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R.H. Vance
Catalogue of Daguerreotype Panoramic Views in California, 1851

Preface

Within a few years attention has been particularly directed to California. The discovery of Gold, spread over an extent unparalleled in the history of the Precious Metals, has given it an importance in the eyes of the world, never before equalled in the annals of history. To such a pitch has public curiosity been excited, that the smallest item of news in regard to this newly discovered El Dorado, is eagerly seized upon. Much valuable information has been given in regard to the country, by several excellent works, but inasmuch as the sight of a place affords so much more pleasure, and gives so much better knowledge than the bare description possibly can, the Artist flatters himself that the accompanying Views will afford the information so much sought after. These Views are no exaggerated and high-colored sketches, got up to produce effect, but are as every daguerreotype must be, the stereotyped impression of the real thing itself.

They embrace among a variety of others, a splendid Panoramic View of San Francisco from the heights at the head of Clay Street, taking in the whole entire range of the city, harbor, and bay, from Rincon Point to North Beach, with a distant view of the Contra Costa, and the Islands in the Bay. Also, views of Stockton, Coloma, Carson's Creek, Mokelame Hill, the Old Mill where the gold was first discovered, Nevada, Gold Run, Marysville, Sacramento, Benicia, &c., &c. Also, a large collection of views taken of the miners at work, in different localities; also a likeness of Capt. Sutter, and a large collection of sketches of the different tribes of Indians on the Pacific coast. Embracing in all some 300 views, on the largest sized plates, elegantly framed in rosewood and gilding. Which, taken together, furnish a complete picture of California, an object of attraction to every one, from the associations connected with the country, and doubly so to those about visiting that golden land.


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