THE COMMERCE AND INDUSTRIES OF THE PACIFIC COAST OF NORTH AMERICA; COMPRISING THE RISE, PROGRESS, PRODUCTS, PRESENT CONDITION, AND PROSPECTS OF THE USEFUL ARTS ON THE WESTERN SIDE OF OUR CONTINENT, AND SOME ACCOUNT OF ITS RESOURCES, WITH ELABORATE TREATMENT OF MANUFACTURES; BRIEFER CONSIDERATION OF COMMERCE, TRANSPORTATION, AGRICULTURE, AND MINING; AND MENTION OF LEADING ESTABLISHMENTS AND PROMINENT MEN IN VARIOUS DEPARTMENTS OF BUSINESS. By John S. Hittell. San Francisco: A. L. Bancroft & Co., Publishers, 1882. 28.4x20.5 cm (quarto), pp. [1-3] 4 [5-7] 8-16  18-819 [820: blank], 28 inserted plates, other illustrations in the text, 2 double page maps printed in color, rebound in three-quarter imitation black leather and marbled boards, spine panel stamped in gold, new endpapers. First edition. A fully indexed, massive compilation of data on all aspects of commerce and industry of the Pacific Coast. Includes an extensive, important and well-illustrated chapter on the "woodworking industry," pp. 579-634. "Whatever had been learned in the forests of Europe, Maine, Michigan, and Canada was transferred in all its completeness by experienced men to California soon after the gold discovery, and combined and applied in the construction and management of the sawmills of the Sierra Nevada, the redwood regions, and Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia. The Pacific lumbermen were compelled to acquire superior skill, because their timber was larger in diameter and length than ever had been, or is now, handled in sawmills in any other part of the world" (p. 579). The extensive index references hundreds of Pacific Coast business establishments, some of which are depicted on the fine full-page steel engravings. Cowan (1933), p. 283. A very good copy in a sturdy, attractive modern binding. (#166999).
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