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey
1880
LOC:63
$750.00U-S--Coast-and-Geodetic-SurveyScarce-antique-Chart-of-Monterey-Harbor-CaliforniaElectrotype copy of the chart of Monterey Harbor with a fine engraved coastal elevation view of Point Pinos from 5 miles seaward. Includes sailing directions. Chart number 5491. First issued 1852 but ca. 1880. <br></br> This is a scarce, separately issued, rolled hydrographic chart of the California coast, first published in 1852, not one of the common folded versions on thin paper that were issued with other charts in an annual report to Congress from the Coast Survey. <br></br> This antique chart was printed from an electrotype copy of the original hand-engraved copper plate, a process the U.S. Coast Survey adopted around 1850. As a soft medium, copper plates could only withstand print runs of perhaps 200 copies before the plates wore down. To enable larger print runs, a mold of the original plate was created in wax or another soft medium. Then, using an electro-chemical process ( electrotyping ), the mold was coated with a metal layer, typically copper. Printers were then able to produce output from the new electrotype copper copy, while preserving the original. <br></br> Electrotype copy no. 3. Sheet size 27"x24". Logo of the Coast Survey Office. Price when issued 15 cents.
4790Antique map with names and boundaries of North American native tribes.DetailsBancroft, Hubert Howe1883
Native races of the Pacific states New Mexican group
Bancroft, Hubert Howe
1883
LOC:77
$70.00Bancroft--Hubert-HoweNative-races-of-the-Pacific-states-New-Mexican-groupShows the names and lands of the Native American Indians. Covers the full extent of the Baja California peninsula, the Sea of Cortez, parts of Texas, Mexico, Arizona and New Mexico. Places Cape (Cabo) San Lucas at the tip of the Baja peninsula. Native tribes placed in their geographical context include the Guanicuris, Cochimis, Yuma, Papago, Comanche, Zuni, Navajo and many more. <br></br> From Bancroft's "The Native Races of the Pacific States of North America." Includes land formations, political boundaries, and rivers.
1361Antique nautical chart of the West Coast of the United States.DetailsDepot de la Marine1886
Antique chart of the United States West Coast
Depot de la Marine
1886
LOC:0
$550.00Depot-de-la-MarineAntique-chart-of-the-United-States-West-CoastLarge folding nautical chart of the West Coast of the United States from past San Diego, California in the South to Queen Charlotte Sound and Moresby Island in British Columbia, Canada. Published by France's Depot de la Marine in 1862 but this edition with essential corrections dates to 1886. <br></br> With owners overstamps from the Library of Canadian Energy, Mines, and Resources Department in 1969 and 1976. Chart Number 1979.
3663Plat map of Coronado Heights Subdivision.DetailsAnonymous1891
Antique lot plan of Coronado Heights in San Diego County
Anonymous
1891
LOC:88
$210.00AnonymousAntique-lot-plan-of-Coronado-Heights-in-San-Diego-CountyPlat map of Coronado Heights Subdivision in San Diego County, California produced a year after Coronado residents voted to incorporate. Shows the grounds for the Hotel de Coronado, completed in 1888, at that time the largest resort hotel in the world. <br></br> Includes a boulevard to Coronado Beach as well as the tracks for the Coronado Railway, a street railway system to carry a 50-seat excursion car and steam locomotive. With notes indicating the size of blocks and street width.
339Antique chart of Entrance to San Francisco Bay CaliforniaDetailsU.S. Geological Survey1892
Entrance to San Francisco Bay
U.S. Geological Survey
1892
LOC:3
$140.00U-S--Geological-SurveyEntrance-to-San-Francisco-BaySmall antique lithographed chart of the Entrance to San Francisco Bay. The chart, from the U.S. Geological Survey, is derived from a U.S. Coast Survey chart and overlaid with hachured topographic details. Lighthouses, soundings, life saving stations and navigational aids are shown. Water shown in blue. Some of the features include the Golden Gate (entrance to the bay), Ballenas Bay, Alcatraz Island, San Bruno, Point Lobos, and Pt. San Pedro. <BR> </BR> Produced for the U.S. Geological Survey Thirteenth Annual Report. Produced by George S. Harris Lithographers, Philadelphia. Plate 45.
5014Topographical Map of the Island of Santa Catalina, California.DetailsHealey, Charles T.1893
Scarce map of Catalina Island after Coast Survey
Healey, Charles T.
