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Lot 50

“One of the most valuable—content-wise—of all the directories published in the United States”—Quebedeaux

50. [DIRECTORY]. BEAN, Edwin F. Bean’s History and Directory of Nevada County, California. Containing a Complete History of the County, with Sketches of Various Towns and Mining Camps, the Names and Occupation of Residents; Also, Full Statistics of Mining and All Other Industrial Resources. Nevada City: Printed at the Daily Gazette Book and Job Office, 1867. vi, [6], [2, blank], 424 pp., 1 leaf of inserted ads (pp. 184-185), pp. 409-424 on colored paper; printed pastedowns. 8vo, original black gilt-lettered leather over blue pictorial boards printed in red and black (skillfully rebacked, original spine laid down and missing about one-half to one inch at extremities). Boards spotted and rubbed, a few scattered stains. A very good copy. Small contemporary lithograph label of “Wm. Montgomery’s Library” with number 91 in ink. Lower pastedown with small printed yellow label of John Howell-Books of San Francisco, Warren R. Howell’s pencil notation “Brought 47.50 at auction in 1922”, and early light red inkstamp of Alameda Free Library. This copy does not have the small ad after p. vi, which, according to Quebedeaux, did not appear in all copies.

     First edition, first directory printed in Nevada County, and an early imprint for Nevada City. Anderson Sale 1604: “One of the rarest of California ‘local’ histories.” Bradford 319. Cowan II, p. 170. Graff 219 (with binder’s ad). Howell, California 50:420: “Bean provides a complete history of the county, along with sketches of the various towns and mining camps, names and occupations of residents, and statistics on mining and other resources.” Howes B278 (“b”). Littell 49: “Very rare, and one of the most valuable directories issued.” Norris 2833. Plath 130. Quebedeaux 36: “Very scarce.... His history and directory is, by far, the best-known of all California directories. One of the great ‘standard’ county histories, it is, in the minds of many collectors, dealers, historians and libraries, one of the most valuable—content-wise—of all the directories published in the United States.”Rocq 5956. Streeter Sale 2913. Wheat, Books of the California Gold Rush 13: “Notable compendium of early source material.”

     A substantial essay is given over to mining gold from quartz deposits, which, as the author notes, has been the subject of numerous false starts. ($4,000-8,000)

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