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165. [CALIFORNIA PICTORIAL LETTER SHEET]. THE FIRST TRIAL & EXECUTION IN S. FRANCISCO ON THE NIGHT OF 10th. OF JUNE AT 2 O’CLOCK | del. after the nature by W. C. K. | Pub. and Lith. Justh Quirot & Co. Corr. Calif. & Montg. Sts. S.F. [Baird 79]

Crowd surrounding John Jenkins, hanging from the rafters of the adobe Custom House in the Plaza; sign for Burgoyne. Text, below the illustration, describes this 1851 event. (Issued before June 12, 1851.)

Lithograph. 17.5 x 24.5 (neat line to neat line), on sheet measuring 21 x 27 cm, blue or gray wove. Very fine. Small nick in upper left hand blank margin, tiny remains of old mount at upper right corner not affecting image.

First-hand reporting on the “trial” and hanging of John Jenkins, sketched and published in San Francisco. Jenkins was one of the notorious Sydney Ducks, Australian ex-convicts and escaped convicts who came to California during the Gold Rush. The Sydney Ducks were one of the targets of the actions of the First Vigilance Committee. Peters, California on Stone, p. 133 & Plate 66. See Lot 160 for notes on the history of California pictorial lettersheets. ($300-600)

Sold. Hammer: $475.00; Price Realized: $558.13

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