Auction 110, Lot 168

"San Francisco", Bill, Henry

Subject: California

Period: 1850 (dated)

Publication: Sights in the Gold Region

Color: Black & White

12.2 x 8.7 inches
31 x 22.1 cm

This very early bird's eye view shows the small community with several sailing ships in the harbor. It provides wonderful detail of individual houses, some already climbing up Knob Hill. Very delicately colored stone lithograph. Also published in Bill's "The Treasure of History; Being a History of the World," in 1851. A rarely seen and most desirable view.

References: cf. Reps #247.

Condition: B

Delicate impression on fine, thin paper with a little bit of toning and foxing. Professional repair on short fold separation in bottom margin and binding trim tear entering image 1.2".

Estimate: $250 - $300

Sold for: $190

Closed on 3/2/2005