U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey

Humboldt Bay, California

Sketch J. No. 8 … Preliminary Survey of Humboldt Bay California by the Hydrographic Party Under Command of Lieut. James Alden U.S.N. and Assist U.S.C.S.

DESCRIPTION: Rare and extremely attractive U.S. Coast Survey separately-published chart of Humboldt Bay, California. For the collector of California cartography, a very special chart of Humboldt Bay which lies on the Pacific Coast of California just below the town of Eureka, CA. With a elevation profile view of Red Bluff Entrance to Humboldt Bay as it then appeared from 2 1/2 miles offshore and a small-scale chart of the entire Humboldt Bay environs. Second edition. Dated 1852 but probably printed around 1867. MS chart number in margin "632".

Towns shown include Humboldt, Eureka and Bucksport. Other features include the site of a proposed lighthouse and a beacon, Elk River, Indian Island, and Howard House in Humboldt.

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 14" x 17" on a huge sheet of crisp surveyor's paper 20" x 26". Not an electrotype copy. This engraving was printed from the original hand-engraved copper plate. Evidence of a wide platemark. Price when issued 15 cents.

This chart of Humboldt 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 carrry 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



BODY OF WATER: Humboldt Bay

CONDITION: Very Good.  On crisp medium-light weight paper. Huge 4-inch or more margins. Minor misfold at vertical center. Modest age-toning. Mild offsetting.

COLORING: Careful and very attractive hand coloring.

ENGRAVER: Mc Coy and Knight

SIZE: 14 " x 17 "


PRICE: $475


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