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Lot 59

59. FARNHAM, Thomas Jefferson. Pictorial Edition!!! Life, Adventures, and Travels in California. By T. J. Farnham. To Which are Added the Conquest of California, Travels in Oregon, and History of the Gold Regions. New York: Published by Nafis & Cornish; St. Louis: Van Dien & MacDonald, 1849. 468 pp. (text without line borders), 53 full-page woodcut text illustrations without line borders (including frontispiece and pictorial title within ornamental border of military and patriotic symbols). 8vo, publisher’s original brown extra gilt cloth with elaborate gilt-stamped design of pictorial vignettes within ornate floral surrounds and rule borders, spine with scrolling ornaments, marbled edges. Binding slightly faded and shelf worn (especially at corners), head of spine snagged, front hinge a little weak (crack between flyleaf and recto of frontispiece), interior fine. No map in this copy, as is frequently the case. Contemporary ink ownership inscription of Maria Spencer Harris, presentation note before Chapter I: “Presented to James L. Banning by Aunt Latimer & Mrs. Biddle Novr. 1, 1862.”

     Another copy of preceding, without the map. As noted above, the present copy was printed without the line borders around text and illustrations as in the preceding copy. The plates are sometimes in different places in the text. This work needs further bibliographical investigation, but one thing is clear. The book’s publication was hastily done to meet popular demand. ($150-300)


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