Hittell's hand-book of Pacific Coast travel. By John S. Hittell. JOHN SHERTZER HITTELL.
Hittell's hand-book of Pacific Coast travel. By John S. Hittell ...

Hittell's hand-book of Pacific Coast travel. By John S. Hittell. San Francisco: The Bancroft Company, Publishers, History Building, 1887. 16x12 cm, pp. [1-3] 4 [5] 6-10 [11] 12-263 [264: blank], woodcut illustrations in the text, maps, including 2 folded, inserted, maps, original decorated pebbled green cloth, front panel stamped in black and gold. Later edition, revised. In July 1869 H. H. Bancroft & Company published the first number a series of guidebooks to meet the growing demand for a reliable tourist guide to the Pacific states following the completion of the transcontinental railroad. Apparently, the publisher anticipated quarterly publication, but the second number was issued in August 1869, and at least fifty-two monthly numbers were issued, the last appearing in October 1873. Description of routes to and accommodations at Calaveras Big Tree Grove and Yosemite Valley appear in each number. Issues through October 1873 have descriptions of Yosemite Valley averaging a page and a half in length. Though brief, these descriptions provide concise details of interest, including stage lines, routes, schedules with duration of travel time, costs of transportation and lodging, and other details. In 1882 Bancroft's Guide for Travelers ... was revived as Bancroft's Pacific Coast Guide Book with compiler John S. Hittell's name on the title page. A revised edition titled Hittell's Hand-Book of Pacific Coast Travel was issued in 1885 with a further revision appearing under the latter title in 1887. The section on the Sierra Nevada, substantially the same in these Hittell compilations, comprises chapter five, pages 149-188 (which includes the southern part of the Cascade Range as well). Hittell compiled the first guide book to Yosemite, published in 1866. The folded maps are "Bancroft's Map of California and Nevada, 1887" and "Bancroft's Map of Washington Territory and Oregon, 1887." See Currey and Kruska 6. Shaken with cracks between a few signatures, closed tear through one panel of map of Washington Territory and Oregon, a copy well used by former owner Ronald P. Gleason whose notes about his trips west in 1890 and 1897 are penciled in this copy. Signed and dated on the front free endpaper: "Ronald P. Gleason / Oakland / California / August 27 1890." Bookplate on the front free endpaper of the Lucius M. Boltwood Historical and Genealogical Collection in The Jones Library Inc., Amherst, Massachusetts. Laid into this copy is an apparently unrelated newspaper article, "Yosemite. The Novel Experience of Horses on Snowshoes. The first Visitors to the Valley this year -- Crossing the Snow Belt -- Interesting Observations of an Old Resident of the Valley," signed "J. M. H." (James Mason Hutchings), a one-column article published in the San Francisco Daily Evening Post, Monday evening, May 12, 1884, dated Yosemite Valley, May 5, 1884. An interesting copy. (#167178).

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