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Western America, Including California and Oregon, with Maps of Those Regions, and of “The Sacramento Valley.” By Charles Wilkes, U.S.N.

Philadelphia: Lea and Blanchard. 1849. 

 

COLLATION: blank leaf, [i-ii] blank, fold. map, [iii] title, [iv] copyright and printer's imprint, v dedication, [vi] blank, vii-viii preface, ix contents, [x] blank, [irregular numbering], [13] 14-32 text, fold. map, 33-80 text, fold. map, 81-130 text. 8¾ x 5½ in. Minor browning to title page. 

BINDING: modern half polished calf over red cloth; spine: gilt title, author and date; new endpapers. Minor scuffing on spine and corners.

MAPS: front., fold: A Correct Map | from Actual Surveys and Examinations | Embracing a Portion of | California | between Monterey and the Prairie Butes [sic] | in the Valley of the | Sacramento | Shewing the | Placeres [sic] | 1849 | Drawn by F. D. Stuart | Soundings in Fathoms. | [below center] Entered according to act of Congress in the year 1849, by Lea & Blanchard, in the Clerk's office of the district court of the Eastern district of Pennsylvania. 23½ x 16½ in.

Facing p. 32: Map | of | Upper California | by the | Best Authorities | 1849. 8½ x 11¾ in. 

Facing p. 80: Map | of the | Oregon Territory | from the | Best Authorities. | 1849 | [lower right] Edwd. Yeager Sc. | [inset] Columbia River | Reduced from a Survey | Made by the | U.S. Ex. Ex. | 1841. 8¼ x 13¼ in. 

 

REFERENCES: Cowan I, p. 249; Cowan II, p. 683; Graff 4656; Holliday 1195; Howell 256; Howes W-416; Norris 4222; Randall 529; Rocq 16162; Sabin 103995; Sloan, Gold Rush, 163; Streeter 3226; Wagner-Camp-Becker 175a:1; Wheat, Books 229; Wheat, Maps 134, 135

 

Commander Wilkes compiled this work from data gathered while he was on the Pacific Coast commanding the United States Exploring Expedition from 1838 to 1842. Capitalizing on the gold discovery, he included a chapter on the mineral region drawn from official reports and his knowledge of the area's geology and his own opinion of gold specimens sent east. The preface was dated February 1, 1849. The map of the Sacramento Valley was an important source of information for gold seekers. Interestingly, the map titled “Map of Upper California” also included what would become Utah, Arizona, New Mexico, and Nevada. Processing and shipping within the continental U.S. $45.00 plus 1.5% replacement cost insurance. 

 

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Estimate: $1,000 - $2,500
Price Realized Including Buyer's Premium
$2,118
09/16/2020

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