REPORTS UPON THE MINERAL RESOURCES OF THE UNITED STATES, BY SPECIAL COMMISSIONERS J. ROSS BROWNE AND JAMES W. TAYLOR. Washington: Government Printing Office, 1867. 22.5x14.3 cm (octavo), pp. [1-3] 4-5 [6-7] 8-360, original brown pebbled cloth, front and rear panels stamped in blind, spine panel stamped in gold. First edition. The first of book of a series, the first of two by Browne (the second was published in 1868), which was taken over by Rossiter W. Raymond in 1869. Browne's preliminary report comprises pages -268. Taylor's very cursory report is found on pages -357. "... the 1867 report (covering mining of 1866) provides excellent methodology and related mining materials. Pages 27-36 and 71-85 furnish historical and statistical data on the Comstock which was then booming. Broader Nevada material appears on pages 85-135 ... Indispensable primary source material on early Nevada mining" (Paher). Two appendixes accompany the reports. Appendix 1 (pages 268-305) is "Address on the History of California, from the Discovery of the Country to the Year 1849, Delivered Before the Society of California Pioneers, at Their Celebration of the Tenth Anniversary of the Admission of the State of California into the Union. By Edward Randolph, esq. San Francisco, Sept. 10, 1860." The address was first published in a 72-page edition with two maps, printed at the Alta California job office in San Francisco in 1860 (See Cowan , p. 522). Appendix 2 (pages 306-321) is "Address on the Acquisition of California by the United States, Delivered Before the Corporate Society of California Pioneers, at the Academy of Music, in the city of San Francisco, on September 10, 1866 ... By John W. Dwinelle ..." John Whipple Dwinelle (1816-1881), a prominent California lawyer, politician, historian, was a forty-niner who served from 1866-1867 as the eleventh Mayor of Oakland. See Peter Thomas Conmy, John Whipple Dwinelle: Mayor of Oakland and father of the University of California (1971). Browne's work was continued and considerably expanded as RESOURCES OF THE PACIFIC SLOPE. A STATISTICAL AND DESCRIPTIVE SUMMARY OF THE MINES AND MINERALS, CLIMATE, TOPOGRAPHY, AGRICULTURE, COMMERCE, MANUFACTURES, AND MISCELLANEOUS PRODUCTIONS, OF THE STATES AND TERRITORIES WEST OF THE ROCKY MOUNTAINS. WITH A SKETCH OF THE SETTLEMENT AND EXPLORATION OF LOWER CALIFORNIA. By J. Ross Browne, Aided by a Corps of Assistants (New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1869). Cowan (1933), p. 78. Paher 223. Corner tips worn, spine ends worn with some shallow loss, gold lettering on spine panel quite dull, a very good copy. Provenance: Signed and dated 1868 by John M. Cuyler on the title page. Alta California Bookstore Ed Grabhorn book label at upper left corner of the front free endpaper. (#166978).
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