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VIEW OF THE CONFLAGRATION OF MARYSVILLE ON THE NIGHT OF AUGUST 30th 1851 THREE ENTIRE SQUARES CONSUMED -- LOSS ESTIMATED $500,000 [caption title]
Marysville, Ca.: Published by R.A. Eddy, [before April 24, 1852].. Pictorial letter sheet, 8 3/4 x 10 3/4 inches, on blue paper. Light edgewear, with two small chips in the left edge. Near fine. A striking view of the terrible fire that devastated Marysville, California in late summer, 1851. Fires ransacked many California cities in the 1850s. Marysville was only founded in 1850, but grew quickly as a town on the way to the northern gold fields from San Francisco and Sacramento. The fire that struck on August 30, 1851 destroyed most of the wooden structures in the town. The image shows Marysville engulfed in flames that shoot up at menacing angles, and dark plumes of smoke swirl through the sky. The foreground shows dozens of people watching helplessly, and also depicts the formation of a bucket brigade. According to Baird, this letter sheet was produced before April 24, 1852, and is a reworking of the view of Marysville from two sheets published by Marysville bookseller, R.A. Eddy in 1851 (see Baird 280 and 280a). The lithograph was produced by the San Francisco firm of Justh, Quirot & Company, who also produced other letter sheets and maps for Eddy. Baird located only four copies of this scarce and compelling image. BAIRD, CALIFORNIA'S PICTORIAL LETTER SHEETS 289. CLIFFORD LETTER SHEET COLLECTION 297. PETERS, CALIFORNIA ON STONE, p.137.
      [Bookseller: William Reese Company - Americana]
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