ILLUSTRATED GUIDE AND CATALOGUE OF WOODWARD'S GARDENS LOCATED ON MISSION STREET BET. 13TH & 15TH STS. SAN FRANCISCO, CAL. COMPILED BY F. GRUBER. San Francisco: Francis, Valentine & Co., Book and Job Printers, 517 Clay Street, 1879. 23x14.2 cm, pp. [1-5] 6-87 [88: blank] [i]-iv: index, inserted frontispiece (woodcut portrait of Robert B. Woodward), many other illustrations in the text, original pictorial tan wrappers printed in black, sewn. Expanded edition. "Woodward's Gardens, San Francisco's first amusement park, opened in 1866 in the Mission District, just a few blocks from Mission Dolores. Combining museums, conservatories and entertainment sites, the one-stop enterprise would also open the city's first zoo and America's first aquarium ... The two square block, five-acre Woodward's Gardens was a walled-off Eden of hills, ornate buildings, landscaped paths and ponds ... For 25 years Woodward's Gardens was the place to go in San Francisco for popular culture, recreation and amusement ... Woodward's Gardens closed to the public in 1891 ... the family auctioned off their father's collection of 75,000 articles on April 6, 1893 ... A good portion of the curios were bought by the future mayor of San Francisco, Adolph Sutro, another philanthropic entrepreneur. The Cliff House and Sutro baths across the city on the Pacific Ocean adopted many of Woodward's collections for display, including statues, vases, urns, two muzzleloading cannons with iron shot, stuffed birds, mirror-orbs, shells, and minerals" (Robert Ehler Blaisdell). Cowan notes "a smaller guide was published in 1875" and Rocq lists an 11-page 1870 edition. This edition is dated 1879 on the title page and 1880 on the front wrapper. Cowan (1933), p. 251. See Rocq 12906 and 12907. A very good copy. Scarce. Provenance: The Marilyn Blaisdell collection. (#167130).
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