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Annals of San Francisco 1855 with maps  

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The Annals of San Francisco; Containing a Summary of the History of the First Discovery, Settlement, Progress, and Present Condition of California, and a Complete History of all the Important Events Connected with Its Great City: To Which Are Added, Biographical Memoirs of Some Prominent Citizens

Soulé, Frank, John H. Gihon and James Nisbet

New York

D. Appleton



824 pp. Illustrated with numerous wood engravings, 4 (of 6) steel-engraved plates (including frontispiece); 2 maps (1 folding). (8vo) 9x5½, original  full brown calf decoratively tooled in blind, lettered in gilt on both covers and spine, raised spine bands, all edges gilt. First Edition.

One of the more desirable of the several different bindings in which the work was issued, a handsome full morocco with intricately embossed covers. The Zamorano 80 calls the work "A necessary reference book of San Francisco to the middle fifties, compiled mainly from newspapers and information received from pioneer citizens..." Also, the work “not only gives an outstanding narrative history of San Francisco, but also supplies much information on mining and its impact on this instant city" – Kurutz. The two maps are: "Map of San Francisco" (9.5x12.3 cm); and "General Map Showing the Countries Explored & Surveyed by the United States & Mexican Boundary Commission in the years 1850, 51, 52 & 53, under the direction of John R. Bartlett. U.S. Commissioner" (38.7x49 cm). This latter is a significant map of the American west and northern Mexico, with much detail in the regions newly wrested from the Mexican Republic. This copy without the plates that should face pp. 657 & 661, portraits of Mrs. S.F. Baker and Miss Matilda Heron, which were not bound in. Ownership signature of Fanny Porter to front free endpaper.

Provenance: Alta California Books, 5/71

References: Kurutz 594; Cowan p.601; Graff 3901; Howes S769; Sabin 87268; Zamorano 80 #70; Wheat Transmississippi 798 for map (as issued in Bartlett's Personal Narrative, 1854).

Lot Amendments

A touch of rubbing to spine; faint offset from plates, folding map with repair to stub tear; near fine, quite attractive.

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