Stockton, CA: P. A. Buell, 1898. Very Good. First Edition. Signed by Buell, Oblong [4.75x6.75in, Map 22x28in];  unpaginated, brown ink title page and tinted image of Buell factory on verso, four images, facsimile handwritten letter, various design illustrations, three schedules, fold out colored map at rear; Dark blue-green cloth stiff covers with gilt lettering on front, two staple binding, all edges trimmed; Map folds out to show central "Mother Lode' from north to south Amador to Meced County, and west to east, San Joaquin River to Sierra Nevada front range, County borders highlighted in light orange and blue, County main road through the "Mother Lode shaded in darker orange (current State Hwy. 49); Some wear to covers with dark cup stain on front and other stain spots on both covers, darken gilt, map with misfold creases at folds and to edges, no edge chips or tears, few closed wear marks at crease corners, small faded spot by legend. Map is in Very Good plus condition, booklet front cover not so much. Item #13839
P. A. Buell, was a Stockton businessman and operated a large lumber factory in the late 1900's. He produced this map as part of an advertising promotion targeted to the Mining interests in Central California. Stockton. The map is detailed on the railroad stations and lines, and road transportation from Stockton, a major Central Valley river port and manufacturing community from 1849. Relief is shown by hachures and shows drainage, mines, county roads, electric flumes, county lines and communities. It also shades a section of logging areas not identified in the legend or with other notes [later printings identify the Westside Flume and Lumber Company Rail Road lines]. As an limited advertising published booklet and map, this item is scarce with only 6 copies held in Libraries and Institutions.