Item #3581 "Silver Wedding." The Twenty-fifth Anniversary of the Founding of the First Congregational Church of San Francisco, Celebrated Wednesday, July 29th, 1874. Grafton Tyler Brown, California.
"Silver Wedding." The Twenty-fifth Anniversary of the Founding of the First Congregational Church of San Francisco, Celebrated Wednesday, July 29th, 1874
"Silver Wedding." The Twenty-fifth Anniversary of the Founding of the First Congregational Church of San Francisco, Celebrated Wednesday, July 29th, 1874

"Silver Wedding." The Twenty-fifth Anniversary of the Founding of the First Congregational Church of San Francisco, Celebrated Wednesday, July 29th, 1874

San Francisco: Spaulding & Barto, 1874. 138pp., including five full-page lithographic or engraved plates and four mounted photographs. 12mo. Original brown pebbled cloth, gilt titles to front cover and spine. Modern clear tape repairs to spine, shelf marks to spine, remnants of white sticker on rear board, corners worn. Ex-Los Angeles County Public Library, with pictorial bookplate on front pastedown, occasional marginal ink stamp, and blind-embossed stamp to every plate. Scattered minor foxing. Good. Item #3581

A scarce work celebrating the twenty-fifth anniversary of the First Congregational Church in San Francisco, most notable for the inclusion of two tinted lithographs by African-American artist Grafton Tyler Brown. The two lithos by Brown include a handsome exterior view of the church and a stunning interior view of the church executed from the balcony, facing each other. The former includes an imprint line below the illustration reading, "Lith. G.T. Brown & Co. S.F." According to Cowan, the work "contains the early history of the church, with photographic views. The portraits are of its successive pastors." The latter refers to the four mounted portrait photographs interspersed along with the engravings and lithographs.

"In 1874, Brown supplied yellow-tinted exterior and interior views of the First Congregational Church of San Francisco for the Spaulding & Barto publication Silver Wedding celebrating the 1849 founding of the church. Four tipped-in photographs of Congregational ministers made the book additionally notable" - Chandler.
Cowan, p.205. Robert Chandler, San Francisco Lithographer African American Artist Grafton Tyler Brown (Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 2014), p.75.

Price: $950.00