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

Lots 142 & 143: San Francisco & a Signed M'Ilvaine

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142. MILLARD, Bailey. History of the San Francisco Bay Region. Chicago, San Francisco, and New York: American Historical Society, 1924. xxxviii, 530 + 412 + 416 pp., frontispieces (photograph of author and chromolithographs of California poppy and poinsettia), numerous photographic plates (mostly portraits and counted as part of pagination). 3 vols., 4to, original navy blue grained cloth, gilt-lettered spines, marbled edges. Spines slightly faded, otherwise a very fine, fresh set.
    First edition. Cowan II, p. 875. Howell 50, California 1617. Norris 2465. Rocq 7967. Despite its title, this work consists mostly of biographical material on prominent current citizens. Unlike many other such works, however, this one does include information on a substantial number of women, several of whom helped the author in his retelling of the Donner Party tragedy (p. vii). Other subjects of interest are the Gold Rush, the Vigilance Committee, Mark Twain, literary people, ethnic San Francisco, Lick Observatory, etc.

143. M’ILVAINE, William, Jr. Sketches of Scenery and Notes of Personal Adventure, in California and Mexico. Philadelphia: [E. B. Mears, Stereotyper; Smith & Peters, Printers], 1850. [2] 3, 5-44 pp., 16 lithographed plates, including illustrated title, by the author (10 views of Mexico, California, and the Gold Rush: San Francisco, Sacramento, Fort Sutter, Sutter’s Mill, Kanaka Creek, Stockton, scenes in the gold region, Acapulco, Chapultepec, Mexico City). 4to, original blind-embossed dark brown cloth, gilt-lettered on upper cover: Sketches of Scenery &c in California & Mexico. Small pieces missing from spinal extremities, a few small holes in spine, spine loosening along upper hinge, front joint cracked, interior very fine except for light uniform age toning. Author’s signed ink presentation to J. Murray Bush on front free endpaper, printed book label of Richard Bush U.S.N. on front pastedown (Bancroft, Pioneer Register, p. 78, lists a Richard Bush who was a member of the Mormon Battalion). Preserved in brown cloth slipcase with gilt-lettered red morocco label and chemise.

     First edition, limited edition (400 copies). Braislin 1221. Cowan II, p. 408. Eberstadt 127:95. Graff 2615. Hill 1161 (reprint edition). Howell 50, California 170. Howes M112: “The lithographic views of San Francisco and Sacramento are among the earliest drawn ‘on the spot.’”

Jones 1244. Littell 671. Mayer, Poblaciones mexicanas, planos y panoramas, siglos XVI al XIX, p. 162 (illustrated). Mintz, The Trail 581. Peters, California on Stone, pp. 162-163: “These plates are of unusually fine workmanship.”

Rader 2297. Sabin 43328. Streeter Sale 2640. Vail, Gold Fever, p. 20. Wheat, Books of the California Gold Rush 134. M’Ilvaine visited California from June to November 1849 and in this work gives an account of his overland journey from Acapulco to Mexico City. The author’s narrative was one of the early ones published by a returning forty-niner.

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