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.