Lot 26 of 522:
History written by a pair of SF saloon-keepers  

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Lot closed - Sold For (Includes Buyers Premium):$228
Estimate:
$200 - $300

Title:
Men and Memories of San Francisco in the "Spring of '50"

Author:
Barry, T.A. and B.A. Patten

Place:
San Francisco

Publisher:
A.L. Bancroft

Date:
1873

Description:

296 pp.19x13 cm. (7½x5"), three-quarter red morocco with marbled boards, top edge gilt. First Edition.

Tipped-in to front and laid in to the back is a typewritten index, listing names and the pages on which each is mentioned. One of the classic works on San Francisco during the Gold Rush, containing "informative and engaging gossip respecting old-time personalities and events" by two leading saloon-keepers of the 1850's.

Kurutz calls the book "a historical geography and biographical dictionary of early San Francisco, full of episodes, and valuable for the reconstruction of the city and location of buildings in '49, '50, and '51. The authors profiled many of the pioneer businesses in the city, ranging from restaurants to the Chinese laundry." This copy without the double-frontispiece, but this book is often found without the frontispiece and many copies appear to have been so issued; Kurutz makes no mention of its existence. Cowan p.36; Graff 197; Howes B192; Kurutz 38a; Wheat Gold Rush 12.


Lot Amendments

Condition:
Some rubbing and wear to edges' light soiling and toning to page edges; overall very good.


 
Item number:
305616
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