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H.C. Ward:  Map of The town of Larkspur, Punta de Quentin Rancho, Marin Co. Cal. . . Surveyed Nov. 1887. . .

Western US

Title: Map of The town of Larkspur, Punta de Quentin Rancho, Marin Co. Cal. . . Surveyed Nov. 1887. . .

Map Maker: H.C. Ward

Place / Date: San Francisco / 1887

Coloring: Uncolored

Size: 19 x 24 inches

Condition: VG

Price: SOLD

Inventory ID: 21869


Extremely rare early (probably the first printed) map of Larkspur, in Marin County, California, "Property of the American Land and Trust Co." and printed by MacCabe & Co. Zinco in San Francisco.  One of only two maps attributable to HC Ward of which we are aware (the other being a map of San Luis Obispo).

Remarkable early cadastral map of the town of Larkspur, bounded on the north partly by Mimosa Avenue and partly by the North Pacific Coast Railroad tracks; on the east by Arroyo Estero; on the south by Madrona Avenue; and on the west by Olive and Acacia avenues. Shows streets and lots (with measurements) and the location of existing buildings.  Manuscript X's note lots which  have apparently been sold, including several names.  The names of neighboring land owners are printed on the outskirts of town.

This example bears the handwritten book plate/signature of W.R.H. Adamson.  Adamson was part of the firm of Adamson & Moon and one of Adoph Sutro's agents.  He served as the Executor of the Adolph Sutro's will, along with Emma Merritt.

Larkspur was laid out by Charles W. Wright in 1887.  Its first post office was opened in 1891 and the town incorporated in 1908

OCLC locates only 1 copy of this map, which may be a variant edition, which is listed as "Provenance: American Land and Trust Co. records" and which may no longer exist in its original form.  The OCLC entry indicates that the verso included "Promotional text on the advantages of Larkspur real estate prepared by Shainwald, Buckbee & Co." and under Other Titles, noted "Gem of California, Larkspur the home of the redwood and the laurel; Larkspur, the home of the redwood and the laurel; Title from panel:; Read this carefully and consider! The gem of California, Larkspur, the home of the redwood and the laurel. 

Condition Description: Dissected and laid on linen. The W.R.H. Adamson Copy.

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Maps of California (California, Nevada, Arizona)
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