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AUCTION 16

“THE WORLD RUSHED IN”
THE CALIFORNIA GOLD RUSH

Lot 126

“The first views of Yosemite Valley to be published in a book”—Currey & Kruska

126. SEYD, Ernest. California and Its Resources. A Work for the Merchant, the Capitalist, and the Emigrant. By Ernest Seyd. London: [J. and W. Rider, Printers, Bartholomew Close, for] Trübner and Co., 60, Paternoster Row, 1858. [4], 168 [2, ad] pp., tinted lithograph frontispiece, 22 views on 17 sheets (lithographed and engraved, some colored or on tinted grounds, 1 folding), 2 folding maps. 8vo, publisher’s original embossed black pebble cloth, spine lettered and decorated in gilt, upper cover with gilt lettering and California $50 gold slug on cover. Binding lightly rubbed, corners bumped, front pastedown lightly abraded in narrow band across top, mild to moderate foxing at front (affecting only a few leaves and frontispiece), but generally the text is very clean and the plates fresh and bright with excellent coloring. Front free endpaper with blindstamps of booksellers Hudson & Son in Birmingham and Bookseller Birmingham in Plymouth. Difficult to find complete and in collector’s condition. California Thespian Jean Hersholt’s copy with gilt bookplate on front pastedown (Talbot, Historic California in Bookplates, pp. 230-31, illustrated). Preserved in half red calf and maroon cloth slipcase with matching chemise.

Maps

California [inset at upper right, untitled map of the Transmississippi West]. Folding lithograph map. 37 x 30.4 cm; 14-1/2 x 12 inches.

Untitled map of the world showing overland and sea routes to California, with text at lower left commencing: The waggon road now being constructed from the Mississippi to California will have military Stations every 15 miles.... Table at bottom center: Duration Routes to California. Folding lithograph map. 31.1 x 46.6 cm (12-1/4 x 18-1/4 inches). Not in Wheat.

Plates

The Yo-Hamite Falls the highest Waterfall in the world, First leap 2100 feet, total height’ 3100 feet. [below border at left]: Edward Lewis & G. Bohm, 18 Coleman St. Tinted lithograph plate in sepia and lilac.

Cavalry Church, San Francisco. Engraved plate.

Exhibition of Californian Industry, San Francisco [with]: San Francisco College [in image at lower left]: E. V. Campbell sc. 2 wood-engraved scenes on one plate.

St. Mary’s Church, San Francisco [in image at lower left]: E. V. Campbell. Wood-engraved plate.

A “Ditch” for the Conveyance of Water to the Dry Diggings. Edward Lewis & G. Böhm, 18, Coleman St. London. Tinted lithograph plate in sepia and lilac.

Suspension Flume across Brandy-Gulch [in image, at lower right]: RCH [with]: Mining by Hydraulic Power [below title]: Edward Lewis & G. Bohm, 18, Coleman St. London. 2 scenes on tinted lithograph plate in sepia and lilac.

Breaking Gold Quartz from the Vein. Engraved plate.

Interior of a Quartz Mill, in Grass Valley. Wood-engraved plate with 2 scenes.

The City of San Francisco in 1857. [below line border]: Russia hill North-Beach Telegraph-hill Rincon-point Happy-point Mission-road [between image and line border at left]: Edw. Lewis & G. Böhm, 18, Coleman St. E.C. Steel-engraved foldout panorama printed in blue.

Merchant’s Exchange, San Francisco [in image at lower left]: E. V. Campbell [with]: Custom-House. San Francisco. Wood-engraved plate with 2 scenes.

Montgomery Block, San Francisco [in image at lower left]: E. V. Campbell [with]: U. S. Marine Hospital, San Francisco. Wood-engraved plate with 2 scenes.

View on Clear Lake. [below border at left]: Edward Lewis & G. Bohm, 18 Coleman St. Tinted lithograph plate in lilac and maize.

The Yo-Hamite Valley. Height of perpendicular rocks from 3 to 4000 feet. [below border at left]: Edward Lewis & G. Bohm, 18 Coleman S. Tinted lithograph plate in lilac and sepia.

The “Mother of the forest” The bark removed up to the height of 116 feet is on exhibition at the Crystal Palace. Lithograph plate.

“The Father of the Forest” Fallen, Measuring Forty feet in diameter at the base Supposed height when standing over 500 feet. Lithograph plate.

Farming Scene in Napa Valley [below border at left]: Edward Lewis & G. Bohm, 18 Coleman St. London. Tinted lithograph plate in lilac, maize, and sepia.

California River Steamer [below border at left]: Edward Lewis & G. Böhm, 18 Coleman St. London. Tinted lithograph plate in lilac and sepia.

California Steamer-Ship on the Pacific Ocean—Sun Set [below border at left]: Edward Lewis & G. Böhm, 18 Coleman St. London. Tinted lithograph plate in lilac and orange.

     First edition. Anderson 540 (stating only a few copies contained the gold slug). Bradford 4909. Cowan I, p. 210. Cowan, II, p. 577. Currey & Kruska, Yosemite, 296: “The two Yosemite views...were derived from sketches made by Thomas A. Ayres in 1855.... These illustrations appear to be the first views of Yosemite Valley to be published in a book.” Greenwood, p. 493 (listed in copyright section at end). Howell, California 50:832: “One of the best books on the resources of California, with much historical material on the Vigilance Committee.” Howes S310. Norris 3573. Peters, California on Stone, pp. 45-46 & 158. Rocq 17136. Sabin 79633. Wheat, Books of the California Gold Rush 181: “Reports on mining and kindred pursuits for prospective immigrants, with illustrations of much Gold Rush significance.” ($1,500-3,000)

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