Berlin: J. Hesse, [ca. 1851]. Handcolored lithographic print, 19 1/2 x 14 1/2 inches. Minute browning and edge wear in margins. Color bright and clean. Very good. Archival matting, and protected with mylar sheet. Item #WRCAM31449
Variant issue, without priority, of this delightful early view of Sacramento, showing the city inland from the harbor, complete with bustling streets and wharf. In the harbor are two ships flying American flags, one steamer, and what is presumably a Mexican vessel. One large building facing the water is adorned with an elephant across the upper portion of its facade. The elephant figured prominently in the gold rush mythos. Those who said they "saw the elephant" meant that they had been there and seen the big show (as in "went to the circus and saw the elephant"). Thus, an early example of California billboard advertising. The print was most likely extracted from the German MAGAZIN IN BERLIN... and has an unrelated image on the verso. Reps locates only four copies. A rare California view. REPS, VIEWS &VIEWMAKERS 218.