Lot 158 of 168:
Isaiah West Taber commercial photo album  

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Taber: Pacific Coast Views [cover title] - a custom-made view book of San Francisco businesses, people, schools, hotels, and places of interest along the Pacific Coast

Taber, Isaiah West

San Francisco

I.W. Taber

[c. 1890]


[60] pp. With 46 mounted albumen photographs on stiff gilt-framed stock. Most photos 19.8x23.2 cm (8x10") with a few in smaller format. Some photographs en face with advertisements and descriptive text. (Oblong folio) 26x36.5 cm (10¼x14½"), polished calf album with gilt-stamped cover title.

Offered with print advertisement for Taber's New Photographic Parlors, 22.8x14 cm (5½x9"). Also with a loose albumen photograph "Hotel Del Monte in Mid-Winter", 25x19.2 cm (9¾x7½").  Most photos with Taber's logo and identification number.  Isaiah West Taber was the leading entrepreneurial photographer of 19th-century California and the self-proclaimed master of the instantaneous photograph. Of particular note is the interior view of the Taber studio.

San Francisco views include:

  • Taber's Studios
  • The Baldwin Hotel
  • Golden Gate Park
  • The Van Ness Hotel
  • Hotel Pleasanton
  • Chinese Butcher and Grocery Shop in Chinatown
  • Maud Stover (theater actress)
  • Ships in SF Bay: Cruiser Charleston, Cruiser Olympia, and Cruiser Monterey.

Oakland and Berkeley views include:

  • An Oakland school run by Mrs. M.K. Blake
  • Hotel Crellin
  • Mills Seminary and College
  • Lakeside Sanitorium (near Lake Merritt)
  • State University, Berkeley, CA

Yosemite views include:

  • El Capitan
  • Mirror Lake
  • Agassiz Column
  • Vernal Falls (multiple views)
  • Nevada Falls
  • Glacier Point

Other views include:

  • Lick Observatory
  • Carmel Mission
  • Hotel Del Monte
  • Santa Barbara Mission
  • Los Olivos in Santa Barbara and large Santa Barbara Grape Vine
  • The Palasades
  • Geyser Canyon
  • Devil's Pulpit
  • Mammoth Forest Big Trees
  • Tuolomne Grove 
  • Mt. Shasta
  • O&C Railroad Loop featuring three trestles in Siskiyou, CA
  • Alaska - general and section views of Muir Glacier


Lot Amendments

Light rubbing with a few scuffs; minor fading to some photographs, occasional foxing, offsetting onto photograph of Santa Barbara Mission; very good overall.

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