Souvenir of California. Yo Semite Valley and the Big Trees. What to see and how to see it. By J. M. Hutchings of Yo Semite. JAMES MASON HUTCHINGS.

Souvenir of California. Yo Semite Valley and the Big Trees. What to see and how to see it. By J. M. Hutchings of Yo Semite. San Francisco: Published by J. M. Hutchings 19 Montgomery St. and 1810 Gough St., [1894]. 17x12 cm, pp. [1-2] [1-3] 4-101 [102], flyleaves at front and rear, 53 illustrations, 2 maps, one folded and inserted, original red flexible pebbled cloth, floral patterned endpapers, all edges stained red, sewn. First edition. Cover title reads: "Hutchings' Guide Yo Semite Valley and Big Trees 1895 Illustrated." Five editions of this inexpensive guide to the Yosemite region were issued between 1894 and 1900. The first, printed in 1894 for the 1895 season, was the only edition available in both cloth and paper bindings; subsequent editions were issued in paper covers only. Later editions have minor changes in text and illustrations and all but the first have advertisements. The second and third editions were not so identified, but both added an "addenda" (page [103]) which described Hetch Hetchy Valley. Internal evidence indicates the "fourth edition" was issued in 1898 and the "fifth edition" was printed in 1900 for the 1901 season. The "fifth edition" is retitled Hutchings' Guide and Souvenir of California. Yo Semite Valley and Big Trees. What to See and How to See It. Currey and Kruska 182. A very good copy. Provenance: "Purchased at the / Stoneman House / in the Valley / August 10th 1895 / W. V. D." on the front flyleaf. (#166056).

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