San Francisco, 1862. From Russian Hill: GIFFORD, Charles B. (1830-1880) San Francisco, 1862. From Russian Hill: GIFFORD, Charles B. (1830-1880) San Francisco, 1862. From Russian Hill: GIFFORD, Charles B. (1830-1880) San Francisco, 1862. From Russian Hill: GIFFORD, Charles B. (1830-1880)

San Francisco, 1862. From Russian Hill

GIFFORD, Charles B. (1830-1880)

Published by Printed by L. Nagel, published by A. Rosenfield, 1862
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Tinted lithograph, in five sections (14¾ x 108 inches overall), linen-backed. (Varnished, possibly contemporaneously; sectional titles trimmed close, affecting imprint). Title leaf printed on blue paper and mounted to verso of first section. "Historical Sketch of California" mounted to pastedown of front board. Bound into original folio-sized blue cloth boards, gilt device of "Buswell & Co. S.F." on front board (Upper cover detached) , in a folding cloth box. Gifford's San Francisco panorama: the most ambitious Western view of the period. This extraordinary lithograph - actually five sheets joined together totaling nine feet in length - is the first panorama of San Francisco, one of the most striking early views of that city, and the most ambitious city view undertaken in the American West up to that time. Not until Eadweard Muybridge's photographic panorama of San Francisco several decades later was the city shown so completely in a single view. "One of the rarest and most important of items relating to San Francisco" (Eberstadt). Gifford's view, taken from Russian Hill, was executed in five separate sections, each with full title information, and a text of numbered locations runs across the bottom of the entire panorama, with 121 places identified. The Presidio, Marin headlands, Mount Tamalpais, and a very underdeveloped portion of San Francisco can be seen in section one, Alcatraz and the area between Russian and Telegraph hills (including Meiggs Wharf) in section two, and Telegraph Hill and the first heavily built-up streets in section three. Section four includes the most densely settled area, along Market and Mission, stretching into section five, which goes to Mission Dolores and beyond, and which also features the Jobson Observatory on Russian Hill. Details of buildings, streets, and other features are rendered with great exactness and a stunning wealth of detail. Churches, synagogues, hospitals, the Masonic temple, wharves, and streets are all identified. ".[I]t took an ambitious project like Charles Gifford's multisectioned panorama to record completely the city's tremendous growth" (Deák). The artist, Charles Gifford, came to California in 1860, and was active until 1877. According to Reps, "Gifford's finest and most ambitious view was a sweeping panorama from Russian Hill." The view was lithographed by Louis Nagel, who had been well-known as a lithographer in New York before coming to San Francisco in 1856. Reps and Woodbridge note that the publisher, Rosenfield, made the panorama available in three versions in 1862: one, as here, printed on thin paper and mounted on cloth; another printed on single sheets on heavier paper; and a third mounted on cloth and fastened to wooden rollers. Deák and Reps locate six copies of this panorama (MWA, DLC, CU-B, CSmH, Wells Fargo, California State Pioneers). Peters calls it "important and rare." It is an incredible production, both as a landmark in western lithography, and as a view of a major American city in the midst of a period of tremendous growth. Baird & Evans, Historic lithographs of San Francisco 38a; Deák, Picturing America, 776; Eberstadt 133:236; Peters, California on stone , pp.167-68; Peters, America on stone, pp.195, 291; Reps, Views & viewmakers 290-295; Streeter sale 2872; Woodbridge, San Francisco in maps & views , pp.68-71. Bookseller Inventory #

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Title: San Francisco, 1862. From Russian Hill
Publisher: Printed by L. Nagel, published by A. Rosenfield
Publication Date: 1862

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Book Description San Francisco: Printed by L. Nagel, published by A. Rosenfield, ., 1862. Tinted lithograph, in five sections, 15 x 108 inches, printed on heavier paper. Expertly conserved and mounted on tissue. Staining and some paper loss, almost entirely confined to the lower margin (caption portion) of the center portion and right half of the entire image. The image itself is quite bright with nice variations in tone. In good condition overall. This extraordinary lithograph - actually five sheets joined together - is the first panorama of San Francisco, one of the most striking early views of that city, and the most ambitious city view undertaken in the American West up to that time. Not until Edward Muybridge's photographic panorama of San Francisco several decades later was the city shown so completely in a single view. "One of the rarest and most important of items relating to San Francisco" - Eberstadt. Gifford's view, taken from Russian Hill, was executed in five separate sections, each with full title information, and a text of numbered locations runs across the bottom of the entire panorama, with one hundred places identified. The Presidio can be seen in section one, Alcatraz in section two, and the first heavily built-up streets in section three. Section four includes the most densely settled area, along Market and Mission, stretching into section five, which goes to Mission Dolores and beyond. Details of buildings, streets, and other features are rendered with great exactness and a stunning wealth of detail. Churches, synagogues, the Masonic temple, wharves, and streets are all identified. ".[I]t took an ambitious project like Charles Gifford's multisectioned panorama to record completely the city's tremendous growth" - Deak. The artist, Charles Gifford, came to California in 1860, and was active until 1877. According to Reps, "Gifford's finest and most ambitious view was a sweeping panorama from Russian Hill." The view was lithographed by Louis Nagel, who had been well-known as a lithographer in New York before coming to San Francisco in 1856. Reps notes that the publisher, Rosenfield, made the panorama available in three versions in 1862: one printed on thin paper and mounted on cloth; another as here, printed on single sheets on heavier paper; and a third mounted on cloth and fastened to wooden rollers. Deak and Reps locate six copies of this panorama (MWA, DLC, CU-B, CSmH, Wells Fargo, California State Pioneers). Peters calls it "important and rare." It is an incredible production, both as a landmark in western lithography, and as a view of a major American city in the midst of a period of tremendous growth. DEÁK, PICTURING AMERICA, 776. REPS, VIEWS & VIEWMAKERS 290-295. PETERS, CALIFORNIA ON STONE, pp.167-68. PETERS, AMERICA ON STONE, pp.195, 291. STREETER SALE 2872. BAIRD & EVANS, HISTORIC LITHOGRAPHS OF SAN FRANCISCO 38a. EBERSTADT 133:236. Seller Inventory # WRCAM 36485A

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