Akron: Goodrich National Touring Bureau, 1919. Three folding maps, each 18.5 x 24 inches. Minor wear at edges; few short separations at fold points. One map lightly dampstained, with a couple of small, heavier patches of soiling. Light tanning, slightly more noticeable along fold lines of one map. A couple of contemporary manuscript annotations in blank sections; small contemporary ink stamp on front panel of one map. About very good. Item #2314
A complete set of three scarce and early Goodrich automobile route maps for California. Together, they cover the entire state -- the "Northern" map depicts suitable roads from San Jose to the Oregon border, and eastward to Tahoe and Reno; the "Central" map shows the areas between Sacramento and Bakersfield, with Yosemite and Lake Mono in the east; and the "Southern" chart delineates routes between Paso Robles and Mexico, and as far east as Indian Wells, Needles, and Yuma, with an inset of Los Angeles and the surrounding area. All contain distance guides for principal routes, and the versos of each map contain smaller insets of major cities and towns, as well as extensive advertisements for various Goodrich products and services (primarily tires and tours), their locations, and availability. Quite scarce institutionally, with only the Northern map being recorded in OCLC, and on the market, particularly as a complete set; a very interesting cartographic depiction and promotion of early automobile touring in California.