1849 Eddy - Official Map of San Francisco [one of earliest obtainable maps of SF]

1849 Eddy - Official Map of San Francisco [one of earliest obtainable maps of SF]

Eddy's 1849 map -- One of earliest obtainable maps of San Francisco!


Official Map of San Francisco, Compiled From The Field Notes of the Official Re-Survey made by William M. Eddy, Surveyor of the Town of San Francisco, California, 1849 . . .

Map maker:

William Eddy

Place and Year:

Washington, 1849


63.5 x 51 cm (25 x 20 in)





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Important early map of San Francisco, the earliest obtainable map of the city, a wonderful early document of Gold Rush California.

The map shows three small sections in outline color, corresponding to the grants to Senora Briones, the claim of the heirs of Col. J.A. King, and the claim of Senor Pana under a Mexican grant. The streets, original lot numbers, government reserver, Yerba Buena Cemetery, and the earliest wharfs are shown, along with Portsmouth Square and Montgomery Fort.

This map has a title variation from the first issue of 1849, which listed as copyrighted by Henry Reed of New York, drawn by Alex. Zakrzewski, and lithographed by N. Michlin, adn which appeared in Land Titles in California. Wm. Carey Jones. 1850.

The current example was published in: "Report of the Secretary of the Interior, Communicating A Copy of the report of William Carey Jones, special agent to examine the subject of land titles in California. ... January 30, 1851. Ordered to be printed. [Senate.] 31st Congress, 1st Session. Ex. Doc. No. 18. (With) Eddy's Official Map of San Francisco...1849."

William Eddy, surveyor for the town of San Francisco, created this first street map of the city in 1849. Only three years prior to the publication of the map, the United States had taken possession of the portion of California including San Francisco, and the next year, in 1847, an ordinance changed the city’s name from Yerba Buena to San Francisco. That same year, Jasper O'Farrell completed a survey of San Francisco covering 800 acres to Leavenworth and Fourth streets.

Eddy’s map extends the city limits to Larkin, Eighth, and Townsend streets. The next year, California became a state.

Verso Text: Blank


Wear from original use in city report, including soft folds and soiling. A long tear has been expertly back by Japanese tissue paper.




Howes J248; cf Vogdes 231