A MEMORIAL AND BIOGRAPHICAL HISTORY OF THE COUNTIES OF FRESNO, TULARE, AND KERN, CALIFORNIA. ILLUSTRATED. CONTAINING A HISTORY OF THIS IMPORTANT SECTION OF THE PACIFIC COAST FROM THE EARLIEST PERIOD OF ITS OCCUPANCY TO THE PRESENT TIME, TOGETHER WITH GLIMPSES OF ITS PROSPECTIVE FUTURE: WITH PROFUSE ILLUSTRATIONS OF ITS BEAUTIFUL SCENERY, FULL-PAGE PORTRAITS OF SOME OF ITS MOST EMINENT MEN, AND BIOGRAPHICAL MENTION OF MANY OF ITS PIONEERS, AND ALSO OF PROMINENT CITIZENS OF TO-DAY. Chicago: The Lewis Publishing Company, n.d. [1892?]. 28.2x21.7 cm (large octavo), pp. [1-4] [i] ii-vii [viii]  10-822, double columns, 19 inserted plates, rebound in modern brown cloth, spine panel stamped in gold. First edition. A history of three Central Valley counties, Fresno, Tulare and Kern, descriptions of their towns and settlements, and biographical sketches of their pioneers and prominent men and women of the time. The "grand scenery" of eastern Fresno County described on pages 71-74, includes quotes of Josiah D. Whitney and Clarence King, but is largely devoted to an account of the Kings River High Sierra based on information supplied to "the writer" by Frank Dusy. A biographical sketch of Dusy is found on pages 634-635. Other material of interest pertaining to the High Sierra and the giant Sequoia is as follows: Sequoia groves in Fresno County, pp. 70-71; Sequoia groves, logging and felling giant Sequoias for exhibition in Tulare County, and the creation of Sequoia National Park, pp. 152-159; biographical sketch of George W. Stewart, pp. 201-202; the Kaweah Colony, pp. 225-226; and the southern High Sierra and the Kern River Canyon, the latter "undoubtedly one of the greatest wonders in the world," pp. 243-244. Cowan (1964) 189. Norris Catalogue 1184. Rocq 1839. Some scattered foxing, mostly to margins of text leaves, several plates have stains on the fore-edge margins. A very good, stoutly bound copy. (#167609).
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