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W.C. Gifford, Birds-Eye View City of San Jose, 1875

Framed early view of San Jose, published by W.C. Gifford in 1875 and lithographed in San Francisco by A.L. Bancroft. Among its more unusual features, the map shows a very early view of California baseball game. California's first official baseball game was held on February 22, 1860, in San Francisco. Dimensions: (sheet) 19.75"h x 29.75"w; (framed) 27.75"h x 37.75"w. Processing and shipping within the continental U.S. $105.00 plus 1.5% replacement cost insurance.

Charles B. Gifford began drawing views of California in 1860.  His earliest views include the Mission Dolores, Vallejo and Santa Clara.  Most of his work was published by Louis Nagel. A lithographer and landscape artist, Charles Gifford was born in 1830 in Massachusetts and appears to have moved to California about 1855 with his wife, Josepha of Nicaragua. After settling in San Francisco, he worked with various lithographers such as the Nahi brothers and Grafton Tyler Brown, before becoming a partner of William V. Gray in a lithography firm. 

Condition:

Scattered discolorations and toning over entire piece. 1.25" tear right mid margin. Several tears upper margin, largest 1.5". Few tears left margin, largest .75". 1" tear lower margin. Scattered losses at all edges. Minor wear to frame. Witherell's strives to provide as much information and photographs as possible but encourages in-person inspection by bidders. Condition statements are only for general guidance and should not be relied upon as complete statements of fact and do not constitute a representation, warranty or assumption of liability by Witherell's. All lots are sold "AS IS" under terms and conditions. Please be advised we do not provide porters nor packing materials for pick ups.

Starting Price: $1,250
Estimate: $2,500 - $5,000
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Witherell's strives to provide as much information and photographs as possible but encourages in-person inspection by bidders. Condition statements are only for general guidance and should not be relied upon as complete statements of fact and do not constitute a representation, warranty or assumption of liability by Witherell's. All lots are sold "AS IS" under the Terms and Conditions. Methods of payment are cash, check, money orders, or wire transfer for foreign payments. Please note we do not accept credit cards. This auction has a buyer's premium of 21% when bidding through witherells.com.