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Rare early map of California Gold Region  

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Map of the Gold Region California 1851

Butler, Benjiman F.

San Francisco

Lith. and Published by B. F. Butler



Lithographed map, lightly hand-colored. 40.8x36.8 cm (16x14.5"), folding into cloth-backed decorative paper covered boards (later?) 12.8x8.5 cm (5x3¼").

First state of this rare map covering northern California with details of the gold region. The map is a portion of Butler's Map of the State of California, published the same year, and is made from the same stone. Streeter calls the latter map the earliest recorded state map of California. The present copy is the earlier of two states of Butler's Gold Region in Warren Heckrotte's collection, and he describes the differences in detail: "Call earlier state A; later state B. On state A a branch of the upper San Joaquin has the name Chouchillas. On state B this has been removed and a new river off of the San Joaquin just below the town of Mariposa has been added and named Chouchilla. Just below that has  been added the river named Frezenau. A creek running off that has the name C. Gold G... On state B running north from the San Joaquin just west of Washington City is a line called Fine G. Gulch.  On state A, between the Mariposa and Merced rivers is a river named Little Mariposa R.; this has been removed on state B. On state A, running off to the south from the south branch of the Tuolumne is a Moccasin Run, a Rattlesnake C. and between Rattlesnake C. and the south branch of the Tuolumne is  Gold V. On state B, the course of Moccasin Run has been changed, and the name changed to Mocca. Flat. Rattlesnake now runs off to the north from Mocca. Flat and beyond that and parallel is a Cobbs C; Gold V. has  been removed.  On state A, Camp Seco is located a little north and east of the town of Sonora. On state B, this has been removed and now Camp Seco is found between Mocca. Flat and the south branch of the Toulumne."

Provenance: Cedric Robinson, 5/80

References: W-GR 186. Streeter Auc, no. 2658, reproduced, but later state.

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Map with a little darkening in places, a few short crease tears; very good.

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