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65. George Horatio Derby. “The Sacramento Valley from the American River to Butte Creek, Surveyed & Drawn by Order of Genl. Riley” (Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1850). Published in Sen. Ex. Doc. No. 47, 31st Cong., 1st sess., “Topographical Memoir Accompanying Maps of the Sacramento Valley, &c.—Respectfully Submitted by G. H. Derby, Lieutenant Topographical Engineers.” Lithographed folding map in black and white, as issued. 21 3/4 x 17 1/4" at neat line. Sheet size: 23 1/2 x 18 1/2". Faint toning. Overall fine.

Price: SOLD.

George Horatio Derby is best known today as a humorist, writing under the pseudonyms of John Phoenix and Squibob. He also served with distinction as a topographical engineer for the U.S. Army and produced at least three significant maps of California. The present map is of major importance to the California Gold Rush. Created on a scale of 4 1/2 miles to an inch, it provides a detailed view of the region that includes gold diggings, towns, ranches, and trails. Derby provides a comprehensive depiction of the topography and vegetation of the Sacramento Valley, the branches of the Sacramento River, and the roads across the valley and into the mountains to the gold region.

Refs.: Wheat, Maps of the California Gold Region, no. 149 (illus.), pp. xxvii–xxviii; Wheat, 25 Maps of California, no. 6 [for text only].

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