Very detailed engraving depicting four birds-eye views of “CHARLESTON, S.C.” with original hand-coloring on heavy black stock with gold border. Image size: 5 3/8 x 8 1/4'' - Paper size 8 7/8 x 11 5/8''
Published in New York, c. mid 1850’s by Charles Magnus - best known today for the colorful patriotic envelopes and letter sheets he issued. As one of his “most effective techniques” he also published a deluxe edition of city views, where “he printed the image on paper having wide black margins, colored the view, and enclosed it within a gold border. When framed it would have resembled an expensive glass-mounted print.” (Ref: Reps, Washington on View, pg 128).
This image is a scarce original from the deluxe 1850's edition.
Presented in an archival 11 x 14'' mat