SOLD: 1853 United States Coast Survey - City of San Francisco and Its Vicinity

SOLD: 1853 United States Coast Survey map of San Francisco

Title:

City of San Francisco and Its Vicinity

Map maker:

United States Coast Survey

Place and Year:

Washington, D.C., 1853

Dimensions:

45.5 x 64.6 cm (17.9 x 25.4 in)

Technique:

Electrotype

Coloring:

Uncolored

Condition Rating:

VG

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DETAILS

This early plan of the city of San Francisco covers the region from North Point to Mission de Delores and to Point San Quentin. The city plan was derived from a number of sources, including Eddy's official map of the city and the now rare map by Cooke and Le Count, with topography by A.F. Rodgers. The streets are clearly laid out and named with detail down to individual buildings and contour lines at 20 ft. intervals showing elevation. Buildings are shown in black along the streets in both San Francisco and Mission de Dolores, and a Plank Road connects the two communities.

A key indicates sixteen public buildings and fifteen reservoirs and numerous notes describe the soundings and navigational hazards.

CONDITION NOTES

Issued folding and now flattened and backed with tissue to reinforce and repair a number of small separations along the top left fold. Binding trim at lower left has been replaced with old paper with the border drawn in facsimile. Light toning and offsetting.

These condition issues hardly affect the map image, which remains a wonderful historical document of San Francisco's urban layout and development in the momentous years of the Gold Rush.

IDENTIFIER

NL-00043

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