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Colonial History of San Francisco 1866  

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The Colonial History of the City of San Francisco: Being a Narrative Argument in the Circuit Court of the United States for the State of California, for Four Square Leagues of Land Claimed by that City and Confirmed to It By That Court

Dwinelle, John W.

San Francisco

Towne & Bacon



xlv, [1], 106, 391 pp. With 2 (of 3) lithograph plates including frontispiece, 2 maps, one single page, & one double page with hand-coloring. (8vo) 23x14.5 cm. (9x5¾"),  rebacked with original gilt-lettered leather spine panel laid down, front endpaper replaced. Third Edition.

Following the Land Act of 1851, the city of San Francisco, the successor to the pueblo of Yerba Buena, filed a claim for four leagues of pueblo or town lands. The United States contended that the pueblo of San Francisco never existed, which would have invalidated the city's claim for thousands of acres. Dwinelle, the city's special counsel, successfully argued against the federal government in both the district and circuit courts, and in so doing amassed a mountain of documentary evidence on the history of San Francisco during the Spanish and Mexican periods. Cowan notes that most of the documents supporting Dwinelle's argument "are now either inaccessible or destroyed." Additional material was added to later editions as the case moved from trial to appeal. This is the first issue of the third edition, without inserted material that caused pagination irregularities in the second issue. Cowan notes that “200 copies was the extent of the third edition.” Cowan (I), p. 75; (II), p. 189; Howell 50:783; Howes D614; Norris 1024; Rocq 7961; Zamorano 80:32. 

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Some rubbing and wear to leather and covers; mild toning to pages, a few pencil marks in margins, abrasion to rear pastedown; very good.

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