Auction 114, Lot 216

"San Francisco", Bill, Henry

Subject: San Francisco, California

Period: 1851 (dated)

Publication: History of the World

Color: Printed Color

16 x 10 inches
40.6 x 25.4 cm

This is a remarkable, historical, early and very desirable tinted lithographic birds-eye view. It is the second state of this early lithograph that was first issued the previous year (see Reps #247). This noteworthy image should not be confused with the second edition, first published in 1852, as this is a completely different work drawn from a position closer to town and thus showing more detail of individual structures, streets, and people. Nob Hill has many fewer structures than shown on the 1852 view. The table below the images lists 25 points of interest keyed to the view. Shows Contra Costa in the distance, the California Exchange, the Marine Telegraph, etc. The harbor is filled with ships and the city's growth is already evident.

References: Reps (VIEWS) #264.

Condition: B

Very nice impression and color. Folding, as issued. Binding trim side has tear that goes into image 1 inch and a few spots at right, else fine.

Estimate: $300 - $400

Sold for: $275

Closed on 3/1/2006