U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey

Point Sal, California

Rare U.S. Coast Survey chart of Point, Sal, California

DESCRIPTION: Rare U.S. Coast Survey chart of Point Sal, California. For the collector of California cartography, a special chart of Point Sal which lies on California's Pacific Coast somewhat midway between Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo. Original copper-plate engraved chart 14" x 17" on a huge sheet of crisp surveyor's paper in total 20" x 26". Assumed to be the first edition.

Not an electrotype copy. This engraving was printed from the original hand-engraved copper plate. Evidence of a wide platemark. Price 15 cents when issued.

This chart of Point Sal is unlike most Coast Survey charts we have handled. It is on quality 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 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. The date appears at bottom left along with the map number "660", both to facilitate searching a the files. Chart no. 660.

CREATOR: U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey



BODY OF WATER: Pacific Ocean

CONDITION: Good.  On crisp medium-light weight paper. Huge 5-inch or more margins. One horizontal fold and one light crease to top right. Repairs to the centerfold.

COLORING: Careful and very attractive hand coloring.

ENGRAVER: Thompson, Thompson, and Brenner

SIZE: 14 " x 17 "


PRICE: $375


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