1893
LOC:77
$375.00Healey--Charles-T-Scarce-map-of-Catalina-Island-after-Coast-SurveyScarce topographical Map of the Island of Santa Catalina in part from the U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey 1893. Map is glued down to cover. <br></br> Folded on thin paper. Part of a scarce photo brochure "Souvenir of Catalina Island, California ca. 1895. Binding secured by ribbon through two punched holes at left. <br></br> With the route for Wilmington Transportation Company's Steamship Line.
2499Map of Sacramento, California.DetailsCram, George F.1898
Antique Sacramento, California steet map
Cram, George F.
1898
LOC:3
$60.00Cram--George-F-Antique-Sacramento--California-steet-mapAn interesting and detailed late 19th-century map of Sacramento, California. This map of Sacramento shows the major streets, rivers, parks, cemeteries, railroads and more. Named points of interest include Lake Sutter, the Old Channel, Agriculture Park, Capitol Park, East Park, City Cemetery, Catholic Cemetery, Helvetia Cemetery, and Snowflake Park. Most of the city east of 32nd street and north of Y Avenue was undeveloped at that time. <br></br> From Cram's 1898 Universal Atlas - Geographical, Astronomical and Historical.
5039Single page folding booklet about the Great San Francisco Fire.DetailsSouthern Pacific Company1906
San Francisco The Imperishable map 1906 earthquake fire
Southern Pacific Company
1906
LOC:63
$450.00Southern-Pacific-CompanySan-Francisco-The-Imperishable-map-1906-earthquake-fireSingle page folding booklet about the Great San Francisco Fire and Earthquake of 1906. Scarce. With a map of the burned area by Allan Dunn and two panoramic photographs on the verso. Map size is 10" x 15". Published by Southern Pacific Company, Passenger Department. <br></br> One source states that the booklet was an instance of disinformation. <div class="indenttextblock"> "Southern Pacific Railroad Co. was aggressive in its attempt to rewrite the history of the San Francisco earthquake and fire. As part of that campaign, the publicity department of the railroad churned out hundreds of articles like this to highlight the damage from fire, and minimize the effects of the earthquake; to "set the record straight," as one piece of SP literature put it." <br></br> "Note how his article casually dismisses the earthquake in San Francisco and surrounding communities, and stresses that the worst results from the tremor were outside the city. " (Source: Virtual Museum of the City of San Francisco. http://www.sfmuseum.org/conflag/imperish.html) </div>
4902Birdseye view of the Bay of San Francisco and Napa Valley.DetailsMonticello Steamship Company1907
Antique Birdseye View of San Francisco and Napa Valley Monticello Steamship Company
Monticello Steamship Company
1907
LOC:0
$350.00Monticello-Steamship-CompanyAntique-Birdseye-View-of-San-Francisco-and-Napa-Valley-Monticello-Steamship-CompanyAntique birds-eye view of the Bay of San Francisco and Napa Valley. "On the Bay of San Francisco from the Monticello Steamship Company". Scarce with this view. <br></br> Copyright 1907 by Monticello Steamship Company. <br></br> With steamship routes and electric railroad routes to and through: Vallejo The U.S. Navy Yard Mare Island Napa Valley Route <br></br> Card cover and four inner pages. With Information on fares, steamship and electric Railroad Routes Size closed: 4" x 9 1/2". By Sierra Art and Engineering Co. S.E.
3693Fine blueprint topo map of Pebble Beach, CA made in 1909.DetailsHunter, T.B.1909
Large antique blueprinted map of Pebble Beach, Califonia
Hunter, T.B.
1909
LOC:0
$1,800.00Hunter--T-B-Large-antique-blueprinted-map-of-Pebble-Beach--CalifoniaFine large rolled 5' original antique cyanotype (blueprint) map (20 sq. ft.) of Pebble Beach, CA made in 1909, almost ten years before the opening of the famed Pebble Beach golf course. The earliest reasonably obtainable and the largest cyanotype cadastral map of Pebble Beach, CA. <br></br> Ironically, on this map the area now partly occupied by the golf course is marked "Reserved for Public Use". Pebble Beach Lodge is shown centered within Lot 123, a parcel of 9.487 acres. Locations that are shown but not named include Arrowhead Point, Pescadero Canyon, and Stillwater Cove. <br></br> Data for each lot include the lot number, metes and bounds (bearing and length of all lines bisecting each physical property marker stake), and acreage. <br></br> Includes Seventeen-Mile Drive and Carmel Bay. Monterey County. Shows topography with contour intervals of 10 feet. <br></br> Surveyed by T.B. Hunter, C.E. and drawn by T.F. Rogers. <br></br> North is oriented to upper right. <br></br> (Note: Yellow straight-edge rules shown are 48" long.)
