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AUCTION 20

6. BELL & HEYMANS (publishers). Sonoma County and Russian River Valley Illustrated. Published by Bell & Heymans San Francisco, Cal Copyrighted Lith. Britton & Rey S.F. [cover title]. [San Francisco, 1888]. 86, i-ix [1] pp., printed in two columns, numerous text lithographs (many after photographs) by Britton & Rey (scenes, views, panoramas, portraits, architecture, vineyards, orchards, etc.). Folio, original light green pictorial wrappers. Laid in is supplement, large folding lithograph sheet (53 x 71 cm) with map on one side (Map of Sonoma County, Cala. Showing Boundary Lines of County and Townships Railroads and Public Roads Cities Towns &c. &c. Published by Bell and Heymans, 434 California St. San Francisco Copyrighted, May 1888 Cal Label & MacCabe Lith Co. S.F.) and colored illustrations and map of Verano on other side (Hooker Falls, orange and olive grove, General Vallejo’s home, Sonoma Creek, Verano Park). Covers and edges of book moderately foxed with light marginal chipping, text with scattered mild foxing. Map fine.

     First edition. Rocq 14850. This beautifully illustrated promotional showcases the firm of Britton & Rey in their prime, and the accompanying map sheet with color illustrations is rare. Although more commercial than the Thompson & West local histories, this work has the same type of wonderful documentation with the added cache of ads that enhance the historical value. Following a history of Sonoma County and Russian River Valley are essays on industries, agriculture, orchards, viticulture, stock raising, lumber, minerals, natural wonders, business opportunities, social life, etc. This promotional was aimed at eastern investors. ($500-1,000)

Sold. Hammer: $1,200.00; Price Realized: $1,410.00

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