167. [CALIFORNIA PICTORIAL LETTER SHEET]. VIEW OF THE LAST GREAT CONFLAGRATION IN SAN-FRANCISCO ON THE 22d. OF JUNE 1851. | Ten Squares burned, Loss $3,000,000. View taken from the head of California Street during the progress of the fire | Pub. & Lith. by Justh Quirot & Co. California St. corner Montgomery. S. F. [Baird 301]
View, from Nob Hill diagonally over the Plaza to Telegraph Hill, of burning city; bay in background. (Issued before July 14, 1851.)
Lithograph. 18.4 x 26.7 cm (neat line to neat line), on a sheet measuring 21.7 x 27.3 cm, gray wove. Very good. Creased where formerly folded, small loss at top just touching image supplied in facsimile. Several contemporary ink ms notes at bottom marking places in the scene.
Peters, California on Stone, p. 137 & Plate 45. This devastating fire was San Francisco’s sixth since Christmas Eve of 1849. Exploding kegs of miners’ blasting powder and bands of looters added to the terror. See Lot 160 for notes on the history of California pictorial lettersheets. ($400-800)
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