1120Large folding map or bird's-eye view of San Francisco.DetailsBull, W.H.1911
Antique Birdseye View Map of San Francisco
Bull, W.H.
1911
LOC:205
$675.00Bull--W-H-Antique-Birdseye-View-Map-of-San-FranciscoScarce large antique map or bird's-eye view of San Francisco, California showing the street layout as it existed in 1911. A search of the Internet finds no map with by Bulland title. Suggest you verify. <br></br> Key at bottom lists 31 points of interest including the Union Ferry Depot, the Southern Pacific Depot, St. Francis Hotel, Mission Dolores and locations of nine churches. Other labeled features include the Presidio, Fort Miley Park, Golden Gate Park, Buena Vista Park, Twin Peaks, Cliff House, and Telegraph Hill. Ferry routes are shown from the Union Ferry Depot to numerous points including Sacramento, Alameda, Oakland, and Berkeley, California. <br></br> Published after the great earthquake and subsequent fire of 1906 the map was issued by the California General Committee of the 13th International Sunday School Convention (June 20-27, 1911) to registrants at the convention. Verso contains photos and descriptions of regional points of interest. <br></br> San Francisco commercial artist William Howell Bull (1861-1940) was a Bull’s colorful illustrations graced the pages of books and magazines of the early 1900s. His work can also be found in the pages of the University of California yearbook, the Blue and Gold via Anthony Bruce and Facebook. <br></br> Bull moved to California from New York in the late 1800s. In 1893, Bull organized a trip with three other men to explore and sketch the south fork of Kings River. In 1901, Bull became a resident of San Mateo where he lived for the rest of his life and a year later co-founded the California Society of Artists as an alternative to the earlier established San Francisco Art Association. Around 1915, he worked as a commercial artist for the Southern Pacific Railroad, and also provided illustrations to Pacific Electric, Sunset magazine, and Stanford University. Bull’s rare landscape paintings typically feature scenic areas in Northern California.
52911921 cadastral map of the Beasley Ranch, San Luis Obispo, California.DetailsParsons, A.F.1921
Unrecorded cyanotype plat Beasley Ranch San Luis Obispo, California
Parsons, A.F.
1921
LOC:3
$475.00Parsons--A-F-Unrecorded-cyanotype-plat-Beasley-Ranch-San-Luis-Obispo--CaliforniaUnrecorded cyanotype (blueprint) cadastral map of the Beasley Ranch in San Luis Obispo County, California. In 1921 the Beasley Ranch was owned by R.K. Smith. Manuscript outline coloring to differentiate the Beasley Ranch in yellow, from property owned by Eckstine in red. <br></br> The Beasley Ranch, at the junction of the Nacimiento River and Burnett Creek, was named for William F. Beasley, a native Californian from Mariposa County, CA. Neighboring property is recorded for Joshua Wood, Alice Lynch, Luther Hester, Sands, Harris, Wheeler, Knox, Eckstine, and others. <br></br> Survey of the Beasley Ranch was conducted by Austin F. Parsons in October, 1921. Parsons (b. 1853), was San Luis Obispo County Surveyor from 1902 to 1930. Parsons was the Civil Engineer for numerous area bridges including the California Canyon Bridge and San Juan Bridge. <br></br> Scale 1" = 40 chains ( 1/2 mile). T.25S R.8E.
586Compact folding map of Humboldt County, CaliforniaDetailsBelcher Abstract and Title Company1922
Belcher's Pocket Map of Humboldt County, California
Belcher Abstract and Title Company
1922
LOC:0
$275.00Belcher-Abstract-and-Title-CompanyBelcher-s-Pocket-Map-of-Humboldt-County--CaliforniaCompact folding topographic map of Humboldt County, California from 1922. Self-described as "The only accurate map of the County ever made". Contains a detailed record of drainage, railroads, settlements, roads, trails, section and township lines. Copyright 1922. <br></br> With an attached intact folding greenish-brown card-stock cover. Size when folded is approx. 4 1/2" W x 5 1/2" H. Price when sold $1.00. Compiled by the Belcher Abstract and Title Company of Eureka California.
