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63. REVERE, Joseph Warren (1812-1880).
A Tour of Duty in California; Including a Description of the Gold Region:
And an Account of the Voyage around Cape Horn; with Notices of Lower
California, the Gulf and Pacific Coasts, and the Principal Events
Attending the Conquest of the Californias...Edited by Joseph N. Balestier....
New York: C. S. Francis & Co.; Boston: J. H. Francis, 1849. 
vi [2, wood engraving “Design for the Arms of California”] 305 [1,
blank] [6, ads] pp., 6 lithographic plates (including frontispiece)
after Revere’s sketches, folding lithographic map: Harbour of San
Francisco California. Sketched from Beechey’s Survey. By Joseph W.
Revere U.S.N. Published by C. S. Francis & Co. N. York
[below neat line at lower left]: Lith. of Wm.
Endicott & Co. N. York, 30.5 x 25 cm (12 x 9-7/8 inches).
12mo, later three-quarter smooth tan calf over tan cloth, spine extra
gilt with two gilt-lettered red leather labels, raised bands, t.e.g.
Light outer wear and rubbing, intermittent mild to moderate foxing,
one small closed tear at juncture of map and book block, generally
very good to near fine.
Joseph Warren Revere, a grandson of Paul Revere and graduate of Annapolis,
was a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy on the eve of the American conquest
of California. His book ranks as an essential firsthand account of
the takeover and life in California at that volatile time. It is filled
with thoughtful analysis and conjecture on the future of California
as it transitioned to American rule. He arrived in time to observe
the full flavor of the region’s rich natural resources including the
quicksilver mines, its rancho economy, the customs and manners of the
Californios, and its many foreign settlers. Revere offered astute observations
of the attitude of the Californios toward Mexico and the imminent
prospect of American conquest.
——Gary F. Kurutz
Item 63. Lithograph of Sutter’s Fort after Joseph Warren Revere’s original art work.
Item 63. Lithograph of “A Ranchero Feat” after Joseph Warren Revere’s original art work.
Item 63. Yet another chart of San Francisco from Beechey’s influential rendering.