... Bancroft's guide for travelers by railway, stage, and steam navigation in the Pacific States. Comprising routes and modes of travel, distances, fares; concise descriptions of the principal towns, scenery, etc.; tourist's guide to Yosemite, Tahoe, the Geysers, and other noted resorts; through route by the great Pacific Railroad to Chicago, St. Louis, etc.; ocean routes, via Panama and Nicaragua, to New York; all inland and ocean routes on the coast, etc., etc. BANCROFT, A. L. COMPANY.
... Bancroft's guide for travelers by railway, stage, and steam navigation in the Pacific States. Comprising routes and modes of travel, distances, fares; concise descriptions of the principal towns, scenery, etc.; tourist's guide to Yosemite, Tahoe, the Geysers, and other noted resorts; through route by the great Pacific Railroad to Chicago, St. Louis, etc.; ocean routes, via Panama and Nicaragua, to New York; all inland and ocean routes on the coast, etc., etc.

... Bancroft's guide for travelers by railway, stage, and steam navigation in the Pacific States. Comprising routes and modes of travel, distances, fares; concise descriptions of the principal towns, scenery, etc.; tourist's guide to Yosemite, Tahoe, the Geysers, and other noted resorts; through route by the great Pacific Railroad to Chicago, St. Louis, etc.; ocean routes, via Panama and Nicaragua, to New York; all inland and ocean routes on the coast, etc., etc. San Francisco: A. L. Bancroft & Company, Booksellers and Stationers, 721 Market Street, March 1872. 16.3x12.6 cm, pp. 1 [2-8] 9-224, four maps, original light tan wrappers printed in black. Number 33, dated March, 1872. A series of guidebooks initiated 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 149-88. Hittell compiled the first guide book to Yosemite, published in 1866. Several stains to wrappers, a very good copy. (#168481).

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