4818Blueprint for San Francisco Market Street Railway Company "Dinky".DetailsMarket Street Railway Company1925
Fillmore Hill "Dinky" Streetcar Blueprint
Market Street Railway Company
1925
LOC:0
$600.00Market-Street-Railway-CompanyFillmore-Hill-"Dinky"-Streetcar-BlueprintRare find! An original, authentic blueprint diagram from 1925 for a <b>Market Street Railway Company streetcar</b>. That is a San Francisco, Ca. streetcar, number 649! <br></br> The blueprint still carries the MS index number, 755, in red crayon, that would have been used to uniquely identify the blueprint and to tie it to a set of specifications. This type of streetcar was known to have a rough ride because unlike larger cars, "single-truck" streetcars had only one set of four wheels. <br></br> Rectangular purple ink stamp on verso for "Market Street Railway Company | Aug 29, 1925 | Blue Print Room". Number M.M. 3013. <br></br> Title reads: "Market Street Railway Company. M.M. Department. Body Dimensions of Fillmore Hill Cars after Reconstruction. Overall length 26' 3.5". <br> Overall Width 8' 0" ". 8/24/25. <br></br> <img src="/ZoomifyImages/SC_4818/MarketStreetCar621.jpg" alt="Market Street Railway Co. "Dinky" Fillmore Hill streetcar.")" width="300" align="left" style="margin: 0px 20px"> </img> <br /> <br /> Some of the literature refers to this 26 foot long diminutively-sized street-car as a "Dinky". In its general dimensions and rolling equipment, our blueprint is very similar to car 578, built in 1896, one of the first generation of San Francisco's electric streetcars. Today, number 578 is stated to be the, "world’s oldest streetcar still on the active roster of an urban transit agency." <br></br> The Market Street Railway Company began on July 4, 1860 with a steam railway. After a series of mergers and sales, the company was acquired by Standard Gas & Power Company in late 1925. <br></br> Sources: https://www.kalw.org/post/how-muni-s-oldest-streetcar-survived-122-years-become-san-francisco-s-sweetheart#stream/0 <BR/> Vielbaum, Hoffman, Ute, Townley. San Francisco's Market Street Railway. Charleston. Arcadia Pub. 2004.
4819Blueprint for San Francisco Market Street Railway Company streetcar.DetailsMarket Street Railway Company1925
San Francisco Streetcar Blueprint
Market Street Railway Company
1925
LOC:62
$375.00Market-Street-Railway-CompanySan-Francisco-Streetcar-BlueprintAn original, authentic blueprint diagram from 1925 for a <b>Market Street Railway Company</b> "double-truck" (2 sets of wheels) streetcar. San Francisco, California. Scarce. The blueprint still carries the manuscript engineering index number, 907, in red crayon, that would have been used to uniquely identify the blueprint and to tie it to a set of specifications. <br></br> Title reads: "Market Street Railway Company. M.M. Department. Body Design & Seating Arrangement of Cars 266-285, 286-305, 779-808. Drawing number M.M. 3005. 8/24/25." Overall length including bumpers was 47'. <br></br> <figure> <img src="/ZoomifyImages/SC_4819/Market_Street_Railway_Co_car_285.jpg" alt="Market Street Railway Company 47' streetcar number 285)" width="300" align="left" style="margin: 0px 20px"> <figcaption> <div style="text-align:center;font-size: 80%">Streetcar number 285.</div> </figcaption> </figure> <br></br> The Market Street Railway Company began operating on July 4, 1860 with a steam railway. After a series of mergers and sales, the company was acquired by Standard Gas & Power Company in late 1925. <br></br> Source: Vielbaum, Hoffman, Ute, Townley. San Francisco's Market Street Railway. Charleston. Arcadia Pub. 2004.
1338Nautical chart of lower Baja California and Gulf of CortezDetailsBritish Admiralty Hydrographical Office1926
Chart of Lower Baja California, Cabo San Lucas, to Manzanilla Bay
British Admiralty Hydrographical Office
1926
LOC:0
$325.00British-Admiralty-Hydrographical-OfficeChart-of-Lower-Baja-California--Cabo-San-Lucas--to-Manzanilla-BayAmazing, clean, authentic British nautical chart of lower Baja Peninsula and west coastal Mexico with Sinaloa, Jalisco and the Sea of Cortez. Heading southward this popular and highly attractive chart covers from San Ignaciao Bay to Manzanillo Bay. This large chart will make a very attractive, unusual, and affordable gift for anyone with an interest in fishing or boating in the vicinity of Baja California. Thousands of depth soundings and numerous well-known fishing spots are noted including: San Jaime Bank, Golden Gate Bank, Outer Gorda Bank, Finger Bank, and Morgan Bank. Two inset profile views at top of the Baja Californa coast as seen from offshore near Las Animas. <br></br> Later edition of a British Admiralty chart first engraved and published from London in 1879; this edition to 1916 and the last corrections made in 1926. Coverage includes the lower Baja California Peninsula and Gulf of California (Sea of Cortez) from Las Animas to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, Mazatlan, Cape Corrientes, and on to Manzanillo Bay. Contains detailed names of the numerous rivers, lights, capes, and bays surrounding the Baja Peninsula. Includes the Revillagigedo Archipelago. <br></br> Bold dark lithographed print retains the cartographic look and style of the late 19th century. More recent charts do not display the character of this beauty. Logo of the British Hydrographical Office at top of the title block. Originally published from London on April 9, 1879 but the edition of 1916 with corrections to 1926. Number 2323.
