San Francisco: John Henry Nash, 1936. Limited Edition. Hardcover. One of 1000 copies, quarto size, 60 pp., inscribed by Ernest A. Wiltsee. Near fine / very good +. Item #16060114
This book is the endeavor of historian Ernest A. Wiltsee (1862-1947) to collect letters and other written statements providing an eye-witness account of the events preceding and during the Bear Flag Revolt. Wiltsee draws his conclusions about Fremont from the texts and correspondences themselves, and provides documents that had not been brought to light before, in this look at a controversial character during a pivotal moment in California history. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper as follows: "To my friend / B.F. Vandenberg Esq / with the best compliments / of E A Wiltsee".
___DESCRIPTION: Quarter tan cloth with grey paper boards, tan paper spine label with black lettering, fore- and bottom edges rough cut, prior owner bookplate on the front paste-down endpaper, frontispiece a facsimile of the receipt given to Thomas O. Larkin by Thomas Cole for the expense of carrying despatch to Gillespie and Fremont; Estienne type, American paper, quarto size (10.5" by 7"), pagination: [i-iv] v-vi 1-54, one of 1000 copies, unnumbered, inscribed as set forth above. In a brown paper dust wrapper, with black lettering and ruled borders on the front and back covers, black lettering on the spine.
___CONDITION: Volume is near fine, with clean boards, straight corners, a strong, square text block with solid hinges, the interior is clean and bright, with the only prior owner markings being the bookplate mentioned above; extremely slight rubbing to the bottom edges of the boards, and some age-toning to both front and back endpapers; else fine. The dust wrapper is somewhat better than very good, clean overall except for some very minimal soiling, no sunning, with a small tear (one half inch) at the top edge of the back cover, and rubbing to the head and tail of the spine.
___CITATION: O'Day, pp. 94-95.
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