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Rare guide to San Francisco with maps, 1888  

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A Guide Book to San Francisco

Hittell, John S.

San Francisco

The Bancroft Company



60 + [6] ad pp. With 7 maps, 1 of them folding. 16.7x10.5 cm. (6½x4¼), original brown cloth, paper cover label. First Edition.

Scarce guide to San Francisco, with descriptions of the sights, scenes, points of interest, churches, theaters, clubs, etc., including a section on Chinatown. The folding map covers the downtown area west to Fillmore Street and south to Mariposa; there is also a bird's-eye view of San Francisco, a map of the North Bay, one of Oakland, south to Monterey Bay, the "densely settled portions" of S.F., and a tinted map of Chinatown showing the joss houses. No copies of this guide have sold at auction since at least 1975, according to American Book Prices Current. We found retail listings for two copies, one from 1964, noting one folding map, and one from 1979, with an additional folding map for a total of 8 maps in all. Our copy has just the one folding map, 7 total, but with no signs of removal. Rocq 9820. Not in Cowan.

Lot Amendments

Some wear to covers, head and tail of spine lightly chipped and frayed; ownership signature of Anne Campbell, July 1888 on front pastedown; overall very good.

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