[CALIFORNIA]. STEVENSON, Jonathan D. Memorial and Petition of Colonel J.D. Stevenson of California. San Francisco: J.R. Brodie & Co., Steam Printers, 401 and 408 Sansome Street, 1886. [1-5] 6-16, 16a-16j, 17-89 [1, blank] pp., frontispiece portrait (included in pagination), 3 plates (2 of which are color illustrations of birds-eye views of San Francisco). 8vo (25.5 x 17.5 cm), original grey printed wrappers. Wrappers worn and soiled. Interior waterstained at lower blank margin, browned, and with mild staining. In contemporary ink on upper wrapper: Mr. Andrew Rutherford. Taped into Gaylord grey boards binder. With Warren R. Howell’s pencil notes at back indicating he paid $50 for the book and that it is “very rare.”
First edition. Cowan I, p. 221; II, p. 614. Graff 3983. Howell 50:853. Howes S979.
“Stevenson’s memoirs of the Conquest, with accounts of his command and actions at Los Angeles, his friendship with General Pico, the Kearney expedition of 1846, and his career in San Francisco. Also included are previously unrevealed details of the conspiracy to form an independent Republic in the West, consisting of California, Oregon, and Nevada” (Howell).
Stevenson (1800-1894) was in command of a regiment of New York troops, which he himself raised. His troops were enlisted with the unusual expectation that they would stay in California after the war. Stevenson went on to become a prominent California citizen.
Sold. Hammer: $400.00; Price Realized: $490.00.