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Lot 0105 Details

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Title: Scenes of Wonder and Curiosity in California. Illustrated by 105 well executed engravings, 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; The Geyser Springs; the Riffle-Box Waterfall; Deer Creek; Lake Bigler; Scenes on the Sacramento; the El Dorado County Cave, etc.
Author: [Hutchings, James Mason]
Description: 267 pp. Illustrated with numerous wood engravings. (8vo), original blindstamped brown cloth, spine lettered in gilt. Second Edition, First Printing.The first book-length description of California's natural attractions, and the first work to describe the big trees and the Yosemite region. "Hutchings was editor and publisher of Hutchings' California Magazine, founded in 1856. This book is the first work to promote the natural beauty and scenery of California" - Greenwood. Farquhar notes that for the first edition the illustrations "are entirely from the cuts used in the first four volumes of the magazine." This is 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 p.300; Currey & Kruska 164; Farquhar 4c; Greenwood 1475.
Heading: Place Published: San Francisco
Publisher: J.M. Hutchings
Date Published: 1861
Condition
Light wear to cloth, front free endpaper lacking; light foxing; very good.
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105: Scenes of Wonder and Curiosity in California

Estimate $200 - $300Sep 22, 2011
Starting Price $100
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