4861Pre-depression era map of Catalina Island in the Pacific Ocean.DetailsEdwards, Ham1929
Antique Map Catalina Island, California Depression-era
Edwards, Ham
1929
LOC:13
$150.00Edwards--HamAntique-Map-Catalina-Island--California-Depression-eraFine pre-depression-era brochure with a bright pictorial map of Catalina Island in the Pacific Ocean, off the coast of Long Beach, California. Published by Wilmington Transportation Company who offered steamer services from the Catalina Steamer Terminal to Catalina Island from Los Angeles, Long Beach, and Pasadena. <br></br> Included in a six-page brochure with things to do, rates for trips and ferry service, photographs, and advertisements for local hotels including the "Largest one floor hotel in the world with 1250 rooms." Map predates the Great Crash of October 1929 by three months. <br></br> Drawn by "Ham" Edwards - Art Services.
1418Old pictorial map of the State of California.DetailsJohst, Paul Spener1931
California Pictorial Map
Johst, Paul Spener
1931
LOC:0
$85.00Johst--Paul-SpenerCalifornia-Pictorial-MapPictorial map of the State of California in a cartoon-like style. Depicts transportation, chief industries (film-making, asparagus farming), nature, and recreations for the state in an exaggerated, stereotyped manner. Legend identifies 5 locations within California: Yosemite National Park, San Francissco, Oakland, Los Angeles, and San Diego. Catalina Island is identified by name. Page 181. <br></br> Verso with text extolling the virtues of California's natural wonders and its agriculture. <br></br> From "Picture Map Geography of the United States" by Vernon Quinn. With Picture Maps by Paul Spener Johst. Publisher: Frederick A. Stokes Company. New York. 1931. Some picture maps in the book contain depictions that today might be considered politically incorrect or even racist.
726 San Francisco Bar Pilots pocket reference and tide tablesDetailsSan Francisco Bar Pilots1944
San Francisco Bar Pilots Tide Tables 1944
San Francisco Bar Pilots
1944
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$90.00San-Francisco-Bar-PilotsSan-Francisco-Bar-Pilots-Tide-Tables-1944Very cool pocket reference book issued by the San Francisco Bar Pilots in 1944, while the U.S.A. was still deeply invloved in WWII. Card stock cover with photos of two of three pilot vessels working that port, both with sails: California #7, and the well-known schooner Gracie-S. #3. The Gracie-S was built by Union Iron Works of San Francisco and delivered to her original owners in December 1893 . She was 86 gross tons and 83 ft in length at the waterline, a rather large vessel for a pilot boat, but stong and comfortable with a total of twelve berths. This booklet shows she was still in service more than 50 years later. (Source: Pilots: Pilot Schooners of North America and Great Britain. Tom Cunliffe Ed. WoodenBoat publications. Brooklin, Maine. 2001. pp. 225-229.) <br></br> Contents include information on: sunrise and sunset times, pier locations in San Francisco, bridge heights, distances between ports, whistle calls and telephone numbers for harbor tug, tow boat, customs office, etc., names, addresses and home telephone numbers for all the bar pilots, tide tables, and a map at the center showing the channel back into San Pablo Bay and Suisun Bay. <br></br> The <a href="http://sfbarpilots.com/">San Francisco Bar Pilots web site</a> notes that the pilots of that organization have performed a demanding job guiding vessels in that challenging environment for more than 1.5 centuries: <div class="indenttextblock">For more than 160 years, the San Francisco Bar Pilots have been guiding the world’s largest ships through some of North America’s most difficult waterways. Every day, the state-licensed Bar Pilots navigate commercial ships to and from the nine ports within San Francisco Bay and the Port of Monterey… With extreme care, the Bar Pilots deliver passengers, agricultural products, manufactured goods and hazardous materials throughout the Bay as far south as Redwood City, and as far inland as the Ports of Stockton and Sacramento.</div>
4711Pictorial birds-eye view of Avalon on Catalina Island, California.DetailsLister, James Wren1948
Avalon, Catalina Island, California Pictorial Map
Lister, James Wren
1948
