Shasta the keystone of California scenery ... Written and illustrated by E. McD. Johnstone, San Mateo, California. [Buffalo, N. Y. Art Printing Works of Matthews, Northrup & Co. Office of the "Buffalo Morning Express, 1887.]. Square octavo, pp. [1-48] (not paginated), illustrations, maps, lithographed throughout in tan, blue and black, original pictorial white wrappers printed in tan, blue and black. First edition. A profusely illustrated tourist and sportsman's guide to points of interest in northern California and Oregon along and adjacent to the Southern Pacific Company's "Shasta Route," the railroad between San Francisco, California, and Portland, Oregon. The Southern Pacific Company assumed control of the financially troubled Oregon and California Railroad and constructed the link over Siskiyou Summit in 1887, completing the route through northern California to Portland. Johnstone worked in the passenger department of the Southern Pacific Company for about eight years, writing and illustrating advertising copy for its publications. In 1893 he and William V. Bryan founded THE TRAVELER, a San Francisco "illustrated monthly journal of travel and recreation," promoting Pacific Coast hotels, resorts and travel, which he edited until his death in 1895. Rocq 14555 (giving incorrect pagination). Small label with shelf mark at top left corner of front cover, small rubber stamped number on inside rear cover. Covers dusty and lightly worn at edges, a very good copy. (#164488).
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