1920 Clason Map of California
Description: A large and highly detailed c. 1920 pocket format map of California by the Clason Map Company. This map covers the entire stain of California with green highlighting to distinguish county borders and national forest lands. Inset submaps in the upper right and lower left quadrants focus on the San Francisco Bay area and the vicinity of Los Angeles, respectively. An index set along the map's left hand border offers population statistics and a key to various cities throughout the state. Issued by the Clason Map Company of Denver, Colorado and Chicago, Illinois.
Date: 1920 (undated)
Cartographer: George Samuel Clason was born in the city if Louisiana, Missouri in 1874. As a young man he studied at the University of Nebraska before joining the United States Army to fight in the Spanish American War. After the war, Clason moved to Denverl, Colorado where he founded the Clason Map Company of Denver, thus starting his lucrative publishing career. As the company expanded Clason opened a secondary office in Chicago, Illinois - then a rising map publishing center and railroad hub. Among his many achievements, Clason is credited with producing the first road atlas of the United States. In the late 1920s, Clason also published a series of "get-rich-quick" pamphlets in the form of parables. The most famous of these is "The Richest Man in Babylon." This tells the story of Arkad, a citizen of Babylon famed for his great wealth and generosity who shares his wit and wisdom with his fellow Babylonians. Click here for a list of rare maps from George Samuel Clason.
Size: Printed area measures 28 x 32 inches (71.12 x 81.28 centimeters)
Scale: 1 : 1400000
Condition: Good. Some wear along original fold lines. Professionally flattened and backed with archival tissue.
Code: California-clason-1920 (to order by phone call: 646-320-8650)