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AUCTION 22

 

Rare Regional History of San Diego & San Bernardino Counties in 1883

Profusely Illustrated with Lithographs of Southern California


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175.     ELLIOTT, Wallace W. (publisher). History of San Diego County, California, with Illustrations, Descriptive of Its Scenery, Farms, Residences, Public Buildings, Factories, Hotels, Business Houses, Schools, Churches, and Mines, from Original Drawings, with Biographical Sketches [and] WILSON, Warren. History of San Bernardino County, California, pp. [141-204]. San Francisco: Wallace W. Elliott & Co., 609 Montgomery Street, 1883. [6], [17]-68, [2], 69-108, [2], 109-110, [2], 111-116, [2], 117-140, [4], [141]-158, [2], 159-178, [2], 179-198, [2], 199-200, [2], 201-204 pp. (printed in double column), 77 lithograph plates (8 of which are folded), 3 lithograph maps (see below), wood-engraved text illustrations, diagrams, etc. Folio (35 x 28.7 cm), publisher’s original black sheep over gilt-lettered and blind-stamped brown cloth, spine lettered in gilt. Fair copy only. Binding worn, upper joint starting, cloth faded and stained. Moderate waterstaining, especially the first 35 and last 10 pages (the majority of the images affected have only mild marginal staining). A few leaves torn and/or repaired, a couple with minor loss. Pp. 17-18 trimmed at top blank margin; 19-20, trimmed at right blank margin. Very rare.

Maps:

Map of California Published by W.W. Elliott & Co. Lithographers. 619 Montgomery St. San Francisco. 1881. Full original color. Neat line to neat line: 30 x 24.5 cm.

Map of San Bernardino and San Diego. Compiled for Illustrated History. W.W. Elliott & Co. 618 Montgomery St. [small untitled inset of San Diego Bay at lower left] San Francisco. 1882. Full original color. Neat line to neat line: 29.3 x 22.4 cm.

Map of Etiwanda, San Bernardino Co., Cal. Chaffey Brothers, Proprietors This Tract is Located on the Southern Pacific R.R., 48 miles East of Los Angeles, Elliott & Co., 610 Montgomery St., San Francisco. Uncolored plat map of town lots. Neat line to neat line: 30.2 x 23 cm. At the time of this map, Etiwanda (eventually part of Rancho Cucamonga), was newly formed, the land having been purchased in 1881 from a retired Portuguese sea captain. The Etiwanda Water Company became the standard for water system management in southern California. In 1882, the first long distance telephone call in southern California was completed between San Bernardino and Etiwanda; electric lights arrived the same year.

     First edition. Bradford 742A. Cowan, p. 551. Edwards, Enduring Desert, p. 76: “Much of southern desert interest in this huge old record book of 1883.” Filby, Bibliography of American County Histories, p. 31. Rocq 7303. Not in Adams (Herd) though the book is replete with illustrations of ranches and text on ranching, including the 1851 “An Act re Judges of the Plains” (Herd 394). Adams does not list the title in Guns, either, but there is much on rustling and lawlessness in the “Early Times” essays on each region, such as an account of the 1851 raid on the Lugo Ranch in San Jose by a party of Utes from around Salt Lake (pp. 77-79).

     Wallace W. Elliott seems to have been an even more indefatigable county history publisher than Thompson & West, but Elliott’s tomes are scarcer. Elliott’s publications included histories for the counties and regions of Colusa, Fresno, Humboldt, Santa Cruz, Monterey, Santa Ana, Orange, Stanislaus, Tulare, etc., etc. These histories extolling California with a profusion of lithographic plates are a valuable documentary source on nineteenth-century California, often recording views and places not found elsewhere.

     Included in the present volume are images of ranches, orchards, vineyards, apiaries, farms, residences, public buildings, factories, hotels, businesses, schools, churches, railroads, newspaper offices, etc. Particularly interesting are printing establishments showing printers at work and equipment in use at the time. Some of the plates of residences feature owners’ portraits or even their prize livestock. Double-page plates in the present volume include bird’s-eye views of Redlands and Etiwanda (not in Reps). The engraved text vignettes consist of portraits, maps, public and private architecture, and views (including a bird’s-eye view of the town and bay of San Diego).

     The biographical sketches sometimes have interesting details not found elsewhere on early settlers and Bear-Flaggers of California, as well as early miners. For instance, there is a good illustrated essay on the property of Cave Johnson Couts, West Pointer, Mexican-American vet, and surveyor of the San Diego pueblo lands in 1848. Coverage of the area’s Native American population includes historical encounters, missionization, and descriptions of the tribes as they then existed. The picture is decidedly mixed, with some tribes being lauded as industrious and peaceful, but others denigrated for their alleged indolent ways. For example, the Coahuillas and Serranos are said to be “inveterate gamblers, and observe Sunday by getting drunk and playing their favorite game, ‘peon.’ After betting away all their money, they gamble their horses off” (p. 149). On the other hand it is observed: “The marriage relation among the Indians is very sacred, and this tie is never dissolved between them except for reasons laid down in the Bible. Adultery is so common among them that many of the squaws do not marry, and some of the Indians do not live with the wives who have become dissolute” (p. 149).

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