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AUCTION 16

“THE WORLD RUSHED IN”
THE CALIFORNIA GOLD RUSH

Lot 3

3. BAIRD, Joseph Armstrong. California’s Pictorial Letter Sheets, 1849-1869. San Francisco: [Robert Grabhorn & Andrew Hoyem for] Grabhorn Press for David Magee, 1967. 171 [1, blank], [2, colophon] pp., title in red and black, rule in running title and opening initial letters in red throughout text, captions on plates in red, colophon in red and black, 59 plates (4 folding) of facsimile California pictorial letters tinted to tones of originals, 1 folding facsimile in rear pocket. Folio, original red morocco over red and white decorated boards, spine gilt lettered. Head of spine slightly chafed, otherwise very fine, prospectus laid in.

     Limited edition (475 copies). Grabhorn-Hoyem 6. Howell, California 50:1289: “The standard work on the first two decades of California’s pictorial letter sheets, listing 343 items, of which 60 are reproduced in full and tinted to resemble the original paper on which they were printed. The letter sheets are an extremely important visual source for California’s early history.” ($200-400)

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