1852 San Francisco.
By: Henry Bill
Date: 1852 (Published) New York
Dimensions: 7.75 x 15.75 inches (19 cm x 40 cm)
This lovely genuine hand-colored antique print from Henry Bill’s History of the World depicts San Francisco as it was during the great Gold Rush of the mid 19th century. San Francisco is depicted from a distance, with a perspective looking down over the town and including a harbor of sailing ships extending out to the Bay. It is a remarkably peaceful view which belies the violence of the day, when scalps of Native Americans were at a premium, and genocide reduced their population from its previous three quarters of a million to below 20,000 by 1890.
In the lower left margin are listed thirteen numbered locations which are in the image itself: North Bay, Contra Costa, Yerba Buena island, California Exchange, Plaza, Leonards Warehouse, Rincon Point, Market Street Pier, California Street, Central Wharf, Catholic Church, Marine Telegraph, Anjill Island. "Published for the History of the World by Henry Bill New York" printed under title.
Condition: Print is in B Condition with minor fold separations and a tear that have been superbly restored on the verso.
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