HOTEL VENDOME. SAN JOSE, CALIFORNIA. GEO. P. SNELL, MANAGER. California, Santa Clara County, San Jose, Carrie Stevens Walter, Hon. Judge Belden, Josiah.
HOTEL VENDOME. SAN JOSE, CALIFORNIA. GEO. P. SNELL, MANAGER.
HOTEL VENDOME. SAN JOSE, CALIFORNIA. GEO. P. SNELL, MANAGER.

HOTEL VENDOME. SAN JOSE, CALIFORNIA. GEO. P. SNELL, MANAGER. San Francisco: H. S. Crocker & Co., Stationers and Printers, 215, 217 and 219 Bush St., 1891. 19.8x13 cm, pp. [1-3] 4-64, five inserted plates with chromolithograph illustrations, other illustrations from photographs in the text, original pictorial wrappers, stapled. First edition. An elaborate advertising booklet promoting the 150-room grand resort hotel which opened on 7 February 1889, and the Santa Clara Valley, including a long article on the valley and adjacent regions by Hon. Judge [Josiah] Belden (whose 12-acre estate was purchased in 1887 for the site of the hotel). The booklet was probably sponsored by the Southern Pacific Company, specifically their Coast Division. Accompanied by a defective (?) copy (missing one leaf -- pages 5-6) of the 1894 edition (Rocq 14130) which has illustrations that differ considerably from those in the 1891 edition, including a map on the inside front cover (showing the California rail system of the Southern Pacific), floor plans of the hotel and many changed illustrations -- but no color plates. Not much text is missing from pages 5-6 -- leading one to wonder what might be missing in addition to a couple of paragraphs of text, and why the leaf was cut out. See Rocq 14129-14131 (locating editions dated 1893, 1894 and 1897. Cover worn at edges, a good copy. OCLC reports 4 copies of the 1891 edition: New York Historical Society Library; University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; California Historical Society; and University of California, Berkeley. (#166309).

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