Lot 57 of 517:
Pictorial letter sheet, Hutchins' California Scenes 1854  

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Lot closed - Sold For (Includes Buyers Premium):$1,320
Estimate:
$2,000 - $3,000

Title:
Hutching's [sic] California Scenes. The California Indians.

Author:
Hutchins, James, engraver

Place:
[San Francisco]

Publisher:
Excelsior Print

Date:
[1854]

Description:

4 page letter sheet on blue laid paper, with 8 captioned wood-engraved views and accompanying text, two pp. handwritten letter.  (4to) 28x23 cm (11x9").

Includes eight views: Indian Fandango/dance; gathering acorns; gathering seeds; mode of traveling; burning their dead; catching grasshoppers; grinding acorns and cooking food. Most images show Indian women at work. Rare Gold Rush Lettersheet, addressed and with postal stamps. Baird 105.

Goodyears Bar two page letter datelined May 1855, signed by T. Meister writes that he is building a wing dam for placer mining on the Yuba River. The writer is concerned over the well being of his brother and sister. He had hoped to bring to California, but decided against it because of the hardship. 


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Condition:
Original folds, general light wear and some staining; a few instances of paper loss/holes where wax seals were located; minor separations starting at some folds; overall very good.


 
Item number:
298971
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