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Item 28. Davis’s History of Political Conventions in
California—“Despite the chafing dryness of the text, the volume covers
the important political issues of the formative period of state and local
government and documents the evolution of a myriad of political parties”
|28. DAVIS, Winfield
J. (1851-1909). History of Political Conventions
in California, 1849-1892. Sacramento: Publications of the
California State Library No. 1, 1893.  711 pp., tipped-in errata slip
at p. . 8vo, original brown cloth, spine gilt-lettered. Slight outer
wear and front free endpaper with light offsetting from the bookplate
of Monsignor Joseph M. Gleason, but generally fine. California State
Library duplicate, with their ink-stamped and penciled call number on
title verso, and their ink compliments stamp on lower free endpaper.
See Talbot, Historic California in Book Plates, p. 99, where Monsignor
Gleason’s bookplate is illustrated.
First edition. Cowan I, p. 64. Cowan II, p. 161. Graff 1024. Holliday 272. Howell 50, California 408. Howes D142. Huntington Library, Zamorano 80...Exhibition of Famous and Notorious California Classics 28. Rocq 16816. Streeter Sale 3015. Zamorano 80 #28 (Leslie E. Bliss): “It is the authority for its period and might well be brought down to date.” ($150-250)
When published in February 1893, newspapers around California hailed
Davis’s book as the “best work of political reference ever published
in the state.” Another declared it the first of its kind published anywhere
in America. Based on painstaking research, this encyclopedia of state
politics starts with the first political mass meeting in California,
the Democratic Convention held in San Francisco on October 25, 1849,
and concludes with the state convention of July 26, 1892.
——Gary F. Kurutz