Half hours in the wide west over mountains, rivers, and plains[.] With numerous illustrations. London: Wm. Isbister Limited 56, Ludgate Hill, 1883. 17.8x11 cm, pp. [i-vii] viii [ix] x-xii [1-3] 4-345 [346-348: blank], many woodcut illustrations, some full page, 1 map (of Manitoba), nineteenth-century full polished calf, all panels tooled in gold, green leather title label affixed to the spine panel, marbled endpapers, marbled edges (binding by Bickers & Son, Leicster Square, London). Later printing. At head of title: "The Half Hour Library / of Travel, Nature and Science / for Young Readers." A popular work reprinted many times. The earliest printing appears to be London: Daldy, Isbister & Co., 1875. An anonymous account of a trip to the Calaveras Grove of Big Trees and Yosemite Valley is found on pages -251. The account of the visit to Yosemite is not interesting. There is also a chapter, "By Coach Over the Sierra Nevadas, pages -75, describing a trip by stage from Placerville to Virginia City. Prize label, Sir George Monaux Grammar School, Walthamstow, second form, first prize, for general subjects, Christmas 1890. Tiny Beardsley-like bookplate of W. A. Foster affixed to the front free endpaper. Calf a bit faded, mostly spine panel, but otherwise an internally fine, externally very attractive copy. (#166785).
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