New York. Harper & Brothers. 1853.
Partial page two-color maps throughout, handcolored full color map of U.S., black and white in-text wood engravings, 72pp, 4to (12 x 9 1/2 inches), decorative paper-covered boards with leather spine (hardbound). Front cover detached, front free endpaper and title page attached by one thread, wear to covers and spine, foxing and owners signature to endpapers, occasional light spotting to interior but generally clean. A particularly interesting map of the United States (measuring approx. 8 x 12 inches), with the west as follows: Washington, Oregon, California, Utah Territory, New Mexico Territory, Nebraska Missouri Territory (together), Indian Territory, Texas, Minnesota Territory. Many states are also mapped individually or in groups with accompanying text (although there is no individual map for the western territories except Texas and California). The map of California names in extraordinary detail for its size the rivers and their tributaries, obviously an aspect of paramount interest at the time with the California gold rush. The short entry on the state begins "California is noted for the production of gold in unprecedented abundance." Vallejo is noted as the proposed capital. Item #30663