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Davidson's Pacific Coast Pilot 1889  

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Pacific Coast. Coast Pilot of California, Oregon, and Washington

Davidson, George


Government Printing Office



10, ii, 11-721 pp. With 165 plates, all but three folding, most with multiple views. (4to) 29.2x19 cm (11½x7½), original half leather & marbled boards, rebacked with original gilt-lettered spine laid on, raised bands,  marbled endpapers & edges. Fourth Edition

George Davidson, an English-born scientist, was associated with the United States Coast Survey for some fifty years. From 1850 to 1857 he headed a team that gave an accurate survey of the entire Pacific Coast of the United States for the use of navigators. The results of this survey were first published in 1853 as the "Directory for the Pacific Coast of the United States," known in later editions as the "Coast Pilot." The third edition (1869) contained only 262 pages and 32 plates. This fourth edition, because of the lapse of time and new information, was entirely rewritten. It not only supplied detailed and authentic navigational information on every part of the coastline, but went beyond that by delving deeply into the historical phases of the subject. The 1889 edition of the Coast Pilot was the last with which Davidson had any direct connection. In later editions, the historical phases of the old work were omitted. (Lewis, George Davidson: p. 138). This copy with printed slip, "With the Compliments of George Davidson," tipped in at title page. Formerly in the University of California library, with perforated stamp to title page, trace from removed bookplate and spine number.

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Boards rubbed, corners worn; repairs to endpaper gutters; very good overall.

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