With the Large Format Map of Chinatown

Report of the Special Committee of the Board of Supervisors of San Francisco on the Condition of the Chinese Quarter and the Chinese in San Francisco. July, 1885.

San Francisco: P. J. Thomas, Printer and Publisher, 1885 [pamphlet]; San Francisco: Engraved and Printed by Bosqui Eng. and Print. Co. [1885].

Price: $15,000.00


About the item

First edition, first issue, with the first issue large-format version of the map by Bosqui laid in, as issued. Illustrated. 95pp. [With:] Official Map of "Chinatown" in San Francisco. 23-1/4 x 33 inches. Laid in. 8vo. With the Large Format Map of Chinatown. Original tan lettered wrappers, minor wear and light soiling. Minor separations at folds of map as usual. Cowan, Bibliography of the Chinese Question 398; Hansen, The Chinese in California: A Brief Bibliographic History, p. 54.

Item #333147

An inflammatory report submitted by W.B. Farwell and John E. Kunkler of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, depicting Chinatown as overpopulated with opium dens and prostitution. The report was issued in three versions: 1) as a separate report dated July 20, 1885 with the large-format map laid in [as here]; 2) as part of a bound collection of Municipal Reports for the fiscal year 1884-1885 with a small-format issue of the map; and 3) sometime after September 1885, within a work titled The Chinese At Home and Abroad, with a smaller format version of the map and without the Appendix found in the previous two issues.

The map, depicting the area bordered by California, Stockton, Broadway, and Kearny Streets and color coded to show the locations of gambling houses, opium "resorts" and both Chinese and White houses of ill repute, was issued in a variety of formats. The first "official" issue, as here, is printed by Bosqui in a larger format (approx. 23-1/4 x 33 inches), with the text and key below the image. A separately-issued variant was published by Bosqui with the text and key located to the left of the map (see Rumsey 6714.001). Subsequent issues of the map are in a much smaller format (approx. 8-1/2 x 19-1/2 inches).

The separately-printed first issue of the Report complete with the large-format map is very scarce in commerce, with the last copy recorded by RBH as being the Thomas Wayne Norris copy sold by Oakland dealer Harold C. Holmes in 1948.