San Francisco Bay California Oregon American West 1855 Jeff Davis U.S. RR mapBrian DiMambro- Antiquarian Books, Maps & Prints
Explorations and Surveys For a Rail Road Route
From the Mississippi River to the Pacific Ocean
Route Near the 41st Parallel.
Map No. 1
From San Francisco Bay
to the Northern Boundary of California
From Explorations and Surveys Made Under the Direction
of Hon. Jefferson Davis Secretary of War
Drawn by John Young
By Lt. Williamson & Abbot
Issued Washington, D.C., 1855 by U.S. Government.
Engraved by Selmar Siebert.
Fine and uncommon 19th-century lithographed map. Captures this California coastal area of the American West with a level of detail and accuracy previously unseen.
Map remains well preserved. Some light age wear or surface spotting / soiling which is visible within the photograph.
Like all U.S. government maps issued for the explorations surrounding the search for railroad routes across the country, this map was printed on a relatively thin and fragile paper. This paper is now age-toned along the fold lines, and must be handled with care.
Original fold lines as issued; map appears to have rarely been unfolded over the years.
Sheet measures c. 25 1/4" W x 29 1/4" H.
Printed area measures c. 23" W x 27" H.
Wheat, Mapping Transmississippi West , 881 (noting how all the RR survey maps are printed on fragile paper which simply does not hold up well and is often found with tears and deterioration).