Lot 14 of 235:
Colonial History of San Francisco 1866  

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Lot closed - Sold For (Includes Buyers Premium):$1,440
Estimate:
$2,000 - $3,000

Title:
The Colonial History of the City of San Francisco: Being a Narrative Argument in the Circuit Court of the United States for the State of California, for Four Square Leagues of Land Claimed by that City and Confirmed to It By That Court

Author:
Dwinelle, John W.

Place:
San Francisco

Publisher:
Printed by Townw & Bacon, Book & Job Printers

Date:
1866

Description:

xlv, [1], 34, 106, 365, [1], 363*-369*, [2], 368-391 pp. Errata leaves inserted after pages iv and 34; addenda slips tipped-in at pages xlv and 365. With 3 lithograph plates including frontispiece, 2 maps, one single page, & one double page with hand-coloring. (8vo) 22x14 cm. (8¾x5¾"), original half green morocco and marbled boards, gilt-lettered spine. Third Edition, Second Issue.

Following the Land Act of 1851, the city of San Francisco, the successor to the pueblo of Yerba Buena, filed a claim for four leagues of pueblo or town lands. The United States contended that the pueblo of San Francisco never existed, which would have invalidated the city's claim for thousands of acres. Dwinelle, the city's special counsel, successfully argued against the federal government in both the district and circuit courts, and in so doing amassed a mountain of documentary evidence on the history of San Francisco during the Spanish and Mexican periods. Cowan notes that most of the documents supporting Dwinelle's argument "are now either inaccessible or destroyed." Additional material was added to later editions as the case moved from trial to appeal. This second issue of the third edition is considered the most desirable from the perspective of historical completeness. The single-page map is "The Peninsula of San Francisco," showing the major ranchos. The double-page map is "Sketch of Government Reservations of San Francisco."

Provenance: PBA, 8/9/07

References: Cowan (I), p. 75; (II), p. 189; Howell 50:783; Howes D614; Norris 1024; Rocq 7961; Zamorano 80:32.


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Condition:
Joints and edges lightly worn, small pull to leather along front joint; occasional light foxing; else a near fine copy of this scarce history.


 
Item number:
265181
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