ONE OF THE RAREST AND MOST IMPORTANT CALIFORNIA GOLD RUSH MAPS

 

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AUTHOR:

GIBBES, CHARLES DRAYTON

TITLE:

A New Map of the Gold Region In California By Charles Drayton Gibbes. From is own and other Recent Surveys & Explorations. 1851. Stockton, Calif.: C. Drayton Gibbes

CONDITION:

28-1/8” x 19-7/8”. Lithograph with contemporary color. A few minor tears repaired.

DATE:

New York: Sherman & Smith, 1851

DESCRIPTION:

Charles Gibbes’ map of the Gold Region of California was published soon after the discovery of gold but the year before production reached its peak in 1852. It is one of the rarest and most important mining maps of California. Gibbes had traveled west from South Carolina with the miners and set his sights on surveying those parts of the state where gold was most prevalent.

The map is beautifully designed and drawn and “because of its larger scale and clear markings in colors of the different counties, is one of the most satisfying of the early California maps” (Streeter). The geography extends only to Santa Barbara in the south.

Many mining towns are identified, including Tuoalanne City, Empire City, Jacksonville and Illinoistown. “An important feature of Gibbes’ map is that it is one of the first, if not the first map of California to show boundaries” (Streeter).

REFERENCES:

Streeter Sale, V, p. 234. Wheat, Maps of the California Gold Region, 192.

Inventory No. 8600

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