(CALIFORNIA GOLD RUSH). FERRAN, Augusto; and BATURONE, Jose. [Album Californianos] 5 (of 14). hand colored lithographs. Havanna: Litografia de L. Marquier, [circa 1850]. Each matted and housed in a burgundy cloth box. Howes F94; Driesbach/Jones, Art of the Gold Rush, p. 17; Peters California on Stone, p. 160. The Cuban artists Augusto Ferran and Jose Baturone arrived in San Francisco in early 1849 to join the Gold Rush, beating out the arrival of the majority of artists who arrived in significant numbers only in the late spring. Ferran and Baturone did not stay long, however, and returned to Havana to publish this series in late 1849 or, more likely, 1850. The vivid depictions of miners convening in San Francisco in 1849 are full of personality and humor. The complete series of 14 prints is known in only two institutional copies (Yale and Huntington). The last appearance of any from this series that we trace at auction was in 1971. The prints present here are: [Plate 4] Un Protector de las artes / A Protector of the Arts. Old creases, contempory ink caption in French in lower right corner. 14 1/8 x 11 inches. [Plate 7] Que buen tabaco! / An exellent Segar! 13-5/8 x 10-1/4 inches [Plate 9] Dos observadores / Two observators. Slightly trimmed but well outside the image. 13-5/8 x 10-1/4 inches [Plate 10] Argumentos solidos / Solid arguments. Old creases. Contempory ink caption in French in lower right corner. 14 x 11 inches [Plate 12] Realizacion/ Selling off. 13-5/8 x 10-1/4 inches.