1856 Henry Bill Map and View of San Francisco, California
Description: A highly appealing view map of San Francisco dating to 1856. Reveals San Francisco as seen from Nob Hill looking down California Street. Telegraph Hill appears on the left. Shows numerous buildings and ships throughout. The most important buildings and locations are identified numerically. These include North Bay, Contra Costa, Yerba Buena Island, the California Exchange, the Plaza, Leanardís Warehouse, Ricon Point, the Market Street Pier, California Street, Central Warf, the Catholic Church, the Marine Telegraph, and Anjill Island. Published by Henry Bill for inclusion in the 1856 edition of his History of the World. There are seven different printings of this view, the earliest appearing in 1850 with subsequent editions in 1851, 1852, 1854, 1855, 1856, and 1857. Only the 1851 version appears to be from a different plate.
Date: 1856 (dated)
Source: Maunder, S., History of the World, (Henry Bill, New York, 1856.
References: University of California, Berkley, Bancroft Library, "Robert B. Honeyman, Jr. Collection of Early Californian and Western American Pictorial Material," BANC PIC 1963.002:0554--B.
Cartographer: Henry Bill (fl. c. 1850- c. 1857) was a Connecticut based publisher and historian active in the middle part of the 19th century. He published a number of histories including Samuel Maunder's well-regarded two volume History of the World. Click here for a list of rare maps by Henry Bill.
Size: Printed area measures 16.5 x 9 inches (41.91 x 22.86 centimeters)
Condition: Very good. Original fold lines. Minor spot toning to center and upper right corner - see image - that could be professionally neutralized.
Code: SanFrancisco-bill-1858 (Necessary for phone inquiries: 646-320-8650)