• Fine Printed Books and Manuscr auction at Christies

    Sale 2861

    Fine Printed Books and Manuscripts including Americana

    19 June 2014, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 99

    [SAN FRANCISCO]. GIFFORD, Charles B. (1830-1882?). Panoramic View of San Francisco. San Francisco: A. Rosenfield, 1862.

    Price Realised  

    [SAN FRANCISCO]. GIFFORD, Charles B. (1830-1882?). Panoramic View of San Francisco. San Francisco: A. Rosenfield, 1862.

    Lithographed panoramic view of San Francisco on five panels, joined overall image 320 x 2704 mm (sheet 384 x 2751 mm) linen-backed, with title printed in gilt on blue paper and mounted on verso of first panel. Folded as issued into original red cloth boards, upper panel gilt-lettered, lower panel with gilt device: "Buswell & Co. S.F.;" "Historical Sketch of California" broadside as front pastedown; original cream-toned varnish. (Lacks ties, some light rubbing and staining, fourth section with few tiny words of imprint trimmed away.)

    FIRST EDITION OF THIS RARE PANORAMIC 360-DEGREE VIEW OF SAN FRANCISCO FROM RUSSIAN HILL. The view is divided into five panels each with its own caption and 121 numbered points of interest: Section 1, "From Russian Hill, Looking West" showing Point Lobos Telegraph and Inner Telegraph Station, Presidio, Golden Gate, Lombard Street etc; Section 2, "Looking North" showing Alcatraz, Meiggs Wharf, Pfeiffer's Castle etc; Section 3, "Looking East" Telegraph Hill, Vallejo St., Wharf, Jewish Synagogue, etc.; Section 4, "Looking East & South" showing German M.E. Church, P.M.S. Co's Wharf, Broadway, Steamboat Point, etc.; and Section 5, "Looking South & West" showing Mission Bay, Jobson Observatory, Calvary Cementery, etc. Peters California on Stone pp 167-8; Reps Views 290-295.


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