Publisher: San Francisco: Thompson and West, 1876.
Edition: First edition.
Bibliographical References: Cowan, page 567; Rocq 13727; Rumsey Map Collection 2556; LeGear, United States Atlases, L478.
Condition: Recased at an early date; clean tear in the title-page mended without loss; lower corner of the title-page and preface repaired, with some loss to the decorative border; binding a little rubbed; overall a very good copy.
Book ID: 28140
DescriptionFolio, 44.5 x 39.5 cm, original black quarter calf, blind- and gilt-decorated black cloth. Lithographed title-page, 21 hand-colored maps (nine double-page) and 54 lithographs with 109 views and images (10 double-page).
CommentsThe first of the elaborate and handsome California county atlases produced by Thompson and West of San Francisco (and later Oakland); as they state in the preface this is “the first work of its kind ever attempted on the Pacific Coast.” In addition to its many fine lithograph images of public buildings, residences, scenery, and ranches, it contains detailed hand-colored maps of San José, Gilroy, Mountain View, Saratoga, Los Gatos, and other locations in what is today known as Silicon Valley; and its introduction has a history of the county and a catalog of its resources. Thompson and West produced similar atlases of Sonoma, Solano, Alameda, Fresno, and Tulare counties, all of which remain important historical records of early California architecture and city planning, the majority of which has been torn down and/or plowed under. Note: the images of the title-page and upper cloth cover are of this copy; the four images of the lithographed views and map were taken from the Rumsey Map Collection website.