Lot 15 of 235:
3 Wm. Eddy documents, 1 signed  

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Two Reports by California Surveyor General W.M. Eddy, and one about the need to replace his Official Map of California - one is signed by Eddy

Eddy, William Marston

Sacramento & Benecia





  • Special Report of the Surveyor General of California. 40 pp. 25x17.5 cm, unbound signatures, stitched. (Damage to first leaf affecting some of title, marginal chips and tears). [Sacramento]: Robert Casserly, State Printer, 1852.
  • Report of the Surveyor General of the State of California. 15 pp. 22.5x14.8 cm, removed from larger volume. (Foxing). [Benicia]: B.B. Redding, State Printer, 1854.
  • Report on the Committee on Public Lands, in Relation to a New State Map, Submitted, March 21, 1855. 6 pp. 22x14.5 cm, removed. [Sacramento]: B.B. Redding, State Printer, 1955.

The first listed work, Special Report of the Surveyor General, is signed in ink on the first page, "Wm. M. Eddy, 'please exchange.'" William Eddy died soon after the earliest copies of his large, and quite beautiful, Official Map of the State of California arrived in California from the printers in New York. Though striking and elegant, it was much maligned for inaccuracies, and there were soon efforts to replace it. In the 1854 Report, as summarized by Warren Heckrotte, "Eddy notes that his map of the state was completed in March, 1853 and sent to New York to be engraved on 1 April. He has received a few copies as of 12/15/53. The copies ordered by the state have been delayed in transit, but are expected shortly. This contradicts Carl Wheat's remark that Eddy died before the map was engraved." The final document is "a report on the need of a new state map, and recommends purchase of George H. Goddard's manuscript map. The map was not purchased and has since disappeared. Goddard's map of California of 1857 is based on it (see Wheat)" - Heckrotte.

Provenance: M. Heaston, various dates

References: 3rd item: W-TW, Vol. 4, pp 59-63, quotes extensively from this document in his discussion of Goddard's map of California.

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