The San Francisco Earthquake and Fire of April 18, 1906; and Their Effects on Structures and Structural Materials

Washington: Government Printing Office, 1907. Hardcover. Octavo size, 293 pp. Near fine. Item #18121225

The earthquake and subsequent fire in San Francisco in 1906 had devastating effects on the city; most of the city was destroyed and it is estimated that approximately 3,000 people died, the greatest loss of life from a natural disaster in California history (n. b., info from Wikipedia). This volume contains reports detailing the effects of the earthquake and fire, examining the damage to individual buildings as well as materials and methods to rebuild more earthquake- and fireproof structures; the second half of the book contains black-and-white plates depicting the destruction from the natural disasters.

Originally issued in wraps, this book is bound in contemporary cloth, and it came to us with a small booklet of editional photographs of the destruction of the city. We doubt the booklet was issued with the book; however, we are offering them together.

___DESCRIPTION: Full dark grey cloth, gilt rules and lettering on the spine, fifty-four black-and-white plates showing the effects of the earthquake and fire, one fold-out panorama black-and-white photograph of the damage from the fire to the city, two fold-out maps detailing areas of the city damaged by the fire and by the earthquake; octavo size (9" by 6"), pagination: [i-ii] iii-xii 1-170 [171-281]. With small booklet loosely laid in titled "16 Views of the San Francisco Fire and Earthquake", which includes black-and-white photographs of the damage caused by the fire and earthquake.

___CONDITION: Volume is near fine, with clean boards, straight corners, a strong, square text block with solid hinges, the interior is clean and bright, and entirely free of prior owner markings; very faint sunning to the spine, corners are slightly rubbed, and there is minor soiling to the title page, but no text is obscured. The small booklet is near fine, clean overall with a few minor marks to the covers, without wear.

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Price: $150.00