1853 United States Coast Survey - City of San Francisco and Its Vicinity [Master sheet!]
1853 United States Coast Survey steel-engraved mastersheet map of the San Francisco Peninsula
City of San Francisco and Its Vicinity
United States Coast Survey
Washington, D. C., 1853
Steel plate engraving
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.
This example is a very rare master sheet, which was steel-engraved and probably for a maritime or academic use. The paper is long-strand to accommodate the intaglio engraving. Such steel plates were used to create the lithographic impression for the replication and reduction of the map into derivative lithographs and other printings. As such, it is very rare to find these on the market.
Excellent impression on strong, heavy paper. Original finger prints and plate marks visible.