Map of the States of California and Nevada

Warren Holt

Published by Warren Holt, No. 607 Clay Street, San Francisco, California, 1873
Condition: Very Good No Binding
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Warren Holt after Chas. Grayton Gibbes, C.E, 1873. Map of the States of California and Nevada, Carefully Compiled from the Latest Authentic Sources comprising Information Obtained from the U.S. Coast and Land Surveys, by Prof. J. D. Whitney; Railroad Surveys and the results of explorations made by Brevet. Lieut. Col. R. S. Williamson, U.S.A., Henry De Groot, C. D. Gibbes, and others. Scale 18 Miles to One Inch. Published by Warren Holt, No. 607 Clay Street, San Francisco, California. Hand-colored lithograph with leather map cover. Paper size: 37 ½ x 39. Condition: As with folding pocket maps of the time it is on thin paper. This particular map, however, is extraordinary in that there are no tears in the thin paper and the leather cover is still attached. A rare, beautiful, and significant map in uncommonly excellent condition. This large, folding pocket map of California and Nevada is by the civil engineer, Charles Drayton Gibbes. This map of the late nineteenth century is exceptional for having been hand colored with watercolor. The map includes the results of the important work of Josiah Dwight Whitney, Director of the California Geological Survey. The map of California and Nevada by Whitney, the first wide-ranging scientific survey of the region authorized and funded by the State Legislature, was produced in 1873, the same year as this map by Chas. Drayton Gibbes. The Gibbes map may be the first, after the State approved map, to include the significant results of Whitney's scientific surveys. Whitney, a graduate of Yale who studied in Europe, was greatly influenced by Charles Lyell, Alexander von Humboldt, and Carl Ritter, the founders of modern geology, geography, and earth science. Mt. Whitney, the highest point in the contiguous forty-eight states, was named after Josiah D. Whitney. The reference to R. S. Williamson is to his exploration of routes between California and Oregon, and across the Sierra Nevada from the upper Sacramento River to the Humboldt River for proposed railroad routes. Gibbes also used information from the Henry de Groot surveys of Nevada and Eastern California that were published in a map by Warren Holt in 1863. Over one-thousand place-names of cities, towns, mountains, missions, springs, routes, rivers, etc., are given on this beautifully hand-colored and rare early map of California and Nevada. The Gibbes map identifies by hand-applied color the following important features: railroads proposed; railroads built; gold; silver; copper; quick silver (note: quicksilver or mercury was important in gold mining and processing); tin; coal; oil springs (the future petroleum industry?); county seats; posts occupied by troops; townships subdivided; and the 10, 20 & 30 mile limits of the Central Pacific, Southern Pacific, and six other railroads. The eleven United States land Offices are identified. Bookseller Inventory # sf010149432rac

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Title: Map of the States of California and Nevada

Publisher: Warren Holt, No. 607 Clay Street, San Francisco, California

Publication Date: 1873

Binding: No Binding

Book Condition:Very Good

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