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AUCTION 20

170. [CALIFORNIA PICTORIAL LETTER SHEET]. Assassination [of James K]ing of Wm. BY JA[MES P. CA]SEY. San Franc[isco, May 14t]h, 1856. | Pub. by Britton & Rey. [Baird 5]

Four illustrations: Assassination; Surrender of the Jail; Funeral of Js. King; Execution.

Lithograph (four images, each 12 x 17 cm), printed across double sheet (overall 27.5 x 41 cm), green wove. Silked, a few chips to blank margins, some loss of title as indicated, to a few letters, and two small voids in lower right image. Good.

Documents early lawlessness in the West, illustrating in four scenes Casey’s assassination of newspaperman James King of William and Casey’s execution at the hands of the second Vigilance Committee . A column of explanatory text runs down the middle between the scenes. See Lot 160 for notes on the history of California pictorial lettersheets. ($500-1,000)

Sold. Hammer: $500.00; Price Realized: $587.00

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