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Auction 15: Fine Collection of Californiana Formed by Daniel G. Volkmann Jr.
63. [DIRECTORY: TRUCKEE BASIN]. IRONS, Ch[arle]s D. (editor & compiler). W. F. Edwards’ Tourists’ Guide and Directory of the Truckee Basin. Truckee: “Republican” Job Print (W. F. Edwards, publisher), 1883. 137  [36, ads] pp., engraved frontispiece, 11 engraved plates (views, scenes). 12mo, original gilt-lettered plum cloth. Cloth faded, pastedowns chipped at edges (more so at rear), pp. 55-58 with minor paper loss in lower right blank margin, overall a very good copy, the interior very fine.
Howes E73. Norris 1046: “Extremely scarce. First book on the region,
and antedating by a year Fulton’s directory of 1884, which heretofore
has been accorded that distinction. It contains directories of Boca,
Clinton, Truckee and Lake Tahoe, a history of Truckee, with sketches
of the press, the ‘601’ Vigilance Committee, the industries, deserted
villages, etc.” Paher, Nevada 539. Quebedeaux 38: “Considerable
data furnished by McGlashan himself. The book is a valuable source for
the history of the period.” Rocq 5983. Streeter Sale 2982. Some of the
prints are based on photographs by Truckee photographer H. K. Gage.
64. [DIRECTORY: TUOLUMNE COUNTY]. HECKENDORN & WILSON (compilers). Miners & Business Men’s Directory. For the Year Commencing January 1st, 1856. Embracing a General Directory of the Citizens of Tuolumne, and Portions of Calaveras, Stanislaus and San Joaquin Counties. Together with the Mining Laws of Each District, a Description of the Different Camps, and Other Interesting Statistical Matter. Columbia: Printed at the Clipper Office, 1856.  104 pp., printed in two columns, engraved plate of Columbia by C. C. Kuchel, numerous ads (many illustrated). 8vo, original maize printed wrappers with ads, sewn. Light marginal wear and chipping to wraps (particularly lower wrap at upper blank margin), text with mild to moderate foxing, overall in a remarkable state of preservation for so fragile and ephemeral an imprint. Contemporary pencil presentation by G. B. Plummer on first leaf. Preserved in half red morocco slipcase and chemise.
of an important gold region business directory. Cowan II, p. 174. Graff
1844: “For each area there is a short historical section. An important
feature of this volume is the series of mining laws, most of which are
printed here for the first and only time.... Especially important are
the lists of miners and business men in the various camps, towns, districts,
etc.” Greenwood 693. Howes H389. Kurutz, The California Gold Rush
324. Norris 3967 (illustrated): “Excessively rare.... Most of these
places have long since disappeared leaving no record other than herein
contained.” Plath 149. Quebedeaux 122. Rocq 15377. Sabin 97445. Streeter
Sale 2815 (illustrated). In the histories that accompany each town are
excellent details, including much on race relations and the Foreign
Miner’s Tax. The Sonora history contains a poem entitled “The Great
Greaser Extermination Meeting.” Of interesting sociological import is
that the directory listings give the home state of every resident. The
view of Columbia is early.
Also see our previous lot of San Francisco Directories.