Between the gates. By Benj. F. Taylor ... With illustrations. Chicago: S. C. Griggs & Company, 1878. 18.8x12.3 cm (12mo), pp. [1-2] [1-5] 6-0  22-292 [293-300: ads], inserted frontispiece, many small illustrations in the text, original decorated terra cotta cloth, front panel stamped in black, spine panel stamped in gold, rear panel stamped in blind, brown coated endpapers. First edition. A lively personal narrative of 1870s travel from Chicago to San Francisco by rail. There is an extensive description of San Francisco, especially Chinatown, as well as descriptions of the Geysers and Petrified Forest in Sonoma Country, all must-see tourist attractions of the period. A flowery word picture of his trip to Yosemite Valley is found on pages 192-239. Includes an account of time spent with J. M. Hutchings and his daughter Florence, pages 236-238. Benjamin Franklin Taylor (1819-1887) was "well known and admired as a poet" and "although painfully diffident and shy and utterly lacking in oratorical graces, he was for years in demand as a lecturer and from early life to the end of his career was one of the most familiar platform figures in America" (DAB). Cowan (1933), p. 630. Rocq (1970) 12436. Some wear to cloth at extremities, mostly along the bottom edge. (#166617).
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