Lot 207: Rare map of Ranchos around S.F. 1860

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Lot 207: Author: Ransom, Leander Title: Map of the Country 40 Miles Around San Francisco, Exhibiting the County Lines, and correct Plats of all the Ranchos finally surveyed and of the Public Land Sectionized. Compiled from United States Surveys by Leander Ransom General Land Agent, San Francisco Cal. Place Published: San Francisco Publisher: Lith. of L. Nagel Date Published: 1860 Description: Lithographed map, hand-colored. 51.5x55 cm (20 ?x21?"), mounted on linen & sectioned for folding, folded size 26.5x29 cm. With modern custom-made folder. Scarce map of the San Francisco Bay Area showing the ranchos that dominated land ownership before the Gold Rush, to be dissolved over the succeeding years. A fascinating glimpse of Old California as it was becoming new. Ransom surveyed the Mount Diablo Meridian and Baseline in 1851. Rare: OCLC/WorldCat locates only two copies of the original, at U.C. Berkeley and U.C. Davis. Some minor soiling, very good. Provenance: John Howell-Books, 6/72. PBA Galleries' Rare Cartography, Exploration & Voyages Thursday, 3rd December 2015 Estimate: $3000-5000
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