C.C. Kuchel. “View of San Francisco. 1857.” [Taken from a high point on the south side]. New York: Henry Bill, 1857. Copyrighted in Connecticut. Second state due to date. From The History of the World. 8 x 16 (image) plus generous margins. Tinted lithograph originally by P.S. Duval. Folded as issued. Very good condition.
A wonderful panoramic view of San Francisco near the beginning of the Gold Rush, “Published by the Author of ‘Sights in the Gold Region &c.’” This first-hand print was drawn by C.C. Kuckel (1820-ca. 1865). Kuchel was born in Switzerland and emigrated to America in the 1840s. He moved to San Francisco about the time he drew this image, later forming a lithography firm with Emil Dresel. The scene shows Yerba Buena harbor from Rincon Point, looking towards Telegraph Hill. The town is spread out mostly in the valley, and the harbor is shown bustling with ships—mostly involved in the traffic related to the Gold Rush which started just the year before this print was originally issued in 1850 in Henry Bill’s History of the World.