SOMETHING ABOUT CALIFORNIA: BEING A DESCRIPTION OF ITS CLIMATE, HEALTH, WEALTH AND RESOURCES, COMPRESSED INTO SMALL COMPASS. MARIN COUNTY: ITS INDUSTRIES, ROADS, APPEARANCE, HEALTH AND POPULATION. ALSO A SERIES OF CAREFULLY WRITTEN AND WELL CONSIDERED ARTICLES AND PARAGRAPHS DESCRIBING THE SANATARIUM OF SAN RAFAEL, IN WHICH THE MILDNESS AND EQUABILITY OF ITS CLIMATE ARE EXPLAINED. By George W. Gift. San Rafael: Published by the San Rafael Herald, 1875. 22x14 cm, pp.  2-32, plus a leaf of ads inserted at rear, original cream wrappers printed in black. First edition. An early promotional booklet for Marin County, especially San Rafael, by a pioneer California newspaperman. A native of Tennessee, George Washington Gift (1833–1879), U.S. Navy officer, Confederate Navy officer, politician, banker, businessman, civil engineer, writer and newspaper editor, settled in California in 1852. He returned to the South through Arizona with Los Angeles Mounted Rifles (dodging hostile Apache Indians and Union patrols searching for them) and served in the Confederate Navy during the Civil War. Following the war, "Gift lived in Georgia and Tennessee and was an active contributor to several agricultural journals, writing on various topics pertaining to bringing in Chinese labor to relieve the agricultural labor shortage in the South. He had first hoped to appeal to subscribers in Georgia and to introduce Chinese through the port of Savannah. Disappointed there, he moved to reside in Memphis, Tennessee, and had more success, getting various subscribers to organize the Arkansas Emigration Company. In July 1869, he left for San Francisco, and then China, to arrange for Chinese laborers, in the interest of the Arkansas Emigration Company. He returned to California in 1874, settling in the Napa Valley, where he edited newspapers, the Napa Weekly Reporter and Napa County Recorder. He died February 11, 1879, while serving as editor of the Napa City Reporter" (Wikipeda). Gift, a tireless promoter of California and its climate, wrote several other promotional works, his rare early SETTLER'S GUIDE ... (Benicia, California 1854) and his later FACTS ABOUT NAPA COUNTY ... (Napa City, California 1876). Cowan (1964) 199. Eberstadt 134:129. Rocq (1970) 4978. Rebound with the original wrappers preserved in cream cloth with brown leather title label affixed to the spine panel. There are some abrasions along the gutter margins, the front wrapper is partly separated at bottom edge but holding tight, a good copy of a scarce book. (#167049).
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