Lot 378 of 541:
Report upon the Removal of Blossom Rock  

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Lot closed - Sold For (Includes Buyer's Premium):$360
Estimate:
$300 - $500

Title:
Report upon the Removal of Blossom Rock, in San Francisco Harbor, California
Author:
Williamson, R. S. and W. H. Heuer
Place:
Washington
Publisher:
Government Printing Office
Date:
1871
Description:

40 pp. Lithographic title page & eleven plates, including one folding and one colored. 29x22.5 cm. (11½x9"), period half morocco & marbled boards, spine lettered in gilt. rebacked with original spine strip laid on, marbled endpapers. First Edition.

A highly technical yet interesting report on the removal of a huge chunk of sandstone, which was located just five feet below the surface of the Bay between Alcatraz and Yerba Buena Islands and was a considerable peril to shipping. The plates are beautifully drawn and detailed. Among the are two maps: "Entrance to San Francisco Bay California showing the position of Blossom Rock from a Coast Survey Chart, 1859," which is folding, and "Map showing the Depth of Water on Blossom Rock as established by Survey of April 1871," which is colored. Cowan, p. 688. Rocq 12846.

Lot Amendments
Condition:
Spine and corners rubbed; occasional faint rubberstamps of the U.S. Museum of Natural History, Central Park, New York; Elliot Memorial bookplate; very good.
 
Item number:
274040
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