Three Panoramic Views of San Francisco

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592. [LETTER SHEET: SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA]. Group of two letter sheets and one print of San Francisco

[1] LETTER SHEET: View of San Francisco, in 1868. N.p., n.d. [San Francisco? 1868?]. Wood-engraved pictorial letter sheet printed across a double sheet of white wove paper with faint ruling; image: 14 x 37.2 cm; image and title: 14.7 x 37.2 cm; overall sheet size: 26 x 40 cm. Creased where formerly folded (minor losses at folds), moderately stained (mainly affecting the blank margins), a few tiny holes. A fatigued copy of a rare letter sheet. This version is without artists’ names and with the fences and foliage. In the Clifford Letter Sheet Auction, we had a similar image, but dated 1869. Baird (318) lists the 1869 version, noting that it is a modification of the illustration used for San Francisco in 1861: “Artists’ names no longer in the block; houses at lower left and right replace the foliage and fence of the earlier state. Other additions: St. Francis Church on Vallejo Street, Grace Church, spires of St. Mary’s changed to their actual appearance in the late 1860s, etc.” See also Baird 241 and Baird 249.

[2] LETTER SHEET: Panorama of San Francisco. [below image at right] Sold by Charles Magnus, 12 Frankfort Street, New-York. New York, n.d. Steel-engraved pictorial letter sheet printed on wove paper; image: 10.4 x 20.2 cm; image and title: 11.1 x 20.2 cm; overall sheet size: 18.3 x 22 cm. Except for very slight wrinkling, very fine. Trimmed and lacking conjugate blank. Baird (p. 26, note 13) did not list this as a California letter sheet because it was printed in New York. Peters, California on Stone, lists the view (p. 160). Baird notes that Peters mistakenly calls it a lithograph. Magnus engraved great quantities of letterheads (America on Stone, p. 270).

[3] PRINT: Same image as preceding, but on heavier paper and with original hand coloring. Overall sheet size: 16.5 x 25.5 cm. Moderately browned.  Likely this appeared in a book, or was sold as a print, since the paper is much heavier than used for letter sheets.


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