1859 Colton California with San Francisco inset and Buena Vista & “Frezno” county names.

Colton’s California. Published by Johnson and Browning

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SKU: NL-00071 Category:
Cartographer(s): Joseph Hutchins Colton
Date: 1859
Place: New York
Dimensions: 40.6 x 33 cm (16 x 13 in)
Condition Rating: VG+
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Nice example of Colton’s map of California.

The map is hand colored by counties and has an inset of San Francisco. Interesting view of San Francisco ten years after the Gold Rush, including the never-adopted Lagoon Survey, and proposed street names for in-filling in Mission Bay.

Among the more interesting counties shown are “Buena Vista” County (a short lived-proposal that lasted from 1855 to 1859) and “Frezno” [sic] County.


Joseph Hutchins Colton

Joseph Hutchins Colton (July 5, 1800 – July 29, 1893), known professionally as J.H. Colton, founded an American mapmaking company which was an international leader in the map publishing industry between 1831 and 1890.

Condition Description

Very good; some wear along the left edge.