Fabulous Unrecorded Overland Guide
[Map]. Previously Unrecorded Overland Guide and Pocket Map of
the United States. [San Francisco]: E. A. Taylor, .
Approximately 23.5" x 28.5". Folded into pocket covers it measures
approximately 3.5" x 5,5". Broadside with text surrounding map, in
pocket map format. The broadside is titled: "Railroad, Steamboat
and Stage Routes in the United States" [center above map] "Entered
according to Act of Congress, in the year 1859, by E. A. Taylor, in
the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the Northern District
of California. [colophon] O'Meara & Painter, print. San Francisco".
The broadside is printed in nine columns. Inset map at center: "Map
of the United States of America Mexico Central America the Pacific
Coast from Panama to Victoria Presenting a System of Rail Roads and
Routes of Travel throughout several states and Territories The
proposed Routes of the Pacific Rail Road and the different Wagon
Roads Stage Routes Isthmus transit Routes by water from San
Francisco to New York New Orleans and Intermediate Ports Distances
Descriptions &c. Published by E. A. Taylor San Francisco 1859".
[below neat line] Kuchel & Dresel's Lith. San Francisco."
Lithograph map on wove paper, original bright outlines in color.
Map measures approximately 9.5" x 11.5". Slight loss and light
toning along a few folds, else a fine example of this previously
unknown guide. Preserved in a black calf and cloth custom clamshell
This unrecorded broadside is of particular interest for its listing of routes between various places in the U.S., from the East to West coasts, although most of the routes listed are in the East. Detailed routes to Texas are given, as are numerous routes to reach New Orleans. Overland mail routes and wagon road distances are also given. An interesting feature of the map is the location of Pike's Peak and one of the early references to gold in Colorado. Greenwood lists printers John O'Meara and J. B. Painter active in San Francisco from 1854-1859. Taylor is also listed as having copyrighting several other works, including a map quite similar in title to this one in 1858 (see Greenwood page 495, item 165). Kuchel & Dresel were prominent lithographers who produced a large body of work during their careers. This unusual broadside/pocket map is unrecorded in Cowan, Graff, Greenwood, Wagner-Camp, etc.
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