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Auction 15: Fine Collection of Californiana Formed by Daniel G. Volkmann Jr.
105. [HAVEN, Emily Bradley Neal]. “All’s Not Gold That Glitters”; or, The Young Californian. By Cousin Alice. New York: D. Appleton & Co., 1853. 214 [2, ads] pp., chromolithographed title by George T. Devereux (printed in Philadelphia by Thomas S. Sinclair), 4 woodcut plates by “J. M. L.” (printed in New York City by Alfred Swinton & Augustus Fay). 8vo, original blue pebble cloth with title in gilt on upper cover, title and a miner in gilt on spine. Rubbed, faded, shelf-worn, minor chipping at ends of spine, corners bumped, shelf-slanted, moderate foxing and staining throughout. Ink gift inscription from his sister M. A. Cooper on one front flyleaf to S. B. Pierce, with his ink stamp on the following.
Cowan II, pp. 145-146. Gaer, California Literature (Gold Rush),
p. 22. Kurutz, The California Gold Rush 321a. This Gold Rush
juvenile is the fourth in the Home Book series by this author. Written
in the general moral style prevalent among juveniles at the time, the
work seeks to teach the young, through the adventures of youthful Argonaut
Sam Gilman, the usual lessons that wealth does not bring happiness and
that true friendship is the real gold in life. Haven (1827-1863) was
a popular children’s writer widely mourned after her death from tuberculosis
at age thirty-six. See Notable American Women. See also Hamilton,
Early American Book Illustrators and Wood Engravers, pp. 233
& 383, and Groce & Wallace.
106. HEAP, G[winn] H[arris]. Central Route to the Pacific, from the Valley of the Mississippi to California: Journal of the Expedition...from Missouri to California, in 1853. Philadelphia: Lippincott, Grambo, and Co., 1854. 136 [46, publisher’s catalogue advertising this book at $1.50] pp., 13 tinted lithographed plates by P. S. Duval in Philadelphia after Heap’s original artwork (Native Americans, scenes and views on the expedition), map supplied in photofacsimile (copies of the book with the map are the exception). 8vo, original brown cloth. Cloth faded and with some green mottling, spine extremities and corners lightly bumped, uniform age toning to text, light foxing to plates. With armorial bookplate of James W. Todd and printed ticket of bookseller Charles Hiller on front pastedown. Pencil signature of Frederic E. Townsend, January 1889 on front free endpaper.
First edition. Cowan I, p. 107. Cowan II, p. 273. Edwards, Enduring Desert, pp. 110-111: “The earliest published account of Death Valley.... Of all the journals and diaries telling of the Mojave desert crossing, none appears comparable to the Heap in sheer readability and in picturesque descriptive quality.” Graff 1837. Howell 50, California 511. Howes H378. Paher, Nevada 747: “During the early 1850s western railroad explorations were firmly pursued. Here is the journal of the expedition of Edward F. Beale and Heap, who followed the Spanish Trail in August 1853 through southern Nevada and California while surveying the central route to California.... With its picturesque descriptions of the places he visited, Heap is among the most readable of the early journalists. Early camel material is contained in an appendix.” Plains & Rockies IV:235. Rittenhouse 290. Wheat, Mapping the Transmississippi West 808 & III, pp. 197-201. One of the missions of this expedition was to decide if there were suitable lands in Utah and New Mexico to which Native Americans from California could be relocated.
107. HITTELL, John S[hirtzer]. A History of the City of San Francisco and Incidentally of the State of California. San Francisco: A. L. Bancroft & Company, 1878. 498 pp. 8vo, original terracotta cloth lettered and decorated in gilt and black. Very minor rubbing to spine extremities and corners, lower hinge starting, front flyleaf with 5 cm (2-inch) tear, otherwise very good. Author’s ink presentation to Mrs. Olive M. Washburn, April 15, 1882, on front flyleaf. Slipcase.
First edition. Cowan I, p. 111: “The most reliable and standard authority that has yet appeared upon the period it includes.” Cowan II, p. 283. Howell 50, California 786. Howes H539. Rocq 7966. Wheat, Books of the California Gold Rush 99: “Impressive work.” Written for the U.S. Centennial. The preface is a stunning, heartfelt paean to the city, its founders, and its accomplishments.
108. HUGHES, John T. Doniphan’s Expedition; Containing an Account of the Conquest of New Mexico; General Kearney’s Overland Expedition to California; Doniphan’s Campaign against the Navajos; His Unparalleled March upon Chihuahua and Durango; And the Operations of General Price at Santa Fé. With a Sketch of the Life of Col. Doniphan. Illustrated with Plans of Battle-Fields and Fine Engravings. Cincinnati: U. P. James, n.d. [after July, 1854]. viii -144 pp., engraved frontispiece, eight text illustrations and three maps within text: (1) Plan of Santa Fe and Its Environs; (2) Plan of the Battle of Brazito; (3) Plan of the Battle of Sacramento. 8vo, original salmon pictorial wrappers, with the spirited engraving Reid’s Charge at Sacramento bound after text, in later three-quarter tan calf over marbled boards. Wrappers slightly darkened, occasional light foxing, otherwise very good. This was an immensely popular book that people really read; consequently, finding a copy in collector’s condition is difficult.
A later edition from stereotyped plates. Plains & Rockies IV, p. 287-288, comments (in the note for item 134): “The dating of the various copies and issues of this edition, even those bearing the James imprint, by means of the advertising matter in the wrappers has yet to be fully investigated and analyzed.” Bennett, American Book Collecting, p. 97. Connor & Faulk 434. Cf. Cowan I, p. 115-116. Cf. Cowan II, p. 295. Cf. Edwards, Enduring Desert, p. 122. Fifty Texas Rarities 32 (citing the 1847 issue): “The expedition described by Hughes was led by Alexander William Doniphan, a Kentuckian who turned Missouri lawyer and finally became a soldier. ‘This expedition, which ended by land at Matamoros, is still considered one of the most brilliant long marches ever made; the force, with no quartermaster, paymaster, commissary, uniforms, tents, or even military discipline, covered 3,600 miles by land and over 2,000 by water, all in the course of twelve months.’ (S. M. Drumm).” Garrett, Mexican-American War, p. 149. Graff 2006. Haferkorn, p. 35. Hamilton, Early American Book Illustrators and Wood Engravers 999a (Maclean) & p. 214 (Tisdale). Cf. Hill 836-837. Howes H769: “Doniphan’s and Kearny’s conquest gave the U.S. its claim to New Mexico and Arizona.” Cf. Jones 1151. Munk (Alliot), p. 111. Plains & Rockies IV:134: “Recount[s] the adventures of the First Regiment of Missouri Cavalry in New Mexico and Chihuahua.... Hughes’ brightly-written account of the regiment proved popular; by 1851 the Jameses reported more than 14,000, and it remained in print for many years thereafter. Despite the quantity, and the many printings, it is now rare and avidly sought.” Rittenhouse 311: “A classic work.” Saunders 2972. Tutorow 3589.