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Flemming California
Carl Flemming. "Californien, Oregon, Utah und Neu-Mejico." From Heinrich Berghaus's Vollständiger Universal-Handatlas. Glogau, Germany: C. Flemming, 1854. 15 1/2 x 13 5/8. Lithograph by C. Flemming. Original outline color. Very good condition.

Carl Flemming was the founder of an important German firm located in Berlin and Glogau and this map shows characteristic German detail. Germans were very interested in the western parts of the United States at this time and the atlas from which this map came contained not only two maps of the United States as a whole-one single sheet and one four part map-but also a number of regional maps including this one of the area to the west of the Rocky Mountains. The topography is graphic and begins to show an understanding of the complexity of the ridges, mountains, buttes, etc. between the Rockies and the Sierra Nevadas. The Great Salt Lake is shown, with "Saltlake City od New Jerusalem" indicated, and there is no evidence of the mythical "river of the west," reflecting that Flemming had access to the information brought back by the explorers and emigrants who crossed the Great Basin in the early 1850s. Indian tribes are indicated throughout, as are some of the early trails. The political situation is shown as it existed before the creation of the Washington Territory (1854), with the state of California and three territories--Oregon, Utah and New Mexico--indicated with outline color explained in a color key in the lower left. $475

"A New Map of the State of California, the Territories of Oregon, Washington, Utah & New Mexico." Philadelphia: Thomas, Cowperthwait & Co., 1855. 15 3/8 x 12 3/4. Lithographic transfer from engraved plate. Full original hand color. Full margins. Fine condition. $625

Desilver Western
"A New Map of the State of California, The Territories of Oregon, Washington, Utah & New Mexico." Philadelphia: Charles Desilver, 1856. 16 x 12 3/4. Lithograph. Original hand color. Very good condition.

Charles Desilver, one of the many publishers working in Philadelphia during the mid-nineteenth century, issued an atlas of maps based on the famous Tanner-Mitchell-Cowperthwait series. Desilver used much the same information as originally drawn in the 1840s, but updated the maps with new counties, roads, towns, etc. Here the country west of the Rockies is depicted with the state of California and the rest comprised of just four territories: Washington, Oregon, Utah and New Mexico. Settlement in those territories was quite sparse at the time, with some cities shown, and a number of counties developed in the western part of the northern most territories. The map was issued just after the Gadsden Treaty (1854) so the current southern border with Mexico is depicted. Of note are depictions of the southern route proposed for the Pacific Railroad, the Spanish trail from Santa Fe to Los Angeles, the routes of Lewis & Clark and Fremont, and the Oregon Trail. Forts are indicated, as are the territories of various Indian tribes. Of interest is the small section entitled "Middle Park," which is shown as part of Utah, but which is currently part of Colorado (the western part of which is shown as part of Kansas Territory. Overall, a terrific and up-to-date map of the western United States. $650

"California." New York: J.H. Colton & Co, 1857. 15 1/2 x 13 3/4. Lithograph. Full original hand-coloring. Very good condition.

In the mid-nineteenth century, the center of map publishing in America moved from Philadelphia to New York. The J.H. Colton publishing firm played a large role in this shift. This map of California, with its fine detail, is a strong example of their successful work. First issued as a pocket map in 1853, this map was one of the first maps of just California and it was very influential in the mapping of the state subsequently. The counties are shown with contrasting pastel shades and rivers, lakes, swamps, and orography is neatly presented. Also of interest are the indications of the early road network in the state. A detailed inset map shows San Francisco. $250

"Johnson's California Territories of New Mexico Arizona Colorado Nevada and Utah." New York: Johnson & Ward, 1863. 17 1/4 x 24 1/4. Lithograph. Full original hand color. Old separation along centerfold and short repaired tears in margins. A pair of light spots in image. Else very good condition. $325

"Johnson's California, with Territories of Utah, Nevada, Colorado, New Mexico, and Arizona." 17 1/4 x 24 1/4. New York: Johnson & Ward, 1864. Lithograph. Full original hand color. With wear at bottom left margin into strap work border. Else, very good condition. $275

"Colton's Map of California, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, Arizona & New Mexico." New York: G.W. and C.B. Colton & Co., 1866. 16 3/4 x 26. Lithograph. Original hand color. Narrow bottom margin. Else, very good condition. $350

"County Map of the State of California." Philadelphia: S. Augustus Mitchell, Jr., 1867. 13 1/2 x 10 3/4. Lithograph (hand colored). With inset of maps of Settlements in the Great Salt Lake Country, Utah. Very good condition. $225

"County Map of the State of California." Philadelphia: S. Augustus Mitchell, Jr., 1872. 21 1/4 x 14 3/4. Lithograph (hand colored). With inset of maps of Northeast portion of San Francisco & San Francisco Bay & Vicinity. Narrow left margin. Very good condition.

