Item #23010218 Bancroft's Tourist's Guide; Yosemite. San Francisco and Around the Bay, (South). A L. Bancroft, Co.
Bancroft's Tourist's Guide; Yosemite. San Francisco and Around the Bay, (South)
Bancroft's Tourist's Guide; Yosemite. San Francisco and Around the Bay, (South)
Bancroft's Tourist's Guide; Yosemite. San Francisco and Around the Bay, (South)
Bancroft's Tourist's Guide; Yosemite. San Francisco and Around the Bay, (South)
Bancroft's Tourist's Guide; Yosemite. San Francisco and Around the Bay, (South)

Bancroft's Tourist's Guide; Yosemite. San Francisco and Around the Bay, (South)

San Francisco: A.L. Bancroft & Company, 1872. Hardcover. The 1872 reissue of the 1871 first edition, sixmo size, 316 pp. Very good. Item #23010218

Published just two years after the completion of the transcontinental railroad, which enabled easier and faster travel westward, this pocket travel guide to Yosemite was published "for the ordinary use of the average tourist". In the Preface (dated June, 1871) they point out the merits to this more concise, economical version and go on to state "In a new and fast-growing State, like ours, where railroad companies sometimes lay nearly a league of track a day, it is simply impossible that any publication should remain perfectly accurate in every particular, even for twenty-four hours after its first issue" and offer their thanks in advance to "any traveler, railroad, stage or saddle-train agent, or hotel manager" who submits later information or corrections.

Per Currey, pages [7]-71 comprise a guide to Yosemite Valley and the Calaveras, Mariposa, and "southern" giant sequoia groves; it also describes northern routes to the valley with rates for hotels, livery, and guides. The "Contents" page includes not just Yosemite and The Big Trees, but also Bower Cave, Alabaster Cave, San Francisco, Sacramento, Stockton, Oakland, San Jose, Mt. Diablo, Lake Tahoe, Donner Lake, and more.

This the 1872 reissue, noted as such the the top of the front board ("Corrected For 1872") and with both the inserted leaf at the front ("Changes for 1872") and two advertising plates, one in colour and the other with blind-embossed monograms. The first edition was published in 1871 and, while somewhat scarce in the marketplace, as of this writing we see no copies online of this 1872 reissue.

This volume with an array of interesting bookseller and prior owner labels and bookplates. On the front board is a small vintage bookseller's ticket (applied over the publisher's name) from "Libbey & Swett, Booksellers, San Francisco" (of whom we can find no information); on the front pastedown is another bookseller's ticket from "Fred M. DeWitt, Bookseller, 620 Fourteenth St., Oakland, Cal". There are two very tasteful Ex-Libris: on the front pastedown is that belonging to Thomas Wayne Norris (1878-1952), a renowned collector of Californiana; and on the front free endpaper is that of Robert Delareuelle.

___DESCRIPTION: Printed paper over boards, the front with the bookseller ticket referred to above, the leaf with the "Changes for 1872" tipped onto the title page (the title page with the original 1871 date), copyright date of 1871, "Complete Index" on pp. [253]-256, this followed by the two new advertising plates, followed by "Index to Advertisers", followed by fifty-six pages of ads, another ad printed on peach-coloured paper mounted onto the rear pastedown; sixmo size (6 3/8" by 4 1/2"), pagination: [i-ii] [1-5] 6-256 [2 leaves] [i-ii, Index to Advertisements], [iii-lviii, publisher's ads], with an additional ad being pasted onto the rear pastedown ("Joseph Gillott's Steel Pens of the Old Standard Quality").

___CONDITION: A solid very good copy, we had a professional (name available upon request) restore the joints and spine and the binding is now strong and sturdy, the hinges are solid, the text block strong and sturdy, and other than the two Ex-Libris referred to above, the sole prior owner markings we see are the names of two companies written in pencil (noted "Sacramento") at the top of the rear free endpaper; the corners rubbed (all with slight loss of the paper covering), some rubbing to the bottom edges of the boards, the tipped-in "Changes" page extends very slightly from the text block a few millimeters with resulting toning and edgewear, the two inserted advertising leaves also extending very slightly, the glue used to tip them into the text block resulting in a very small tear to the first page of the "Index to Advertisers". Still a very good copy, with excellent provenance.

___CITATION: Cowan (1964 ed.) pg. 33 (for the First Edition), Currey 5.

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Price: $350.00

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