U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey

Fine antique chart of Suisun Bay, California

Suisun Bay, California From a Trigonometrical Survey under the Direction of A.D. Bache Superintendent of the Survey of the Coast of the United States... Published in 1867.

DESCRIPTION: Very attractive scarce antique engraved chart of Suisun Bay, California northwest of San Francisco Bay. Key features include Grizzly Island, Van Sickle's Island, Chipp's Island, Sherman Island, the Carquines Straits, and the towns of Antioch, Benicia and Martinez.

Rare U.S. Coast Survey separately published chart of Suisun Bay, California. For the collector of California cartography, a very special chart of Suisun Bay which lies at the confluence of the Sacramento and San Joaquin Rivers, forming the entrance to the Sacramento–San Joaquin River Delta. Dated within to 1867. With fine detail of interior topography. Assumed to be the first edition.

The map covers from Benicia and the Karquines Strait in the west as far as Sherman Island in the east and from Grizzly Island south to the San Joaquin River. Includes countless depth soundings in feet, detailed notes on tides. Several towns and cities are identified, including Martinez, Benicia, and Collinsville.

This plate is not from the common 1867 Report of the Superintendent of the United States Coast Survey. The chart is an original copper-plate engraved chart 32" x 17" on a huge sheet of crisp surveyor's paper 30" x 40". Not an electrotype copy. This engraving was printed from the original hand-engraved copper plate. Evidence of a wide platemark. Price 75 cents when issued.

This chart of Suisun Bay is unlike most Coast Survey charts we have handled. It is on crisp oversize paper and has not been folded into a Coast Survey atlas (nor was it printed for that purpose). The chart does not carry the caveat at upper right "Electrotype Copy No. X". Based on that as well as by the markings on this chart and other items purchased in the same sales lot we feel there is a high probability that the chart was a surplus proof and or reference file copy of the U.S.G.S.

CREATOR: U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey




CONDITION: Very Good.  No condition issues. Very wide margins. Single vertical fold.

COLORING: Attractive, careful hand coloring.


SIZE: 17 " x 24 "


PRICE: $800


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