San Francisco: Bacon & Company, Book and Job Printers, 1874. First Edition. Hardcover. First printing, duodecimo size, 222 pp. Very good +. Item #CNFBV12
As the author (of whom we could find little) states in the book's short introduction: "The history of California during the last twenty-five years is composed of strange events. A more wonderful romance never adorned the pages of fiction; and there has seldom been written, in any age, a history of the rise of so remarkable a State...." He continues to detail the remarkable changes wrought by the discovery of gold, and the incredibe amount of wealth which poured in, bringing so many in its search. He closes by saying "The following pages, on the Golden State and its Resources, were prepared chiefly for circulation abroad; and I have endeavored to compress, into a small space, the most important and interesting facts concerning its past history, and its present prosperious condition."
What we most appreciate is the chapter devoted to the Yosemite Valley; although only thirteen pages, it provides a wonderful glimpse into the Valley as it was seen in 1874, when it was still difficult to access (one got in and out via mule train). The author describes the valley and goes on to enumerate the glories of Bridal Veil Fall, Three Brothers, Cathedral Rock, Sentinel Rock, Yosemite Fall, The Royal Arches, North Dome, Mirror Lake, Half Dome, Vernal Fall, Nevada Fall, and Glacier Point.
___DESCRIPTION: Bound in full aubergine pebbled cloth, double narrow-ruled debossed borders on both boards, front board with a decorative gilt banner surrounding the lettering, gilt lettering on the spine, light pink coated endpapers; duodecimo size (7 1/8" by 4.5"), pagination: [i-v] vi-xii  14-219, [blank, 220] [ 2 pp. ads [for "Golden State Iron Works" and "The Harbin Hot Sulpher Springs"], 221-222].
___CONDITION: Better than very good, with clean boards, gently bumped corners with minimal rubbing, a strong, square text block with solid hinges, the interior is clean and bright, and entirely free of prior owner markings; spine sunned, head and tail of the spine gently bumped with a minute tear to the cloth at the head, one very small old spot of damp on the back board (near the spine), one small (approximately one-quarter of an inch) abrasion to the cloth on the fore-edge of the front board.
___CITATION: Cowan (1964) p. 498, Rocq no. 17101.
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