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1882 Guide for German immigrants with up-to-date California rail routes.

Place/Date: San Francisco / 1882
$750.
Title: Californien. Veröffentlicht von der Einwanderungs-gesellschaft von Californien. (“The Immigration Association of California.”) San Francisco. No. 10 California Str. (wrapper title)
Technique
Lithograph
Dimensions
22.5 x 14.5 cm (9 x 5.7 in)
Identifier
NL-00207
Coloring
Uncolored
Condition Rating
VG+

Description

This first edition booklet was issued to attract prospective emigrants from Germany to California. The text provides a brief description of California and its society, with practical information such as the cost of goods and prevailing wages for unskilled and skilled labor.

The map is: “Reduced Map of the State of California Compiled Expressly for The Immigration Association of California San Francisco,”” lithographed by Britton & Rey. Below references in a printed note in red ink: “”Red ink denotes additions after proof.”

The map is Goddard’s reduced map of the state, first published in 1858 and reissued in 1871 with the addition of railroads. This issue also shows the railroads, brought up to date. The map was also used for other publications, without Goddard’s name. The additions in red ink are the names of counties and county boundaries.

The wonderful representation of the push to populate the American west, an important cultural document for both German and American history.

Cartographer(s)

Britton & Rey

Joseph Britton (1825 – July 18, 1901) was a lithographer, the co-founder of prominent San Francisco lithography studio Britton and Rey, and a civic leader in San Francisco, serving as a member of 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 known as the premier lithographic and engraving studio of the Gold Rush era, producing letter sheets, maps, and artistic prints.

Condition Description

Booklet is 15 pages and measures 41 x 33 cm (16 x 13 in). 8vo, with original yellow printed wrappers. A little soiling to wrappers, map with short edge tear; very good or better.

References

OCLC/WorldCat lists only five copies of the booklet.

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