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Auction 15: Fine Collection of Californiana Formed by Daniel G. Volkmann Jr.

Lots 124-127: San Francisco, Voyages, Muir, Stevenson

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124. LLOYD, B[enjamin] E. Lights and Shades in San Francisco...with Appropriate Illustrations. San Francisco: A. L. Bancroft & Company, [1875]. 523 pp., 17 (of 18) wood-engraved plates (wants frontispiece). 8vo, original three-quarter sheep over green cloth with gilt cloth onlays on upper cover. Lightly rubbed, two edges marbled (neatly rebacked, new front flyleaf supplied). Binding sunned and rubbed, light stain from now absent plant material at pp. 190-191. With printed bookplate of California collector, grandson of Josiah Gregg, and Zamorano 80 commentator Joseph Gregg Layne (Talbot, Historic California in Bookplates, p. 172) on front pastedown and 1931 bill from Dawson’s laid in.
    First edition. Cowan I, p. 142: “The best work descriptive of the familiar and unfamiliar features of old San Francisco.” Cowan II, p. 394. Cowan & Dunlap, Chinese Question 294. Gaer, California Literature (Gold Rush), p. 38. Howell 50, California 1615 (calling for frontispiece and 18 plates). Howes L404. Norris 2213. Rocq 10249. Although Lloyd claims little originality for his work, the book does cover an enormous amount of ground both physically and morally. Among the descriptions are those of various hotels, libraries, Chinese opium dens, and printing establishments. The cutaway plate at p. 294 of A. L. Bancroft’s business is an early interior view of the activities of a California printer, publisher, lithographer, and bookseller. Mark Twain and Bret Harte are also discussed, along with other personalities, and there are several chapters on the Chinese in San Francisco. Lloyd is extremely conservative and views San Francisco’s moral drift as perilous. Especially damning are his remarks on prostitution, wherein he points out that even some of the best city hotels are little more than fronts for that activity.

125. [Longworth, Maria Theresa]. Zanita: A Tale of the Yo-Semite. By Therèse Yelverton. New York: Hurd and Houghton; Cambridge: Riverside Press, 1872. iv, 296 pp. 8vo, original terracotta cloth, spine gilt-lettered. Spine sunned, light binding wear, otherwise very good.
    First edition. Cowan I, p. 255. Cowan II, p. 699. Currey & Kruska 399: “A sentimental and melodramatic novel which provided an authentic portrayal of John Muir.” Farquhar, Yosemite 11. According to Currey & Kruska, Longworth, an Englishwoman, was escorted through the Yosemite by Muir, with whom she fell in love and whom she made the hero of this novel. It is considered reliable in its recounting of Muir’s activities at the time.

126. LYMAN, Albert. Journal of a Voyage to California, and Life in the Gold Diggings, and also of a Voyage from California to the Sandwich Islands. Hartford: E. T. Pease; New York: Dexter & Bro.; Boston: Redding & Co., 1852. 192 pp., 2 woodcuts (counted as part of pagination), text vignettes. 12mo, original blind-embossed brown cloth (rebacked, with small piece of original spine preserved). Corners lightly bumped, leaves with mild waterstaining in upper and lower blank margins near gutter, otherwise very good. With printed bookplate of Meadville, Pennsylvania, businessman, lawyer, and politician George Benjamin Delamater on front pastedown.

    First edition. Bradford 3096. Braislin 1202. Byrd 40. Cowan I, p. 145: “A very rare and curious work.” Cowan II, p. 400. Eberstadt 115:661. Forbes, Hawaiian National Bibliography 1887: “An important scarce Gold Rush narrative.” Holliday 709. Howell 50, California 613. Howes L577. Kurutz, The California Gold Rush 411. Littell 677. Norris 2255. Rocq 15926. Streeter Sale 2715. Vail, Gold Fever, p. 20. Wheat, Books of the California Gold Rush 129. Lyman, a Connecticut Yankee, arrived in San Francisco in August 1849 as a member of the Connecticut Mining and Trading Company. Being astute businessmen, apparently, the entire company did not all go dig for gold but rather made their living by opening stores and using the ship, from which all the sailors deserted at landfall, to transport passengers. The company’s success in the goldfields appears to have been indifferent. Lyman’s New England morals were often challenged and offended by scenes he saw in California. The preface states that “the manuscript was very fully illustrated with graphical pencil sketches, of great artistic skill and beauty, a few of which only are transferred to the printed copies.” Two of these have been used (Schooner General Morgan at Cape Froward and Rio de Janeiro). The remainder of the illustrations consist of stock woodcuts.

127. [LYNCH, James]. With Stevenson to California 1846. N.p., n.d. [ca. 1896]. 65 pp. 12mo, original green cloth, title gilt on upper cover. Very slight rubbing to spine extremities and corners, otherwise very fine, partially unopened. May 5, 1879, autograph letter signed of J. D. Stevenson to Mrs. Cornwall expressing concern that her husband is ill (tipped in on front free endpaper). Printed bookplate of Bruce Cornwall on front pastedown, and ticket of G. Hargens bookstore on rear pastedown.
    First edition (limited to 100 copies). The preface is dated July, 1896. Cowan I, p.145. Cowan II, p. 401. Garrett, Mexican-American War, p. 233. Graff 2564. Hill 1050. Howell 50, California 614: “Lynch joined Colonel Stevenson’ regiment in New York and sailed for California on September 26, 1846. His narrative is a first-hand account of the conquest and establishment of American control in California.” Howes L583. Rocq 16997. After a brief stay in San Francisco, which he found had been overrun by “the scum of all creation” (p. 63), he established a ranch miles away and apparently lived happily ever after.

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