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

Lots 214 & 215: San Francisco Land Titles & the English Visit California

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214. WALPOLE, Fred[erick]. Four Years in the Pacific. In Her Majesty’s Ship “Collingwood.” From 1844 to 1848. London: Richard Bentley, 1849. xiii [1, blank] [1] [1, blank] 432 pp., woodcut frontispiece (drawn by John Speer and engraved by J. W. Cook) + ix [1, blank] 415 pp., woodcut frontispiece (drawn by John Speer and engraved by J. W. Cook). 2 vols., 8vo, original embossed blue cloth with gilt-lettered spines (skillfully recased, new endpapers). A little shelf-slanted, spines and some corners retouched, recased with new endpapers, plates slightly darkened, internally very good.
    First edition. Borba de Moraes, p. 933. Cowan I, p. 243. Cowan II, p. 667. Forbes, Hawaiian National Bibliography 1757: “Lively account of this voyage.” Hill 1815: “Arrived at Monterey a few days after the American flag had been raised there by John Drake Sloat.” Howes W62. O’Reilly & Reitman 1093. Palau 373766. Sabin 101142. The section on California is found at vol. 2, pp. 204-219. Arriving on July 16, 1846, the crew was astonished to discover the place under U.S. control. Only a few days after they anchored, Frémont also arrived. Although Walpole liked scenic Monterey, he was somewhat shocked at some of the incidents and people encountered and in the end remarks, “It was with little regret, and no idea of the hidden treasures since discovered, that the anchor was weighed, and we set sail for the Sandwich Islands” (vol. 2, p. 219).

215. WHEELER, Alfred. Land Titles in San Francisco, and the Laws Affecting the Same, with a Synopsis of All Grants and Sales of Land within the Limits Claimed by the City. San Francisco: Alta California Steam Printing Establishment, 1852. 127 [3] pp., folded lithographed map on tissue paper (Map of San Francisco, Compiled from Latest Surveys & containing all late Extensions & Division of Wards. Published by Josiah J. Le Count, for Wheeler’s Report on Land Titles in San Francisco Cal [left below neat line]: Lith. of Josiah J. Le Count San. Francisco. 21.5 x 26.4 cm; 8-7/16 x 10-7/16 inches). 4to, original half tan calf over blue sprinkled boards, printed orange paper label on upper cover.

Some rubbing and shelf wear, corners bumped, some staining to a few leaves confined generally to lower blank margin, map skillfully repaired to close small split and a tear. The Streeter copy, with his bookplate on front pastedown.
    First edition. AII, California, p. 45. Cowan I, p. 246. Cowan II, p. 677: “The correct map was specially engraved for this work.” Greenwood 369. Howell 50, California 1624 (this copy). Howes W315. Norris 4174. Peters, California on Stone, p. 103. Sabin 103174. Streeter Sale 2728 (this copy): “This is one of the foundation books on California land titles. I am told that with the correct map, which is present in my copy, it is quite scarce.”

This publication covers the legal history of San Francisco land grants and includes information on the present owners and grantors. Mexican and U.S. documents are printed, including relevant portions of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, as well as the act for the admission of California as a state.

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