DePUE & Company. The Illustrated Atlas and History of Yolo County, Cal. Containing a History of California from 1513 to 1850, a History of Yolo County from 1825 to 1880, with Statistics of Agriculture, Education, Churches, Elections, lithographic Views of Farms, Residences, Mills &c., Portraits of well-known Citizens, and the official county Map. iv, 105 pp. Illustrated with 50 lithographic plates of views, groups of portraits, and maps (several double-page). Folio 380 x 480 mm, bound in publisher's boards, neatly rebacked in black morocco. San Francisco: DePue & Company, 1879.
A rare statistical atlas of the rural county of Yolo California, which remains an important agricultural region to this day. The most intriguing element of the atlas is the presence of dozens of views of ranches, farms, stockyards, stores and churches which offer a unique vision of all aspects of life in 19th century rural California. Pastoral scenes of rolling farm country populated by farmers, men and women in horse drawn carriages, churchgoers, sheep, cows, and all elements of agricultural industry enliven these quintessential lithographs of nineteenth-century Americana.
"Despite their limitations and inaccuracies, nineteenth-century county atlases nonetheless preserve a detailed cartographical, biographical, and pictorial record of a large segment of rural America in the Victorian age" (Ristow, American Maps and Mapmakers, p. 424). Some inconsequential spotting, a near fine copy.
Phillips, 11503. LeGear, Atlases of the United States, L482. Rumsey 2146.
Item nr. 165593