San Francisco from Russian Hill, 1862
San Francisco, 1862. From Russian Hill. C.B. Gifford, del. et lith. Printed by L. Nagel, S.F. Published by A. Rosenfield, S.F. Entered according to Act of Congress in the year 1862 by A. Rosenfield ... Northern District of California. (label) Panoramic view of San Francisco. A five sheet, nine foot, panoramic 360 degree view of early San Francisco from the top of Russian Hill. First edition. Reps calls this "Gifford's finest and most ambitious view" and Peters refers to it as "This important and rare panorama." It was issued in three forms: on thin paper mounted on cloth and folded into an album with covers, on heavy paper as five separate sheets, and on heavy paper backed with linen and attached to wooden rollers (wall map style). This copy is the first form, but without the album. There are 125 numbered references in the lower margin identifying buildings, etc. Printed by L. Nagel. There was a second edition in 1863. This copy originally had the five sheets joined and folded into covers, with the original blue title label on the verso of the first sheet.