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AUCTION 20

162. [CALIFORNIA PICTORIAL LETTER SHEET]. FIRE IN SAN FRANCISCO. Jn [sic] the Night from the 3d.-4th May, 1851. Loss $20,000,000. | Lith. Justh & Co. Broadway between Dupont & Stockton Sts. [Baird 77]

Conflagration near waterfront viewed looking east from Nob Hill.

Lithograph. 16.2 x 27.5 cm (neat line to neat line), on a single sheet measuring 22.5 x 28.6 cm, gray wove. Very good. Mild to moderate staining and discoloration (confined mainly to blank margins), creased where formerly folded, one tear neatly mended with tissue. Contemporary ink notations at lower left blank margin and on lithograph indicating the writer’s place of business and comment: “This lith. has been got up in great haste to sell, and although I do not consider it good by any means yet I send it to thee thinking it may be of some little interest to the children perhaps.”

See Lot 160 for notes on the history of California pictorial lettersheets. ($600-1,200)

Sold. Hammer: $600.00; Price Realized: $705.00

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