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|Replica of an 1851 Hand-Colored Map of the Gold Region of California
by C. D. Gibbes
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When this map was made, California was in the midst of incredibly rapid change. The state had been won from Mexico in early 1848. Later in 1848, gold was discovered near Sacramento and a huge mass migration began that brought tens of thousands of fortune hunters to the new U.S. territory. By 1849, 1,000 people per day were arriving in San Francisco, heading for the "Gold Country." This huge influx of population and the wealth flowing back out of the mountains, led to the rapid creation of the the new State of California in 1850.
This bright, hand-painted map was created in California just a few month after statehood and was used by many who were traveling to or considering a trip to this new state at the far reaches of the continent. Counties, towns, settlements, roads, and geographic features (known to the mapmaker) as shown in great detail. This is an amazing and striking look back at the earliest days of this new state.
We have meticulously reproduced this piece to match the color and detail of the original. Each piece is individually printed using the same method used to create limited edition art. We use 100% cotton rag, fine art paper. This heavy textured paper is made in one of the oldest paper mills in England. Created using a mold process it closely resembles hand laid paper. In may respects these reproductions are more attractive than the original antique maps.
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Please note: Due to its size, the large framed map is only available with a cream-colored top mat. Plus, an additional $50 oversize shipping fee will be applied to orders for the large, framed map when it is shipped.
All sizes shown are approximate. Matted maps or prints are smaller than the "matted" dimensions shown by about 6".
All of our authentic, more than 100-year old, maps and prints come double matted within museum quality, archival rag mat boards at NO ADDITIONAL CHARGE.
Due to the INCREDIBLY high shipping prices charged for OVERSIZE shipping, shipping charges may be higher than quoted for items that measure more than a total of 70" (matted height + width). For example a matted piece measuring 32" x 40" would be considered OVERSIZE (72"). For complete delivery information, see Information page.
All our authentic antiques are one-of-a-kind items. Since they are actual old works of art expect small imperfections. In some cases we may have more than one of a particular map or print. Since each is unique they may vary slightly from the item shown (when we have more than one if a particular item, the colors may be different than those shown). Each antique map or print has been dry cleaned by hand and are conservation mounted and protected in attractive rag mats. Every work in our gallery carries a lifetime guarantee of authenticity (authentic antiques only) and a 30-day satisfaction guarantee (see Information page for details). Again, the sizes stated are approximate.
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