Lot 182 of 541:
Yerba Buena or Goat Island in San Francisco Bay  

Click image to enlarge
Lot closed - Sold For (Includes Buyers Premium):$120
$200 - $300

Two U.S. government documents regarding Yerba Buena or Goat Island in San Francisco Bay




1873 & 1881



  • Letter from the Secretary of War... relative to the expediency of preserving Goat Island for military purposes. 15 pp. Senate Ex. Doc. 23, 42d Congress, 3d Session. 1873.
  • Letter from the Secretary of War, in relation to the bill to quiet the title to Yerba Buena Island. 27 pp. Folding chart. 1881. Together, to items. Disbound from larger volumes.

The idea of a military post on Yerba Buena Island originated during the Civil War, when it was feared a raiding Confederate warship could slip past Fort Point and Alcatraz during a foggy night. The charts show the island, planned and built defenses, arc of fire, the S.F. Bay, etc. The 5 folding maps & plans that were issued with the first document are not present.

Lot Amendments

Very good

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.