Lot 172: Rare 1849 chart of West Coast by Imray

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2015-11-19 15:16:45


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Lot 172: Author: Imray, James F. Title: Chart of the Coast of California from San Blas to San Francisco Drawn Chiefly from the Spanish Surveys, the Charts of Vancouver, etc. The Whole Much Improved by Recent Observations made by English and French Naval Officers Place Published: London Publisher: James Imray Date Published: 1849 Description: Engraved blue-backed chart. 64x141 cm (25 ?x55?"). Chart of the West Coast from the harbor of San Blas in Mexico to north of San Francisco Bay, with the Gulf of California and the Baja peninsula. There are six insets and eight coastal views. The insets include: "Entrance of San Francisco Harbour"; "Harbour of San Francisco By Capn. F.W. Beechey R.N. F.R.S."; and "Bay of Monterey By M. de Tessan of the French Navy." Also, Magdalen Bay, Mazatlan, and Guaymas. There are a few manuscript additions of ship's course approaching San Francisco Bay with dates 30 Apl 1854 and 1 May. Large label on verso of Benj. Loring & Co., chart and book seller, of Boston, Mass. Warren Heckrotte asserts that "This was probably the best chart of the West Coast available in 1849." OCLC/WorldCat locates only four copies of the 1849 edition of the chart. Faint dampstain at right-hand side a little more evident near edge, minor creasing and wear, but very good. Provenance: Randall House, 12/80. PBA Galleries' Rare Cartography, Exploration & Voyages Thursday, 3rd December 2015 Estimate: $4000-6000
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