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Rare Early Geological Map of Southern California -- Illustrating It as a Petroleum Region.

Rare set of maps, profiles and other images showing major mining districts in Nevada. 

The subjects include:

  • Profile of Virginia City / Washoe Region
  • View of the Sierra Nevada Mountains and Mono Lake
  • Profile of the Sierra Mountains looking toward teh Morning Star Mine
  • Several images of the Aurora District

Guillemin-Tarayre's map is part of a rare set of scientific works published by the French government. The map illustrated a section that relates to geology and mining in California and Nevada. In 1864, as a result of a French military expedition to Mexico, the Commission Scientifique du Mexique was established. At the time, mining in California and Nevada were the focal point of a great deal of interest in Europe.