43. CRONISE, Titus Fey. The Natural Wealth of California comprising Early History; Geography, Topography, and Scenery; Climate; Agriculture and Commercial Products; Geology, Zoology, and Botany; Mineralogy, Mines, and Mining Processes; Manufactures; Steamship Lines, Railroads, and Commerce; Immigration, Population and Society; Educational Institutions and Literature; Together with a Detailed Description of each County; its Topography, Scenery, Cities and Towns, Agricultural Advantages, Mineral Resources, and Varied Productions. By Titus Fey Cronise.San Francisco: H. H. Bancroft; New York: 113 William Street, 1868. xvi, 696, [12, ads] pp., 16 wood-engraved plates (views, scenes, mining operations). Large thick 8vo, publisher’s original green pebble cloth, beveled edges, title in gilt on spine (recased and hinges strengthened). Slight binding wear, a few leaves with light waterstaining to lower blank margin, generally very good, binding bright, plates excellent. The book is most often found without the plates and in poor condition because the text block weighs more than the binding was designed to withstand.
First edition, the preferred issue, with plates. BAL 7243. Bradford 1134. Cowan I, p. 60. Cowan II, pp. 150-151: “The best and most reliable work of the time.” Cowan & Dunlap, Chinese Question 154. Edwards, Enduring Desert, pp. 62-63. Fritz, California Coast Redwood 88 (includes information about lumbering and mills). Howell, California 50:400: “The best and most reliable work of its time, describing climate, agriculture, geology, zoology, railroads, mining, and manufactures. Many copies were issued without the plates.” Norris 898. Rocq 16793. Pilling 930: “Comparative vocabulary of 17 Indian, Chinese and English words.” Sabin 17608.
Printed by Towne & Bacon, stereotyped at the California Type Foundry, and bound by Bartling & Kimball (p. [iv]). An encyclopedic work on the history and present state of California published at a transitional time in the state’s history, which is reflected by the fact that the author pays more attention to agriculture and manufacturing than to mining operations, although recognizing the need for all if the state is to prosper. Bret Harte made unidentified contributions to this work. ($200-400)
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