Rare California gold-rush era pictorial lettersheet printed on light blue paper with descriptive text surrounded by 8 wood-engravings after Charles Nahl. Size: 11 x 9 inches. The engraved scenes include Gathering Acorns; Grinding Acorns &c; Cooking Food; Mode of Traveling; Catching Grasshoppers; Gathering Seeds; Burning Their Dead; and An Indian Fandango. The text provides a general description of their physical attributes, habits and lifestyle, e.g. "Their women do the work, the men the eating, grumbling and sleeping. Their dress consists of any odd and cast-off garments of the whites. Their food is acorns roots, grasshoppers, weed and flower seeds, grass, clover, wild greens, rabbits, rats, squirrels and fish; but they prefer beef, biscuit, and whiskey". *** Condition: Folded as issued with tiny holes at a couple of fold intersections and a chip near the lower left corner margin that does not enter the outer border. Archival tissue reinforcements to several folds on verso (which is blank). A good example of one of the most popular and interesting lettersheets of the day. Bookseller Inventory #
Title: Hutching's California Scenes. The California...
Publisher: James M. Hutchings
Publication Date: 1854
Illustrator: Charles Nahl
Book Condition: Good
Edition: First Edition
Book Description Sun Print, 1854. Lettersheet. Hutching's (sic) California Scenes/The California Indians created by Nahl, Charles Christian (1818-1878) , German, artist Anthony & Baker (active 1850s) , engraver Hutchings, J. M. (James Mason) (1820-1902) , publisher Sun Print (active c. 1850) , printer. 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. Print on blue laid paper: wood engraving 11" x 9". This issue does not include publisher credit and copyright date as sometimes found at the foot of the vignette sheet. Interior is blank. Corners are rounded with light chipping to the edges. Several small areas of light brown discoloration. Blind embossed stamp on verso of clipper ship and "packet post London". Rhodes & Sons watermarked paper. ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall. Seller Inventory # 012679