San Francisco: A.L. Bancroft & Compy. Booksellers & Stationers, 1873. 32 x 35 inches, with full period color, folding into original stamped brown cloth covers. Covers repaired along spine, corners lightly worn. Advertisement for Bancroft laid down on inside front cover. Expert tissue repairs to splits along folds and cross-folds. Five-inch tear along Utah-Nevada border repaired with tissue, with minor loss of paper. Good. Item #WRCAM46134
This is the third, revised edition of what Streeter calls an "important large scale map." The map shows California and Nevada, plus western Utah and Arizona on the impressive scale of twenty-four miles to the inch. Bancroft shows these western areas with the most accurate detail possible, with completed railroads, proposed railroads, and wagon roads carefully laid down. Also identified are important natural features such as wells, salt springs, buttes, etc. Counties are individually shaded, and the states are outlined in color. The Bancroft publishing house first issued this map in 1864, and there are also editions dated 1871 and (apparently) 1872. Wheat notes that Bancroft's original map was published in 1863 with the title, BANCROFT'S MAP OF THE PACIFIC STATES. Compiled by William H. Knight, it "was probably the most important map yet produced by a publisher of the Pacific coast." Knight's map is significant for many reasons, not least of which for changing the name of Lake Bigler to Lake Tahoe. Wheat describes the several iterations of the map in detail, and its augmentation over the years, asserting: "The great MAP OF THE PACIFIC STATES, originated in 1863 by William H. Knight, proliferated in 1864 into a whole family of notable maps, automatically establishing the rising H.H. Bancroft house as the greatest map publisher of the Pacific Coast. So large in size are these maps and so overflowing with detail, it is utterly impossible to describe their minutiae." In 1864 Bancroft divided his large map along the 42nd parallel, and this MAP OF CALIFORNIA, NEVADA, UTAH AND ARIZONA is known in editions of 1864 and 1871, before the present 1873 edition. Streeter had a copy with an 1872 date (see lot 3934 in his sale), the only such example that we have been able to locate. The Rumsey collection has a copy of this 1873 edition in a wall map format, as opposed to the present pocket map format. A scarce and important western map. STREETER SALE 3937. RUMSEY 46. WHEAT TRANSMISSISSIPPI V, pp.70-73, 104-106, 272-273; item 1219 (note).