Scenes of wonder and curiosity in California. Illustrated by ninety-two well finished engravings, executed principally by Thomas Armstrong, from drawings by Nahl brothers, H. Eastman, and P. Loomis; including the mammoth trees of Calaveras; the natural caves and bridges of Calaveras and El Dorado; the Yo-Semite Valley; the mammoth trees of Mariposa and Frezno; Mount Shasta[;] the quicksilver mines of New Almaden and Henriquita; the Farallone Islands; the geyser springs, etc. San Francisco: Hutchings & Rosenfield, Publishers, Montgomery Street, 1861. 23x14.5 cm (12mo), pp. [1-3] 4-5  7-8  10-236, flyleaves at front and rear, 93 illustrations, original decorated black cloth, front and rear panels stamped in blind, spine panel stamped in gold and blind, yellow endpapers. First edition, second printing. A pioneer tourist guide that provided the first book length description of the state's natural attractions and was the first work to describe the big trees and the Yosemite region in detail. The text was drawn, with revisions, from articles which appeared in Hutchings' California Magazine (1856-1861). The illustrations in printings of the first edition were cuts used in the first four volumes of the magazine. Printings of the second and third editions added several illustrations from volume five. Currey and Kruska 164. Farquhar (1948) 4b. Spine panel sunned, gold lettering dull, some scattered foxing and staining to text block, a solid, good copy. An average copy of a book seldom found in decent condition. (#166047).
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