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Lot 5

Barry & Patten in Original Wrappers

5. BARRY, T[heodore] A. & B[enjamin] A. Patten. Men and Memories of San Francisco, in the “Spring of ’50.” By T. A. Barry and B. A. Patten. San Francisco: A. L. Bancroft & Company, Publishers, Booksellers and Stationers, 1873. 296 pp. 8vo, original sage green wrappers, printed and decorated in black. Fragile wraps lightly chipped and worn. Scattered mild to moderate foxing (heavier on title). Very good copy, rare in wraps (not recorded in wraps). This copy without the double-frontispiece (the book is frequently found thus and Kurutz makes no mention of it).

     First edition. Bradford 262. Cowan I, p. 13. Cowan II, p. 36. Graff 197. Holliday 47. Howes B192. Littell 45. Norris 219. Rocq 8248. Wheat, Books of the California Gold Rush 12.

Kurutz, The California Gold Rush 38a:
Barry and Patten, the proprietors of a famous city saloon at the corner of Washington and Kearny streets, produced a historical geography and biographical directory of early San Francisco, full of episodes, and valuable for the reconstruction of the city and location of buildings in `49, `50, and `51. The authors profiled many of the pioneer businesses in the city ranging from restaurants to the Chinese laundry. The authors dated the preface May 1873. Wheat calls this “Informative and engaging gossip.” Morgan says “...has little to say about the gold region.”

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