State of California

Date: 1857
Place: Edinburgh
Dimensions: 33 x 41 cm (13 x 16 in)
Condition Rating: VG

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The finest mid-19th century atlas map of the state of California.


Because of its excellent detail and attractive design, this map of the state of California is far more desired than its contemporaries. Indeed it stands out as the best atlas map of the state in this period.

The map was originally published in Atlas of the United States, by Rogers and Johnston, a work now quite rare on the market. Its maps are known for their tremendous detail, if not always accurate — Mt. Shasta on our map is given an elevation of 17,600 feet!

An early line from Benicia to Yuba City is shown, as is a Mormon settlement near Bigelow Lake.


Alexander Keith Johnston

William and Alexander Keith Johnston were Scottish brothers based in Edinburgh who operated a prominent map engraving and printing business in the mid-19th century. A.K. Johnston was the driving force behind the business and remained in the world of cartography throughout his life, while William later entered politics, serving as the Lord Provost of Edinburgh and being knighted for his service. Johnston’s maps and atlases earned high praise for their accuracy and comprehensiveness (A.K. Johnston was strongly influenced by Alexander von Humboldt).

Henry Darwin Rogers

Henry Rogers was a mapmaker from New York.

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