Scenes of wonder and curiosity in California. Illustrated with over one hundred engravings. A tourist's guide to the Yo-Semite Valley, the big tree groves -- the natural caves and bridges -- the quicksilver mines of New Almaden and Henriquita -- Mount Shasta -- the Farralone Islands, with their sea lions and birds -- the geyser springs -- Lake Tahoe, and other places of interest. Also giving outline map of routes to Yo-Semite and Big Tree groves -- tables of distances -- rates of fare -- hotel charges, and other desirable information for the traveller. By J. M. Hutchings (of Yo-Semite). New York and San Francisco: A. Roman and Company, Publishers, 1871. 21x14.8 cm (octavo), pp. [1-4] 5  7-8  10-292 [293-296: ads], frontispiece with tissue guard, 102 illustrations and 2 maps in text, original decorated burgundy bevel-edged cloth, front and spine panels stamped in gold, front and rear panels ruled in blind, light brown coated endpapers. Third 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 text of this edition is expanded: a number of chapters are revised and enlarged, especially with respect to information on routes of travel and accommodations. 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) 4g. Spine panel and top edge of rear panel are a bit sunned, a very good copy. Provenance: penciled inscription on front free endpaper: "To my mother / Dec 25th 1871 / a. a. c." (#166048).
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