Album with views of San Francisco, Yosemite and other California sites. 1864-66. 39 albumen prints. Each circa 20 x 31 cm. Mounted to gilt-edged album boards (some light foxing, time-stained in edges), bound in brown leather album with brass ornament and clasp and gilt tooling in edges.
A wonderful selection of the most beautiful and famous landmarks of Yosemite Valley and other sites of northern California, including Charles Crocker's Residence, San Francisco; View of San Francisco with Golden Gate; Ferry boats on the Sacramento River, Ca. At Mariposa Grove: Sequoia group, Portrait of Galen Clark in front of the Grizzly Giant, the Grizzly Giant (total view) and the "Wawona Tree". In Yosemite: Inspiration Point, "Half Dome" from Glacier Point, Vernal Falls, The Three Brothers, The Cathedral Spiros and Cathedral Rock, El Capitain, Sentinel Rock, Cascade Falls and The Domes. Other images show a train in Animas Canyon with Needle Mountains, Castle Rock, Price Canyon and a gold mining site. Also includes an early view of Salt Lake City showing the Tabernacle under construction.
Many of the images in this album are by Carleton E. Watkins and printed later by Isaiah W. Taber with his name in the negative. It is an exceptionally beautiful compilation of views of Yosemite and San Francisco. Includes an image of Galen Clark, one of the discoverers of the Mariposa Grove in 1857 and the first ranger of Yosemite Park, in front of the "Grizzly Giant". – A few prints faded, some with light surface scuff marks, otherwise most in good to very good condition with strong contrasts.