Lot 201: Ord map of Gold Region

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Lot 201: Author: Ord, Edward Otto Cresap Title: Topographical Sketch of the Gold & Quicksilver District of California, July 25th, 1848 Place Published: [Washington] Publisher: Date Published: 1848 Description: Lithographed map. 54.5x39 cm. (21?x15 ?"). Early map of the California gold region. Wheat notes that "this was the first map to make any pretense at cartographic accuracy after the gold discoveries. Edward Otho Cresap Ord had a distinguished career in the army. Born at Cumberland, Md., Oct. 18, 1818, he early demonstrated great mathematical ability and graduated from West Point in 1837... In 1847 he went to California via the Horn with Lt. Henry W. Halleck (a classmate) and Lt. Wm. T. Sherman...." The map was published in United States, House Executive Document No. 1, 30th Congress, Second Session [To accompany President Polk's Message to Congress of December 5, 1848]; original folds. Some light foxing; very good. Provenance: Bennett & Marshall, 12/68. PBA Galleries' Rare Cartography, Exploration & Voyages Thursday, 3rd December 2015 Estimate: $400-600
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