Lot 131[WHEELER'S SURVEY]
Notebook of topographical sketches of mountain peaks and views drawn by Whipple on the 1875 Geographical Survey West of the 100th Meridian. Mostly southern California: 1875 [front blank with Engineer's Office stamp dated 1879]. Original brown pebbled morocco ledger stamped "Topographical" in gilt on upper cover, with a partially printed paper label to upper cover accomplished by Whipple. The half-title is signed "C.W. Whipple/ Summer of '75" and the title page is printed "Topographical Records/ Geological Explorations and Surveys West of the 100th Meridian" and is signed "2nd Lt. C.W. Whipple 3rd Arty". The notebook contains approximately 60 pencil drawings and sketches of mountain ranges and views on the lined pages of the ledger, most with captions, equations, and survey notations. Places mentioned include Cahuenga Pass, Santa Monica, San Bernadino peak, Mt. Pinos, Cuyama Valley, Tehachapi Mountains and others. 8 1/2 x 6 inches (21 x 15 cm). Minor rubbing, very well preserved overall; Together with four manuscript topographical diaries kept by Whipple, including the diary corresponding with the above drawings, a diary dated from Mexico in 1874, a small ledger stamped in gilt "Aneroid Readings" dated 1874, and one other. Each approximately 3 1/2 x 6 inches (9 x 15 cm). Some wear and dampstaining but in generally sound condition.
An interesting archive of topographical drawings and notes made over the summer months of 1874 and 1875 by Charles W. Whipple. The California mountains depicted here, explored by Wheeler's survey in the summer of 1875, are mostly in the Los Angeles area including Santa Monica.
Sold for $34,375
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