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Jose Limantour claims San Francisco land  

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Four pamphlets relating to the claims of Jose Y. Limantour to large portions of San Francisco, bound together.
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  • [Wilson, James]. A Pamphlet Relating to the Claim of Don Jose Y. Limantour to Four Leagues of Land in the County Adjoining and Near the City of San Francisco, California. 80 pp. (with pp. [71-72] blank and unnumbered). Cowan p.349; Greenwood 436; Streeter 2754. S.F.: Whitton, Towne & Co., 1853.
  • [La Reintrie, Henry]. "The Other Side." "Bird's-Eye View" of the Claim of Jose Y. Limantour, Number 548, "In 1857." 24 pp. Cowan p.349; Greenwood 958. S.F.: Frank Eastman, 1858. 
  • Arguments on part of the government and opinion in Limantour case, no. 548. 8, 11, 7 pp. consisting of: The official argument against the Limantour claim [by] Louis Blanding; Argument of Thornton, Williams & Thornton on the part of the government, Limantour vs. United States; The Limantour claim confirmed. Judge Felch's opinion. Cowan p.348; Greenwood 644. S.F.: [1856].
  • District Court of the United States, Northern District of California. Opinion delivered by his Honor Ogden Hoffman, U.S. District Judge, in the cases of José Y. Limantour, nos. 424 and 429, claiming four leagues of land in San Francisco and adjacent islands. San Francisco, November 19, 1858 (wrapper title - the front wrapper is bound in before the final section of the previously listed work - there is no rear wrapper). 58 pp. Cowan p.349; Greenwood 1020. S.F.: Frank Eastman, 1858.

Together, four items bound together. 21.5x13.5 cm. (8½x5½"), later half calf & cloth, spine gilt.

Rare pamphlets relating to the most celebrated of all San Francisco land claims, "that of Jose Y. Limantour, to some of the most valuable parts of San Francisco" - Streeter. Greenwood notes the first pamphlet as "one of the chief sources of the earliest history of Yerba Buena and San Francisco." Describing the second pamphlet, Cowan states "La Reintrie was rather violently arrayed against the pretensions of Limantour. In this pamphlet he has presented an extensive mass of documentary evidence showing how grossly fraudulent was the claim."

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Some internal foxing, staining and aging, ink marks to first title-page; very good.
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