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Rare early map of Mexico and Upper California, focusing on the harbors along the California Coast.

Includes some of the earliest harbor plans for:

  • Santa Barbara
  • San Gabriel or San Pedro
  • San Diego
  • San Francisco
  • Monterrey
  • Bodega Bay

Rumsey notes:

Separately published copy of the map published in Forbes' History of Upper and Lower California. It is a lithograph, taken from the engraved edition of the map that appears in the first edition of Forbes' book. At first we thought this must be from one of the two reprints done in 1919 and 1939, but it is not. Possibly Smith Elder put out a later edition with this lithographed map but left the date the same on the title page. However, we still think it is more modern than that - we will keep looking for the source.

Inset maps are titled: Sketch of Port Bodega. Harbour of San Francisco. Sketch of Puerto de S. Diego. Sketch of Monterrey Harbour. Sketch of St. Barbara Harbour. Sketch of Port S. Gabriel, or S. Pedro. Map has outline color by country. Prime meridian is Greenwich.

John Arrowsmith Biography

John (1790-1873) operated his own independent business after his uncle, Aaron Arrowsmith, died. After 1839, John moved into the Soho premises of his uncle and cousins. John enjoyed considerable recognition in the geography and exploration community. Like Aaron, John was a founder member of the RGS and would serve as its unofficial cartographer for 43 years. Several geographical features in Australia and Canada are named after him. He died in 1873 and the majority of his stock was eventually bought by Edward Stanford, who co-founded the Stanford’s map shop that is still open in Covent Garden, London today.