A collection of 50 mammoth plate
photographs of Yosemite, the New Almaden Mine, and Mendocino, California by American
photographer Carleton E. Watkins (1829-1916). The prints were in a two-volume set, now
disbound, containing a title page dated 1863 and a dedication page reading: "To Ernest
Frignet / His California Friends / April 1864." The photographs are landscape views of
Yosemite and the Mariposa giant sequoias, taken by Watkins in 1861, followed by 1863 views
of New Almaden Quicksilver Mine and Mendocino, both in Northern California.
Carleton E. Watkins (1829-1916) was born in 1829 in Oneonta, New York. In 1851, he migrated
to Sacramento, California in the company of businessman Collis P. Huntington and several
other residents of Oneonta. He began his photographic career as an apprentice to established
San Francisco Bay area studio photographers Robert H. Vance (1825–1876) and James May Ford
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50 mammoth plate photographs in 2 volumes (disbound): albumen prints; size of
prints varies, approximately 40 x 53 cm; volumes each 53 x 67 cm
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