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Description

Fine early Gold Rush Guide map, published in New York by John Distrunell.

The map includes a large inset "Map of the Gold Region California, whichcomprises most of California.

There are numerous routes to California shown, from eastern seaboard ports and New Orleans to Mexico and the Isthmus then up the west coast to San Francisco. Internally the map is quite detailed, though likely not enough no navigate one's wagon across the plains, prairies and mountains. There are the latest features included, such as "Gold Regn." in California, "Mormon Sett." near Great Salt Lake.

The territories of the day, Indian, Nebraska, New Mexico, Utah, and Oregon, are clearly marked with as up-to-date topography as possible, and notes on the various Indian tribes. In 1852 the California gold rush was in full swing and Americans and foreigners were traveling to the west coast overland and by ship.

Rumsey notes:

4th issue (and last) - 1st issue was 1849, then 1850, 1851 and 1852. The North America map (without the Gold Region inset and the overland and sea routes shown and listed) appeared first as an inset in Smith's huge "Map of the United States of America" in 1843. . . . Full and outline color. Relief shown by hachures. Includes tables of overland and sea routes. California map includes western Nevada, scale (ca. 1:4,600,000). Prime meridians: Greenwich and Washington.

We note also additions of 1853, 1854 and 1855, all of which are exceedingly rare. The 1852 edition would appear to be the rarest on the market, as we locate no examples at auction or in dealer catalogues referenced in AMPR.

Condition Description
Map split at centerfold, expertly repaired on verso. One other tear, expertly repaired on verso.
Reference
Wheat Transmississippi 692; Wheat, C.I. (Gold) #171 or #172.