The “Chevalier” Commercial, Pictorial and Tourist Map of San Francisco From Latest U.S. Gov. and Official Surveys. Designed-Engraved And Copyrighted By Aug. Chevalier, Lithographer Publisher, 507 Mission St. San Francisco.

Splendid Chevalier map of San Francisco for the 1915 Exposition.

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SKU: NL-00640 Category:
Cartographer(s): August Chevalier
Date: 1915
Place: San Francisco
Dimensions: 63.7 x 70.3 cm (25.1 x 27.7 in)
Condition Rating: VG+
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This is the chromolithographic version of the famed Chevalier tourist guide, one of the most beautiful maps of San Francisco ever produced. It is based on a monumental wall map of the city first published by August Chevalier in 1903, which was re-issued as our map in a smaller format and accompanied by a tourist guide for the Panama–Pacific International Exposition: the world’s fair held in San Francisco from February 20 to December 4, 1915.

The map uses a remarkable design to offer both intricate topographic and urban detail. For the natural features of the city, namely its famous hills and parks, Chevalier has employed a hybrid of elevation lines, shading, and colors. In bold contrast, red overprinting delineates new district names, trolley lines, and proposed tunnels and railcar extensions.

At the same time, important buildings are depicted in pictorial profile, making them stand out from the page. This includes major monuments and buildings in Golden Gate Park, around the Civic Center and Financial District, and along the water front, including piers and Fisherman’s Wharf. And of course, the Panama–Pacific International Exposition itself is featured in the same detail. The fair’s stated purpose was to celebrate the completion of the Panama Canal, but it was widely seen in the city as an opportunity to showcase its recovery from the 1906 earthquake. The fair was constructed on a 636 acre site along San Francisco Bay, between the Presidio and Fort Mason, the neighborhood now known as the Marina District.

Overall, the combination of cartographic ingenuity and beauty, along with its importance as a document of the 1915 World’s Fair, make this an exceptional San Francisco map.

Comes with original booklet.


August Chevalier

Augustus Chevalier issued a number of fine maps of San Francisco, including a monumental wall map. By the early 20th century, his maps of San Francisco were perhaps the best known and respected of the city.

Condition Description

Excellent. Flattened and backed. Minor blemish where the map was once attached to its booklet.


Rumsey 5865.002. OCLC 28943362, 953568824.