Cincinnati: Indianapolis, Cincinnati & Lafayette R.R., 1870. First Edition. 5 x 7.75 inches, vii, 156 pp, with folding map showing the route of the excursion. Original blue cloth boards with decoration in gilt, all edges gilt. Rubbing to extremities, front hinge starting, tiny loss to map at one fold; still very good overall. H.M. Stephenson of Covington, Kentucky has signed the front pastedown and flyleaf, and his name is also stamped in gilt on the front cover. Account of a journey made by a party of 53 businessmen and women shortly after the completion of the transcontinental railroad. The text (written as a series of newspaper dispatches) includes observations on Chinese railroad workers, Salt Lake City and the Mormons, California's natural resources and commercial activity, California wine (which is deemed inferior to that produced in Ohio), Yosemite and the big trees, and more. Well-represented in institutional collections, but scarce in commerce. Cowan p. 124; Flake-Draper #5399.
List 10: Californiana
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[Whittier, CA]: Whittier Board of Trade, 1906. 5 x 7.5 inches, oblong, in original stapled wrappers. 16 pp, with illustrations from photographs, including a double-page bird's eye view. Light dust soiling; near fine. Written less than 20 years after Whittier was founded by Quakers, this promotional booklet proudly proclaims that "there is no town of its size [population about 4,000] that will rank higher in intelligence, morality, and progressiveness." Situated 14 miles from Los Angeles, Whittier boasted easy access by rail; a college, hospital, library, city park, churches, and newspapers; an abundance of water from artesian wells; profitable citrus and walnut orchards, and a budding oil industry. What it did NOT have was saloons, and "consequently no need of a jail; and no paupers" (if only it were really so simple!). Whether a home-seeker, farmer, or business man, the reader was told to expect "large returns on investments, a highly moral and religious community; pure air; fertile land; and a generous people." 4 copies located in OCLC.