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

Lots 63 & 64: Early California Directories

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63. [DIRECTORY: TRUCKEE BASIN]. IRONS, Ch[arle]s D. (editor & compiler). W. F. Edwards’ Tourists’ Guide and Directory of the Truckee Basin. Truckee: “Republican” Job Print (W. F. Edwards, publisher), 1883. 137 [7] [36, ads] pp., engraved frontispiece, 11 engraved plates (views, scenes). 12mo, original gilt-lettered plum cloth. Cloth faded, pastedowns chipped at edges (more so at rear), pp. 55-58 with minor paper loss in lower right blank margin, overall a very good copy, the interior very fine.

    First edition. Howes E73. Norris 1046: “Extremely scarce. First book on the region, and antedating by a year Fulton’s directory of 1884, which heretofore has been accorded that distinction. It contains directories of Boca, Clinton, Truckee and Lake Tahoe, a history of Truckee, with sketches of the press, the ‘601’ Vigilance Committee, the industries, deserted villages, etc.” Paher, Nevada 539. Quebedeaux 38: “Considerable data furnished by McGlashan himself. The book is a valuable source for the history of the period.” Rocq 5983. Streeter Sale 2982. Some of the prints are based on photographs by Truckee photographer H. K. Gage.

64. [DIRECTORY: TUOLUMNE COUNTY]. HECKENDORN & WILSON (compilers). Miners & Business Men’s Directory. For the Year Commencing January 1st, 1856. Embracing a General Directory of the Citizens of Tuolumne, and Portions of Calaveras, Stanislaus and San Joaquin Counties. Together with the Mining Laws of Each District, a Description of the Different Camps, and Other Interesting Statistical Matter. Columbia: Printed at the Clipper Office, 1856. [8] 104 pp., printed in two columns, engraved plate of Columbia by C. C. Kuchel, numerous ads (many illustrated). 8vo, original maize printed wrappers with ads, sewn. Light marginal wear and chipping to wraps (particularly lower wrap at upper blank margin), text with mild to moderate foxing, overall in a remarkable state of preservation for so fragile and ephemeral an imprint. Contemporary pencil presentation by G. B. Plummer on first leaf. Preserved in half red morocco slipcase and chemise.

    First edition of an important gold region business directory. Cowan II, p. 174. Graff 1844: “For each area there is a short historical section. An important feature of this volume is the series of mining laws, most of which are printed here for the first and only time.... Especially important are the lists of miners and business men in the various camps, towns, districts, etc.” Greenwood 693. Howes H389. Kurutz, The California Gold Rush 324. Norris 3967 (illustrated): “Excessively rare.... Most of these places have long since disappeared leaving no record other than herein contained.” Plath 149. Quebedeaux 122. Rocq 15377. Sabin 97445. Streeter Sale 2815 (illustrated). In the histories that accompany each town are excellent details, including much on race relations and the Foreign Miner’s Tax. The Sonora history contains a poem entitled “The Great Greaser Extermination Meeting.” Of interesting sociological import is that the directory listings give the home state of every resident. The view of Columbia is early.

For another early California directory, please see our item our Item #56: Bean’s History and Directory of Nevada County.

Also see our previous lot of San Francisco Directories.

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