San Francisco: Lith. & Published by Quirot & Co., 1853. Pictorial letter sheet on grey paper, 8 1/4 x 10 3/4 inches. With blank conjugate leaf attached. Minor edge and corner wear. Manuscript numbering in upper right. Rear blank leaf with minor soiling, dampstaining on lower right of both leaves, slightly affecting image. About very good. A pictoral letter sheet presenting a sardonic view of the diversions available to miners in California, depicted in four woodcut vignettes, each showing two men engaged in various activities. The first image, "A Sundays Amusements," shows the two miners washing their clothes in a stream and hanging them in a nearby tree; in the second, "A Daily Pleasure," the scowling men cook dinner in a log cabin while a dog watches on; the third piece, "Occupation for Rainy Days," depicts the dishevelled figures in their tent as they set about repairing boots and pants; in the final vignette, "A Pleasant Surprise," the two miners open the flaps of their tent to discover a bear inside, warming its hands at their fire. The letter is undated, but the lithographer C. Quirot operated his own print shop under the name of Quirot & Co. in San Francisco from 1851 to 1853. The lithographers Britton & Rey took over Quirot's press, and reused several of his stones, including this one, but this is the first edition. BAIRD, CALIFORNIA'S PICTORIAL LETTER SHEETS 268. CLIFFORD LETTER SHEET COLLECTION 276. PALMQUIST, PIONEER PHOTOGRAPHERS OF THE FAR WEST, p.451. PETERS, CALIFORNIA ON STONE, p.78 & plate 39 (ref). (Inventory #: WRCAM51709)
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