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AUCTION 20

164. [CALIFORNIA PICTORIAL LETTER SHEET]. HUTCHING'S [sic] CALIFORNIA SCENES. | THE CALIFORNIA INDIANS. | C. Nahl del. [in all blocks, l.l., l.r., l.c.] ANTHONY & BAKER SC. [Baird 105]

Eight vignettes. Clockwise, from top center: An Indian Fandango; Catching Grasshoppers; Grinding Acorns, &c.; Cooking Food; Burning Their Dead; Mode of Traveling; Gathering Seeds; Gathering Acorns. Descriptive text printed at center.

Wood engraving (eight vignettes, the six down the sides measuring 7.6 x 4.8 cm, the one at top measuring 5.5 x 10.4 cm, and the one at bottom measuring 4.7 x 10.5 cm), double sheet (28.7 x 23.2 cm), white laid, faintly ruled paper. Left edge slightly discolored, expertly backed with Japanese tissue. Cf. Baird 105.

One of the most popular letter sheets, with illustrations of California Native Americans by Charles Nahl, leading Gold Rush artist. Baird 330 uses two of the vignettes found on the present letter sheet. ($300-600)

Sold. Hammer: $300.00; Price Realized: $352.50

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