Chicago: The Chapman Publishing Co., 1905. Hardcover. Quarto size, 1628 pp. Very good. Item #18072502
The state of California has a rich history filled with many diverse characters and events, from the early Spanish settlers, to the building of missions throughout the state, to the discovery of gold in 1848, to its statehood and participation in the American Civil War. J. M. Guinn (1834-1918) creates a detailed narrative of California's history, using the biographical narrative of the forceful characters involved, that, although the book itself was published in 1905 (one year before the devastating 1906 San Francisco earthquake), is still relevant today.
In chapter twenty-seven, titled "Crimes, Criminals, and Vigilance Committees", Guinn writes about Joaquin Murrieta and his Banditti, as well as Tiburcio Vasquez and his gang. This appears to be one of the scarcer reprints, not in Six-Guns and only referred to in Rocq, not available in the marketplace, and a search of OCLC yields only six copies.
___DESCRIPTION: Rebound in full black leather; we believe the original binding was full leather, as there is a paste-down of the original leather front cover with gold lettering, white lettering on the spine, all edges gilt, new white endpapers, black-and-white photographic reproductions of notable figures in California's history throughout; quarto size (11.5" by 9"), pagination: 3 preliminary leaves, 19-27, vii, -1643.
___CONDITION: Volume is very good; with straight corners, a strong, square text block with solid hinges, the interior is clean and bright, and entirely free of prior owner markings; very slight soiling to the boards, some minor rubbing to the corners and to the edges of the boards, original leather paste-down is chipped slightly at the outer margin, bottom gilt edge is faded somewhat, and a few pages have short tears in the margins. Still overall a very good volume, an important resource in understanding the history of San Joaquin.
___CITATIONS: Rocq #12964. Six-Guns #883 (1906 publication). This is a 1905 reprint, not found in Six-Guns; Rocq mentions it in the entry for the 1909 publication "...p. 1-242 is reprinted from author's 'History of the state of California and biographical record of the San Joaquin valley' published in 1905, but remainder of text is different" (Rocq 383).
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