Lot 186: Mines on South Fork of American River 1848

PBA Galleries

PBA Galleries

2015-11-19 15:16:47

Lot 186: Author: Mason, Richard B. Title: Positions of the Upper and Lower Gold Mines on the South Fork of the American River, California. July 20, 1848 Place Published: [Washington, D.C.] Publisher: Date Published: [1848] Description: Lithographed map. 23.5x46 cm. (9 ?x18"). Early map of the gold mines, covering Sacramento, the American River and its South Fork, Webers Creek, etc. The map was actually drawn by William T. Sherman, then a young lieutenant, who assisted R.B. Mason. Issued in U.S. House Ex. Doc. No. 1, 30th Congress, Second Session, accompanying the Report of Col. Richard B. Mason, published with President Polk's Message to Congress of Dec. 5, 1848. Mason sent samples of gold along with his report, and there are numbers printed on the map which indicate where the various pieces came from. Moderate foxing, very good. Provenance: Bennett & Marshall, 12/68. PBA Galleries' Rare Cartography, Exploration & Voyages Thursday, 3rd December 2015 Estimate: $200-300
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