T.[homas] J.[efferson] Farnham.
. Early reissue.
Cerographic map [11 1/2 x 14 1/2″; 16 1/2 x 19 1/2″ in mat and frame]. Nice bold lines. A very crisp and clean example. Wheat 494.
From Morse and Breese’s “North American Atlas.”
An important pre-Gold Rush map of California. The town of Sacramento is not identified as such, but is rather labeled “Suter’s Colony,” before his name was Anglicized to “Sutter.”
Carl Wheat writes in “Mapping the American West 1540-1857: A Preliminary Study,” with regards to “Map of the Californias,” “Farnham had gone overland to Oregon in 1839-40 and later visited California by sea. He claimed to have talked with Ewing Young, the celebrated trapper, and with a Dr. Lyman of Buffalo, and to have used data from them on his map, which is otherwise of the familiar Timpanogos River type. An overland route is shown proceeding across ‘Farnham’s Pass’ in the Rockies, thence by way of Brown’s Hole to Lake ‘Timpanigos,’ down Mary’s River (the Humboldt), and over the Sierra by a ‘low gap’ (possibly Walker Pass). ‘Dr. Lyman’s’ route from Santa Fe to Los Angeles also appears, and far to the north is a hint of Fremont geography.”