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$300.00Lister--James-WrenAvalon--Catalina-Island--California-Pictorial-MapVery cool pictorial mid-century birds-eye view of the town of Avalon on Catalina Island off the coast of Los Angeles, California. This original view of Avalon contains numerous named roads including Pebbly Beach Road, Wrigley Road, Chimes Road, Whittley Ave., and Metropole. Key facilities noted include a casino; Chimes Tower; the steamer pier and pleasure pier; Christian Science Church; country club; bird park; ballpark; and post office. Map is surrounded by vignettes typical to the area including ships, flying fish, a seaplane, and numerous recreational activities. <br></br> Verso contains a two-page directory of Catalina island businesses with telephone numbers and a large map of the entire island of Santa Catalina, CA. A sampling of the businesses listed includes: "Archie's Sip and Bite", "Scari's Cocktail Lounge", "Amphibian Air Transport", "Las Casitas Bungalows" and "Catalina Pin-Ups". The town directory is surrounded by small images of the signs of local business. <br></br> James Wren Lister (1897-1952) was born in England but settled in Los Angeles in 1925. Published by the L.C.B. Co. P.O. Box 146, Avalon, California.
5024Scarce tract map of lots for sale in Borrego Springs, California.DetailsBorrego Springs Land and Development Company1953
Scarce Borrego Springs California Sales Map
Borrego Springs Land and Development Company
1953
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$550.00Borrego-Springs-Land-and-Development-CompanyScarce-Borrego-Springs-California-Sales-MapScarce tract map of lots for sale in Borrego Springs, California ca. 1953 before construction was completed on the Catholic Church. With an inset smaller-scale humorous pictorial map of the region around Borrego Springs, in San Diego County. <br></br> Today Borrego Springs is designated as a Dark Sky Community, the only community in California with that designation and one of only 22 locations in the world to have the designation. Not dated, not attributed.
5260Pictorial map  / poster of Venice, California from 1979.DetailsStanton, Jeffrey1979
Large pictorial map of Venice, California
Stanton, Jeffrey
1979
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$375.00Stanton--JeffreyLarge-pictorial-map-of-Venice--CaliforniaLarge and amusing pictorial map of Venice, California by Jeffrey Stanton, businessman and artist. First edition. <br></br> Copyright 1979. Artwork by C. June Barton and R. Greenway Frager.
4799La Jolla, California privately-published pictorial chart.DetailsGlantz, Dale A.1985
Bathymetry and landmarks La Jolla, San Diego, California
Glantz, Dale A.
1985
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$375.00Glantz--Dale-A-Bathymetry-and-landmarks-La-Jolla--San-Diego--CaliforniaOriginal privately-published chart of the La Jolla coast. The most easily attainable chart of La Jolla, California from 1985 to combine bathymetry data from the U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey with pictorial images of the landmarks and data regarding coverage of the kelp beds offshore. Designed, printed, and copyrighted 1985 by Dale A. Glanz d.b.a. Daleʾs Ink. Detailed countour intervals of one fathom (six feet). No copies in AMPR or online; limited institutional holding. <br></br> From 1978 to 2005 Dale Glanz is reported to have been employed by Kelco (now ISP Alginates) as Operations Manager/Senior Marine Biologist. Kelco began near San Diego in the late 1920s, harvesting brown seaweed, or kelp, and extracting the algin that is used in countless pharmaceutical, household and food products. <br></br> Shows notable landmarks that could be used to relate one's position to the bathymetry on the chart. Landmarks include a "copper roof mansion", the La Jolla Shores Lifeguard Station, the Summer House Inn, Seville Condominium, Sea World Tower, and Islandia House. Beaches shown include Ocean Beach, Mission Beach, Pacific Beach, Casa Beach, Windandsea Beach. Other noted features include Seal Rock, The Cove, Kellogg Park, Whale View Point, La Jolla Hermosa Park, and the Crystal Pier. <br></br> Shows the La Jolla Canyon and the Scripps Canyon that terminate just offshore of the Scripps Institute of Oceanography. Shading denotes areas with an overlaying canopy of kelp.