New York: Appleton, 1855.
First Edition. Hardcover. Very good. 824 pp, with illustrations and two maps (a single-page map of San Francisco and a folding General Map Showing the Countries Explored & Surveyed by the Unied States & Mexican Boundary Commission in the Years 1850, 51, 52 & 53). Bound in contemporary marbled boards with leather spine and corners. Leather rubbed and scuffed, some offsetting from frontispiece to title page (despite presence of a tissue guard); binding sound, text clean. Label of San Francisco bookseller John Howell on the rear pastedown, early ownership signature on front free endpaper. Folding map in very nice condition, other than one small tear at the gutter. Wheat, in Wheat, Mapping the Transmississipi West (193), says it is "Among the most important Western maps." This popular and influential history contains much infomation about mining and the Gold Rush and a wealth of detail about the early history of San Francisco. As Gary Kurtuz points out in the Dorothy Sloan Volkmann sale catalogue (p. 251), the book is "a remarkable testament to the explosive development of San Francisco and California. Just seven years after the discovery of gold, this instant city lived enough history to produce an 824-page book about itself." Zamorano 80 #70; Graff 3901; Howes S-769; Kurutz 594.