Scenes of wonder & curiosity from Hutchings' California Magazine 1856-1861. Edited by R. R. Olmsted. Embellished by three hundred engravings of California life and scenery. JAMES MASON HUTCHINGS.

Scenes of wonder & curiosity from Hutchings' California Magazine 1856-1861. Edited by R. R. Olmsted. Embellished by three hundred engravings of California life and scenery. Berkeley, California: Howell-North, 1962. 23.5x15.3 cm (octavo), pp. [i-iv] v-xi [xii] 1-413 [414-416: blank], many illustrations, endpaper maps, original pictorial gray cloth, front and spine panels stamped in black. First edition. A selection of "informative articles dealing with California" (editor's preface) from Hutchings' California Magazine, 1856-1861, California's earliest and best illustrated monthly. Includes an article on the Sequoia gigantea, "The Mammoth Trees of California," III: 9 (March 1859), pages 205-217, and the Yosemite Valley, "The Great Yo-Semite Valley," IV:4 (October 1859), pages 271-288. A disappointing selection. It does not include all the articles on Yosemite, including the historically important lead article in the first issue of the magazine: "Yo-Ham-i-te Valley," I:1 (July 1856). This opening article of the first number of Hutchings' magazine was illustrated with the first published views of Yosemite Valley (four of the five drawings made by Thomas A. Ayres in June 1855) other than the separately published lithograph of Yosemite Falls based on a drawing by Ayres, issued in Fall 1855. A fine copy in fine dust jacket. (#166050).

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