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1851 California Gold Rush region map published in Italy.

Place/Date: Naples / 1851
$800.
Title: Nuova California (Stati Uniti dell’America Settentrionale)
Technique
Lithograph
Dimensions
36 x 50.3 cm (14¼ x 19¾ in), plus columns of text at left and bottom
Identifier
NL-00302
Coloring
Original color
Condition Rating
VG+

Description

Rare map of the Western United States, focusing on California at the time of the Gold Rush. The map extends east as far as Santa Fe and north as far as the French Canadian Colony on the Willamette River.

An inset map with the title Carta particolare delle baie di Monterey e di San Francisco… shows the bay regions of San Francisco and Monterey. There is descriptive and historical text along the left side and bottom of map.

Overall, this map represents a fascinating example of the extent to which the California Gold Rush captured the attention of Europe.

Cartographer(s)

Condition Description

Original outlines and gold region colored in wash. Some light foxing mostly in margins or on surrounding text; very good.

References

Wheat Gold Region 191; Wheat Transmississippi 714.

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