Robiquet's rare map of the Coast of California is one of the great unrecorded gems of the Gold Rush era. The map in the main extends from Shelter Cove north of Pt. Arenas to Los Cabos and south of Mazatlan, in a wonderful large fomat rarely found in any period. The treatment of the California Bays, however, makes this an essential map for California Collectors. Robiquet is to be commended for including the names of the mapmakers responsible for each of the California Bay inset maps, including Bodega (Edward Belcher--1839), Monterey (M. de Tessan--1837), San Francisco (Cadwalader Ringgold), San Pedro (James Alden--1852), and San Diego (RD Cutts and G. Davidson). It is noteworthy that with the Alden Survey of San Pedro pre-dates the issuance of the US Coast Survey map of the region. Other ports shown including San Quentin, St. Bartholome, Guaymas, Port Ballena, and Moullage De Pulpito. The map includes some interior topographical details, mostly those which could be expected to be seen from the coast, although the inland waterways to Sacramento are shown, no doubt based upon Ringgold's fine work. The map was issued separately for 4 Francs, although this example was bound into a larger volume. The map is unrecorded and this is the first example we have encountered. Not in Wheat, Harlow, Wheat Gold Regions or any of the standard references. Minor fold split at the bottom, just entering image. Heavy paper.
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