New Mexico, Arizona, California, Nevada, Utah, & Colorado 1884 C. G. G. [album title]. 44 albumen prints, various sizes, from 3 1/2 x 2 3/4 inches (four prints) to 7 x 4 1/4 inches, mostly the latter. Images mounted in an oblong quarto three-quarter brown leather and black pebbled cloth album. GEORGE FISKE.
New Mexico, Arizona, California, Nevada, Utah, & Colorado 1884 C. G. G. [album title]. 44 albumen prints, various sizes, from 3 1/2 x 2 3/4 inches (four prints) to 7 x 4 1/4 inches, mostly the latter. Images mounted in an oblong quarto three-quarter brown leather and black pebbled cloth album.
New Mexico, Arizona, California, Nevada, Utah, & Colorado 1884 C. G. G. [album title]. 44 albumen prints, various sizes, from 3 1/2 x 2 3/4 inches (four prints) to 7 x 4 1/4 inches, mostly the latter. Images mounted in an oblong quarto three-quarter brown leather and black pebbled cloth album.
New Mexico, Arizona, California, Nevada, Utah, & Colorado 1884 C. G. G. [album title]. 44 albumen prints, various sizes, from 3 1/2 x 2 3/4 inches (four prints) to 7 x 4 1/4 inches, mostly the latter. Images mounted in an oblong quarto three-quarter brown leather and black pebbled cloth album.

New Mexico, Arizona, California, Nevada, Utah, & Colorado 1884 C. G. G. [album title]. 44 albumen prints, various sizes, from 3 1/2 x 2 3/4 inches (four prints) to 7 x 4 1/4 inches, mostly the latter. Images mounted in an oblong quarto three-quarter brown leather and black pebbled cloth album. A compromised album of photographs acquired by C. G. G. during a grand tour of the American West made in the 1880s (probably a Raymond tour) with some of the non-California images removed (a fact not noted by the seller, a well-known auction gallery). It would have been nice if the other images were there (and of course the pictorial record would be more valuable, historically and commercially), but our interest lies in the presence of the nineteen photographs of Yosemite by Fiske, all 7 x 4 1/4 inches, as follows (all titles are supplied by the cataloguer, negative numbers are given when readable, all are signed in the negative by Fiske): (1) Bridal Veil Falls, #309; (2) El Capitan, #311; (3) Three Brothers, #315; (4) Cathedral Rock, #312; (5) Sentinel Rock with Leidig's Hotel in foreground, #524; (6) Yosemite Falls from Butterfly Avenue, #327; (7) Union Point, #354; (8) Glacier Point, #357; (9) Tenaya Canyon from Glacier Point, #358; (10) Vernal and Nevada Falls and Little Yosemite from Glacier Point, #360; (11) Glacier Point overhanging rock with Yosemite Falls in the distance, number obscured; (12) North Dome and Royal Arches, #431; (13) Vernal Fall, #348; (14) Nevada Fall and Cap of Liberty from trail to Union Point, #347; (15) Switchbacks on horse trail between Vernal and Nevada Falls, #441; (16) Nevada Fall, #439; (17) Little Yosemite Valley?, #479; (18) Looking down the Valley, #325 (? number partly obscured); and (19) Ice covered rocks in winter, #203. Images of other popular attractions in California include the Geysers (one view), the Petrified Forrest (one view), Lake Tahoe (three views) and at least a half dozen views of Southern California. Missing are some of the Southwestern views and all of the Utah images (assuming Utah views were present). Most of the Yosemite images are sharp, with good contrast. Album leather refurbished; mounts tanned at edges and several are foxed as well. Provenance: Heritage Auctions, In Focus: 19th Century Photographs, sale 17163 (28 September 2021), lot 30065, $4500 ($3600 hammer plus $900 buyer premium). Enclosed in a quarter leather clamshell box. (#168037).

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