The main change in appearance of this edition is the addition of an alternate route for the Southern Pacific Railroad around Tulare Lake. $275

Asher & Adams. "California & Nevada, South Portion." Washington: 1874. 16 1/4 x 23. Lithograph. Original hand color. Short tears and chips in margins, a few just into image. Overall, good condition.

In their atlas of 1874, Asher & Adams included two separate maps of parts of California, reflecting the size and importance of the state and allowing for greater detail; this map shows the southern regions. The Washington cartographic publishing firm presented this information in a clear fashion, and the map has a very attractive, light pastel coloring. $125

"Map of California and Nevada." Chicago: Rand McNally, 1879. 23 1/2 x 19 1/4. Outline hand color. Pocket map printed on thin paper. $325

"California and Nevada." Philadelphia: O.W. Gray & Son, 1881. 26 x 15 3/4. Lithograph. Original hand color. Very good condition.

A large-scale, detailed map of the two states, with impressive information on towns, lakes, rivers, counties, and especially the topography. In 1869, the first continental railroad connected these states with the west, followed in 1883 with Southern Pacific RR. This map shows the region as prospering from the first, but just before the completion of the latter. The rail lines in the states are indicated, including the Central Pacific RR, a railroad running from Los Angeles south to Yuma, and the connection by rail between Sacramento and Los Angeles. Also of interest are the insets of the city of Sacramento, the vicinity of San Francisco, and Yosemite Valley. $175

Arbuckle California
"California." New York: Arbuckle Bros. Coffee Company, 1889. 3 x 5. Chromolithograph by Donaldson Brothers. Very good condition.

A delightful map of California issued in 1889 by the Arbuckle Bros. Coffee Company. This firm was founded by John and Charles Arbuckle of Pittsburgh, PA. They developed a machine to weigh, fill, seal and label coffee in paper packages, which allowed them to become the largest importer and seller of coffee in the world. Their most famous promotional program involved the issuing of several series of small, colorful trading cards, one of which was included in every package of Arbuckle's Coffee. These series included cards with sports, food, historic scenes, and-one of the most popular-maps. The latter cards included not only a map, but also small illustrations "which portrays the peculiarities of the industry, scenery, etc." of the region depicted. This card of California includes vignette scenes of fruit, wine and the Golden Gate. NA

"California." Philadelphia: W.M. Bradley, 1873-89. 22 1/4 x 16 1/2. With inset maps of San Bernadino and San Diego Counties. Decorative border. Very good condition. $200

"California." Chicago: George F. Cram, 1873-93. 18 1/2 x 12. Very good condition. $150

"California." Chicago: Cram, 1873-93. 18 1/2 x 12. Outline color. With decorative border. $135

"California." Chicago: Georege F. Cram, 1893-1909. 18 5/8 x 12. Very good condition. $125

"Map of California." Chicago and New York: George F. Cram. 1907+. 20 x 13 1/2. With inset maps of San Fransisco Bay Area and Southern California. $100

"California." New York: Rand McNally, 1912. 12 3/8 x 9 1/4. With inset maps of San Francisco and Vicinity and Southern California. Very good condition. $75

Rand McNally. "Standard Map of California." (Northern). From Commercial Atlas of America. 1925. 18 3/4 x 26. Key of California railroad lines. With inset map of San Francisco & Vicinity. $85

"Western States Section Rand McNally new Commercial Map of the United States" Chicago: Rand, McNally & Co., 1925. Features from Denver Colorado to the Western Coast. 25 3/4 x 18 1/2. Very good condition. $150

"California." Chicago: Geographical Publishing Co., ca. 1930. 21 x 15 1/4. Chromolithograph. Very good condition. With inset maps of San Francisco & Los Angeles. $80


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