Scenes of Wonder and Curiosity in California
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Author: Hutchings, James Mason
Title: Scenes of Wonder and Curiosity in California…including the Mammoth Trees of Calaveras; the Caves and Natural Bridges of Calaveras; the Yo-Semite Valley; the Mammoth Trees of Mariposa and Frezno; Mount Shasta; the Quicksilver Mines of New Almaden and Henriquita; the Farallone Islands…
Place Published: San Francisco
Publisher:J.M. Hutchings & Co.
Date Published: 1862
267 pp. Illustrated with numerous wood engravings. 20.5x13 cm (9x5½"), period half brown straight grain morocco and marbled boards, gilt ruled and lettered spine, speckled edges. Second Edition, expanded.
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The first book-length description of California's natural attractions, and the first work to describe the big trees and the Yosemite region. The second edition, expanded from the two printings of the first edition with the addition of three new chapters; the remainder of the book is the same as the undated 1860 first edition and the 1861 reprinting of it. Cowan (I), p. 117; Currey & Kruska, p. 84; Farquhar 4d; Rocq 5208; Sabin 34045.