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Large 1877 map of the San Francisco Waterfront

Place/Date: San Francisco / 1877
$500.
Title: Map Showing the Water Front of the City and County of San Francisco. as established by the Board of State Harbor Commissioners, the Governor of the State of California, and the Mayor of the City & County of San Francisco. September 12th, 1877.
Technique
Lithograph
Dimensions
190.5 x 65 cm (75 x 25.5 in)
Identifier
NL-00638
Coloring
Uncolored
Condition Rating
VG

Description

This is a large panoramic map of the San Francisco waterfront stretching from South Basin to the edge of the Presidio. It was originally published in an important pamphlet regarding proposed changes to the seawall between the city and San Francisco Bay, titled: “Report of the Board of State Harbor Commissioners on the New Water-Front Line of San Francisco, to the Legislature of the State of California 1877-8.”

The map is oriented with west at top, maintaining focus on the water front by extending the visible area inland by only a limited number of city blocks. It depicts parts of many San Francisco neighborhoods; from left to right (i.e. south to north), we see parts of today’s Candlestick Point, Hunter’s Point, Dogpatch, Mission Bay, South Beach, the Financial District, North Beach, Russian Hill, and the Marina.

With many street names that no longer exist, now long-covered marsh lands, and filled-in tidal areas, this sweeping map offers an interesting view of San Francisco’s evolving waterfront and embarcadero in the late 19th century.

Cartographer(s)

Britton & Rey

Joseph Britton (1825 – July 18, 1901) was a lithographer, the co-founder of prominent San Francisco lithography studio Britton and Rey, and a civic leader in San Francisco, serving as a member of the Board of Supervisors and helping to draft a new city charter.

In 1852 he became active in lithography and publishing, first under the name Pollard and Britton, and then Britton and Rey, a printing company founded with his friend and eventual brother-in-law Jacques Joseph Rey. Britton and Rey became known as the premier lithographic and engraving studio of the Gold Rush era, producing letter sheets, maps, and artistic prints.

Condition Description

Joined and backed on linen. Minor loss and some discoloration and offsetting.

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