California's Pictorial Letter Sheets, 1849-1869

San Francisco, (CA): David Magee, 1967. First edition, 1/475 copies printed by Robert Grabhorn and Andrew Hoyem. Folio. 171 pp. Illustrated, 59 full-page plates of the letter sheet illustrations, some folding, facsimile in pocket on rear pastedown. "[Produced] in the two decades following 1849 [as] vivid pictorial records on sheets of writing paper, [California letter sheets] remain the major surviving visual account of California in that era. California letter sheets are a curious blend of local enthusiasm and topical recording ... [ranging] from rough, on-the-spot 'impressions' to studied photographic realism" (Introduction). Very good. Publisher's red morocco-backed patterned boards. (#8382). Item #61150

Price: $200.00

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