Lot 384 of 541:
Rare map of U.S. with gold region  

Click image to enlarge
Lot closed - Sold For (Includes Buyers Premium):$600
$1,000 - $1,500

Carte Générale Du Théâtre De La Guére dans les États-Unis de L'Amérique avec Une Carte du Mexique pour suivre les Opérations Militaires

Bes, A. and F. Dubreuil





Engraved map, hand-colored. With inset of Mexico (colored) and 4 uncolored insets of U.S. cities. 50.4x76 cm (19¾x30").

Attractive and uncommon map of the United States, a reissue of E. Herisson's map of Etats-Unis de l'Amerique, 1826. Geographically the only changes, which are substantial, are in California. Warren Heckrotte describes he map at some length: "In California the Gold Region is shown by dotted lines and color. The only town in the Gold Region is Sutterville on the American River. Russian Establishment and Fort Ross are shown. The Great Basin is based on Humboldt; the route of the Escalante Expedition is clearly shown. There is an east west mountain range running in an irregular line from the Rockies in northern New Mexico east through Missouri to the Mississippi. The northern part of the west is largely based on Lewis and Clark. Oregon Territory is labeled District de la Columbie and extends north to an irregular line at the highest about 54 degrees. At the time the map was published the dispute with the Brits over Oregon territory had been settled and the Mexican War was over. Possibly the map was first issued earlier at the time of the war and then reissued with the inclusion of the gold region." He also comments that the map is "not listed in Wheat's Maps of the Gold Region. A rare or scarce map, [and] though hardly significant that is true of many of the maps in Wheat."


Provenance: Loeb-Larocque Auction, 11/25/02

References: For earlier state issued under Herisson's name, 1826, W-TW 371. This later state not in W-GR or W-TW. The new Tooley Dictionary lists an A. Bes, citing one map, ca 1869. F. Dubreuil is not listed.

Lot Amendments

Short tear in the Atlantic off Florida neatly repaired with archival tape on verso; very good or better, colors bright, an attractive map.

Item number:
Shipping info:

We have a full service shipping department to ensure proper packing and safe delivery of purchases at reasonable cost. We are specialists at packing and shipping books and works on paper.   All lots purchased by the same client are combined for shipping in order to keep the cost as economical as possible.  Our preferred method for domestic shipments is UPS Ground but we can also ship via FedEx or USPS.  For international orders we select the most appropriate carrier depending on the value and weight of the items purchased.  We are happy to accommodate special arrangements by request.

Invoices are sent out the day following the auction and include a $10 handling fee plus actual shipping and insurance charges.

Shipping estimates can be obtained  by contacting us at [email protected] prior to the auction.


Terms and conditions


All accepted bids are contracts and are considered final and non withdrawable.


A buyer's premium of 20% will be applied to all purchases.


The person posting the bids online has to be the person who has registered for the auction.