Britton and Rey’s Reduced Map of the State of California


A lovely 19th-century map of California with up-to-date survey work, including railroads.

Cartographer(s): Britton & Rey, George E. Goddard
Date: ca. 1879
Place: San Francisco
Dimensions: 36 x 43 cm (14 x 17 in)
Condition Rating: VG+

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SKU: NL-00444 Category:


Scarce and notable map of California by Goddard, from the plate of the original issue of 1858, with additions.

Based on Goddard’s famous large-format map of the state, this reduced version includes new survey information, including significant updates corresponding to the Transcontinental Railroad. A rail connection between Los Angeles and Fort Yuma has also been added.

The map offers exceptional detail, including administrative (county seats, towns and ranchos) and transportation infrastructure (wagon raods, emigrant trails, railroads), along with mines and hospices.


Britton & Rey

Joseph Britton (1825 – July 18, 1901) was a lithographer and the co-founder of prominent San Francisco lithography studio Britton and Rey. He was also a civic leader in San Francisco, serving on the Board of Supervisors and helping to draft a new city charter. In 1852, he became active in lithography and publishing, first under the name ‘Pollard and Britton,’ and then ‘Britton and Rey,’ a printing company founded with his friend and eventual brother-in-law Jacques Joseph Rey. Britton and Rey became the premier lithographic and engraving studio of the Gold Rush era, producing letter sheets, maps, and artistic prints.

George E. Goddard

Condition Description

Excellent impression; very minor discoloration in fold from original binding.