San Francisco: Printed at the Grabhorn Press for The Book Club of California, 1941. Smyth, William. Limited Edition. Hardcover. One of 350 copies, folio size, 95 pp. Near fine. Item #CNBR162
In this book, Captain F.W. Beechey (1796-1856), captain of the HMS "Blossom", gives his account of a trip to the harbours of San Francisco and Monterey; the book also contains the descriptions of three of his officers' overland journey from Yerba Buena to Monterey. As Captains Parry and Franklin explored the arctic, Beechey was appointed by His Majesty's Government in 1825 to meet the explorers in Bering Strait, to continue the search for a Northwest Passage south of the Arctic Circle.
This book offers a personal and detailed narrative of Beechey's stay in California during this expedition; the book also has letters relating to the expedition, printed from the originals in the Bancroft Library, in the back of the book. Included also are reproductions of watercolours and drawings by William Smyth (1799-1877), a naval officer and artist who created beautiful landscapes of the sights he encountered while travelling by ship.
___DESCRIPTION: Quarter vellum with red cloth boards, gilt lettering and ornament on the spine, fore- and bottom edges uncut, title page in red and black, four full-colour reproductions of illustrations of Monterey and Upper California by William Smyth throughout, including a frontispiece, black-and-white map of San Francisco harbour created by F.W. Beechey toward the back of the book; handset Lutetia type, French handmade paper, folio size (12.5" by 9.5"), pagination: [i-xii]  2-74 [75-82] [1 colophon], one of 350 copies, unnumbered.
___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; some barely discernible rubbing to the corners, the front pastedown endpaper has a thin, four-inch tear along the hinge (the hinge is not starting, merely the paper next to the hinge has cracked); else fine.
___CITATION: Grabhorn Press Bibliography, no. 354.
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