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AUCTION 20

117. SPRECKELS & BROTHERS. [SAMUELS, Frederick K. (compiler)] & J[ohn] D[iedrich] Spreckels. [Cover title] Ports of San Francisco San Diego Puget Sound Portland and Honolulu Compliments of J. D. Spreckels & Bros. [Copyright page] [San Francisco]: William C. Brown, 1889. [6], 54, [10] pp., text printed within maroon ornamental border, 4 plates (photographs of ships), one ad (Oceanic Steamship Company) with chromolithograph, engraved text vignettes (ships), 3 folding colored maps: [1] The Harbor of San Francisco, and Tributary Waters. Compiled from U.S. Survey Charts by A. M. Clay 1889; [2] The Piers of the City of San Francisco, Compiled from Official Maps By A. M. Clay 1889; [3] Map of San Diego Bay California 1889. 8vo, original brown gilt-lettered and ruled cloth, bevelled edges. Binding lightly scuffed, front hinge open, rear hinge weak, penultimate page with one-inch tear barely into text (no loss), second map has a small tear at text block (barely into image), but overall a very good copy of an uncommon book.

     Second edition, expanded (first edition, 1886; the first edition covered only San Francisco). Rocq 12268. Not in Cowan, Forbes (Hawaiian National Bibliography), etc. This book is a special edition, as probably they all were, specially bound for presentation. Elaborately printed and illustrated with plates of the Company’s tug/fire boats and rescue vessels, this work reviews customary practices at the ports it covers and promotes Spreckels’ maritime services. The Spreckels brothers were all prominent Southern California citizens. The best known was John D. Spreckels (1853-1926), who became extremely wealthy from his investments in the San Diego area and beyond. At one time the brothers owned the largest sugar beet mill in the United States at Spreckels, California. John is remembered as one of the major benefactors of San Diego when it was a young town, and many of his benefactions are still enjoyed today. ($250-500)

Sold. Hammer: $550.00; Price Realized: $646.25

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