Lot 93 of 457:
Scenes of Wonder and Curiosity in CA, 1st ed.  

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Title:
Scenes of Wonder and Curiosity in California...including the Mammoth Trees of Calaveras; Caves and Natural Bridges; the Yo-Semite Valley; the Mammoth Trees of Mariposa and Frezno; Mount Shasta...
Author:
Hutchings, James Mason
Place:
San Francisco
Publisher:
Hutchings & Rosenfield
Date:
[1860]
Description:

236 pp. Illustrated with 93 wood engravings. 23.1x14.3 cm (9x5¾") original green cloth, blindstamped designs, spine lettered in gilt. First Edition, first issue.

The first book-length description of California's natural attractions, and the first work to describe extensively the big trees and the Yosemite region. "Hutchings was editor and publisher of Hutchings' California Magazine, founded in 1856. This book is the first work to promote the natural beauty and scenery of California" - Greenwood (Cowan p.300; Currey & Kruska 64; Farquhar 4a; Greenwood 1275).

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Condition:
Small stains and touches of wear to covers, rubbing on ends of slightly leaning spine and corners of boards; faint foxing throughout, textblock edges toned; very good.
 
Item number:
301745
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