[Havana. 1853]. pp., on a bifolium. Previously folded. Some chipping at fore- edge, slightly affecting text. Light dampstaining and tanning. About very good. Item #WRCAM54601
An attractive Cuban pictorial letter sheet with a neatly executed third-page lithograph illustration of the port of Havana. The image depicts several small boats rowing barrels to and from a loading dock. In another small boat, a plantation owner or some form of dignitary is being rowed to shore by a crew of men. On the right side of the image, several larger ships lie at anchor, and in the background on the shore is the fort guarding the mouth of the harbor, the Morro Castle.
The sheet is filled out by a man named Juan Fabre writing to his parents on Jan. 2, 1853, advising them of his safe arrival in Havana. He talks about meeting up with a relative that he had not seen in two years and working at a shoe shop with another relative, who adds a brief post script on the verso of the second leaf. Pictorial letter sheets of Cuba are quite rare on the market.