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Auction 15: Fine Collection of Californiana Formed by Daniel G. Volkmann Jr.

Lots 29-32: Letter Sheets

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29. [CALIFORNIA PICTORIAL LETTER SHEET]. Capt. Sutter’s account of the first discovery of the Gold. | PORTAIT [sic] OF MR. MARSHAL [sic], TAKEN FROM NATURE AT THE TIME WHEN HE MADE THE DISCOVERY OF GOLD IN CALIFORNIA | VIEW OF SUTTER’S MILL OR PLACE WHERE THE FIRST GOLD HAS BEEN DISCOVERED | Lith. & Pub. by Britton & Rey San Francisco. Cal. | Entered...1854.... [Upper left]: 13. Lithograph. View, portrait, and text on a single sheet of white wove paper. Neat line to neat line: 26.2 x 19.5 cm (9-7/8 x 7-5/8). Old paper repair along verso, otherwise fine, from Britton & Rey’s numbered series.
    Baird 22. A key Gold Rush letter sheet, with the text of Sutter’s account, Marshall’s portrait, and view of Coloma with Sutter’s Mill.

30. [CALIFORNIA PICTORIAL LETTER SHEET]. CITY OF SAN FRANCISCO. | J. Clark [on plate, lower left]. Metal engraving on a single sheet of white paper measuring 27 x 21.5 cm; 10-5/8 x 8-1/2 inches, image measures 7.6 x 17.8 cm; 3 x 7 inches. Very good, with manuscript ink note below image: “-1849- Letter head used by the U.S. Custom House - in San Francisco, Cala in the year 1849.

    Baird 31. This charming, finely engraved view is from the west of San Francisco looking toward Yerba Buena Island. The harbor is filled with ships, and the adobe Custom House in the Plaza displays a U.S. flag. This is an important letter sheet for its early view of San Francisco (not in Reps) and because it is one of the earliest letter sheets–issued before February 9, 1850, and possibly in late 1849.

31. [CALIFORNIA PICTORIAL LETTER SHEET]. FORT VIGILANT | Rooms of the Committee Sacramento St. betn. Davis & Front [upper] | MASS MEETING | Endorsing the Acts of the Vigilance Committe [sic] | June 14th. [lower] | NOISY CARIER’S [sic] Book & Stationery Co. | Lith. Britton & Rey. Lithograph on a double sheet of green wove paper. Two illustrations on p. 1: Upper: 12.5 x 20.2 cm; 4-7/8 x 7-7/16 inches; lower: 12.1 x 19.2 cm; 4-3/4 x 7-7/16 inches; printed across a double sheet measuring 27.5 x 21.3 cm; 10-7/8 x 8-3/8 inches overall. On p. 4, text headed: Constitution and Address of the Vigilance Committee...Adopted, May 15th, 1856. Slight wear at center fold, else fine.
    Baird 83. Peters, California on Stone, p. 69 & plate 26. The upper illustration is a long street perspective with ships in the distance. In the foreground is a fort with gunnybags in front, cannons and guards on roof; signs for Brown & Crowel. [sic], Mills & Vantine, Stoves. The lower square is packed with people; on a three-story veranda two U.S. flags are flying. One of the images shows Fort Gunnybags, a liquor warehouse converted for use as a stronghold of the Second Vigilance Committee. A vivid portrayal of law and lawlessness in San Francisco during the 1850s.

32. [CALIFORNIA PICTORIAL LETTER SHEET]. SAN FRANCISCO PAST AND PRESENT. SAN FRANCISCO AS IT WAS, 1849. [p. 1] | SAN FRANCISCO AS IT IS, 1854. [p. 4] | Taken from Rincon Point, by G. H. BAKER, June 1, 1849. [p. 1] | Taken from Rincon Point, by G. H. Baker, Dec. 1854. [p. 4] | Printed at the Sun Office. | Published by BARBER & BAKER, Sacramento. | M. ULLMAN. Agent, San Francisco. | Entered...1854, by Barber & Baker.... Wood engraving on a double sheet of blue wove paper. P. 1 illustration: 11.6 x 20 cm; 4-7/8 x 8 inches; map: 10.3 x 5.5 cm; 4-1/8 x 2-1/4 inches; p. 4 illustration: 15.4 x 26.4 cm; 6-1/4 x 10-1/2 inches; entire sheet 46.4 x 28.6 cm; 18-5/16 x 11-3/8 inches. A few light creases and spots, otherwise very fine.
    Baird 251. Not in Reps. The view on p. 1 shows Yerba Buena harbor and the sparsely built village of San Francisco (the regional map of the Bay area is at the right). On p. 4 is a panoramic view of San Francisco. The little town has now been transformed into a crowded urban scene, complete with the obligatory nineteenth-century device to indicate rapid progress: a smokestack belching black smoke. This letter sheet documents the tremendous growth of San Francisco in the early 1850s.

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