Sep 28, 2017 - Sale 2455

Sale 2455 - Lot 60

Price Realized: $ 812
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 600 - $ 900
(CALIFORNIA.) Cheney, Warren; and Harry Dix. Yosemite Illustrated in Colors. 13 chromolithograph plates on heavy board. [4] preliminary text leaves plus [13] leaves of verse printed on the tissue facing each plate and [13] leaves of illustrated descriptive text on boards following each plate. Large 4to, publisher's gilt pictorial red cloth with green paper overlays, minor wear, backstrip ends repaired; rehinged, minimal wear to contents; early pencil signature on front free endpaper. San Francisco: H.S. Crocker, 1890

Additional Details

The 13 chromolithograph views are the stars of this show, sketched by H.W. Hansen and Carll Dahlgren. Each is accompanied by a page of illustrated text by Warren Cheney and a poem by Harry Dix. The views consist of classic Yosemite scenes such as Sentinel Rock, El Capitan, and the Bridal Veil, plus one of the snow plant. According to a review in the Inland Printer (December 1890, page 242), each of the plates was printed in 17 colors, which required a total of 221 stones. 2000 copies were printed and the voluminous stones then destroyed due to the excessive storage cost. The production was offered in three bindings, the present being described as "full cloth, with fancy paper finish."