U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey

Fine antique chart of Drake's Bay, California

Preliminary Chart of Drake's Bay, California From a Trigonometrical Survey under the Direction of A.D. Bache Superintendent of the Survey of the Coast of the United States.

DESCRIPTION: Very attractive scarce antique engraved chart of Drake's Bay, California on the Pacific Ocean just northwest of San Francisco. Coverage extends southward as far as Duxbury Reef. Includes sailing directions, notes on dangers, soundings and abbreviations, and tide table.

A surviving survey file copy from the U.S. Geological Survey Library. With an oval faded ink stamp from that agency. Map number in MS at bottom corners as typical for surveyor's file copies.

Now a part of Point Reyes National Seashore, the area covered by this old chart includes detailed topographical information and is generally devoid of named features. "Breakers" are noted in numerous areas all along the beaches. Numerous depth soundings.

This antique chart should not be confused with those similar copies that were issued with dozens of others as part of a Report to Congress, most on thin paper with folds that often show condition issues. This original mid 19th century survivor is a large, separately issued example on crisp, strong paper that has been stored rolled with a NO FOLDS. Price 20 cents. NO logo of the Coast Survey Office. Number 629.

CREATOR: U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey



BODY OF WATER: Drake's Bay

CONDITION: Very Good.  No condition issues. Wide margins. Single vertical fold. Several repaired marginal tears with no impact to the image.

COLORING: Attractive, careful hand coloring.


SIZE: 17 " x 24 "


PRICE: $650


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