Information Concerning The Terminus Of The Railroad System Of The Pacific Coast with Two Grafton Tyler Brown Maps

Information Concerning The Terminus Of The Railroad System Of The Pacific Coast. Oakland: Daily Transcript Book and Job Printing Office, 1871.

8vo (145 x 218 mm). Two fold-out lithographed maps printed by African American Grafton Tyler Brown (parallel gentle vertical folds, some creasing to upper edge, pages evenly toned. Maps very fine.) Original wrappers (residue to rear wrapper, toning to wrappers); custom quarter leather and burgundy cloth case with gilt titles and folio.

Printed at the height of Brown’s career as a lithographer before he became well known as a painter. Very scarce, maps held independently at Cornell University Library; pamphlet held at San Francisco Public Library.


E.C. Sessions' Map of Oakland and Brooklyn. G.T. Brown & Co. Lith, S.F. With inset showing Bay of San Francisco with Yerba Buena Island labeled as Goat Island. 537 x 307 mm.

Map of California. Showing the Rail Road System 1871. Published by the "Oakland Daily Transcript" John Scott, Proprietor. F.C. Hafenrichter, Del. G.T. Brown & Co. Lith. S.F. 365 x 439 mm. 

Born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania in 1841, Grafton Tyler Brown (1841-1918) moved west in 1858, first to Sacramento and later to San Francisco, where he became California's first African American city view artist and lithographer. As a prolific and talented topographic artist and lithographer, Brown created images that showcased the natural beauty and essential character of the developing frontier. From 1861 to 1864, he worked as a commercial lithographer for Charles C. Kuchel, and following Kuchel’s death, bought the firm, renaming it G.T. Brown & Company. Brown is best known for his fifteen bird’s-eye views and two illustrated history books, but he also printed for a broad range of businesses and mining companies. In 1878, he sold the business to his partner, William T. Galloway, who continued the firm under his own name.

Brown moved to Victoria, British Columbia in 1882 and soon joined the Canadian Government’s Amos Boman Geological Survey for which he made sketches of the scenery along the Fraser River east of the Cascade Mountains. He also opened a studio in Victoria and began to produce paintings of the local landscape. Ever the wanderer, Brown moved to Portland, Oregon in 1886 where he maintained a studio until 1889, and where he was listed as an artist in the Portland city directories and in the directory of the Portland Art Guild.


Parallel gentle vertical folds, some creasing to upper edge, residue to rear wrapper, toning to wrappers, pages evenly toned. Maps very fine.

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