Auction 116, Lot 239

"View of San Francisco, California. Engraved Expressly for the Souvenir", Anon.

Subject: California, San Francisco

Period: 1847 (published)

Publication: The Antiquarian, and General Review

Color: Black & White

6.5 x 3.8 inches
16.5 x 9.7 cm

This very early engraved view of San Francisco serves as the frontispiece for William Arthur's The Antiquarian. The engraving shows a view from the harbor with sailing and fishing ships and the nascent town in the background. A fort at right still flies the flag of Mexico. The view is bound in the complete book, whose title continues, "comprising whatever is useful and instructive in ecclesiastical or historical antiquities, serving as a book of useful reference, on subjects of research and curiosity. Vol. III." There are four additional engravings in the text. The bound volume includes an early article on a Mormon miracle. Hardbound in brown cloth with embossed cover and gilt titling on spine, 280pp.


Condition: B

The engraving has some scattered foxing, mostly in margins, and a water stain at left margin. Book cover is a bit worn, contents very good and clean less a little toning or foxing in the first few pages at ends.

Estimate: $80 - $120

Sold for: $160

Closed on 9/20/2006