“An impressive verbal & pictorial description of the logging industry on the northern coast of California”—Kurutz

24 Mounted Albumen Prints of the Redwoods 1884

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91. CHERRY, Edgar & Sons (compilers & publishers), George D. Gray, A.W. Erikson & Albert Kellogg (contributors)]. Redwood and Lumbering in California Forests. With Illustrations. San Francisco: Edgar Cherry & Co., Publishers, 434 California Street [verso of title page: Copyright, 1884 by Edgar Cherry & Co. Bacon & Company, Printers], 1884. [2], [i] ii, [3] 4-107 [1, blank] pp., 24 mounted albumen prints by Augustus William Cherry. 4to (28.5 x 22.5 cm), original red cloth gilt-lettered on upper cover. Rebacked preserving original spine, corners repaired. Housed in modern red cloth protective slip-case with matching chemise. Interior and images very fine. Overall, very good, much better than usually found. As in most copies, a few of the images lack captions. In the 1983 reprint, Peter E. Palmquist, gives an account of its publication and the many variants, noting that no two copies contain the same combination of photographs.

     First edition. Cowan I, p. 186. Cowan II, p. 525. Fritz, California Coast Redwood 1209: “A popular but comprehensive account of logging, transport of logs, and lumbering manufacture as it was practiced at the time. Photographs (tipped in) are numerous and descriptive. Includes a quote from George D. [W.] Gray on lumbering, pp. 57-64, and an “Essay upon Redwood” by A. Kellogg, pp. 77-107.” Howell 50, California 361: “Of the copies known to us, each is unique—the photographs vary in their order and in the views presented.... A rare work, important for the transition in media of book illustration.” Kurutz, California Books Illustrated with Original Photographs 1856-1890 #7: “[An] impressive verbal and pictorial description of the logging industry on the northern coast of California.” Miles & Reese, Creating America 74. Goldschmidt & Naef, The Truthful Lens: A Survey of the Photographically Illustrated Book, 1844-1914 135.

     The caption titles on the mounts are applied with wooden stamps rather than printed. An important work that covers many of the technical, practical, and business matters associated with the logging industry, but nevertheless written for the layman and for those who wish a view book to preserve their memories of the vast California forests, albeit for those who might prefer their trees horizontal rather than vertical. The authors chose to illustrate this work with photographs because of their verisimilitude, which they consider superior to engraved illustrations produced “perhaps by enthused artists” and therefore perforce inaccurate in their portrayals. A volume important in the development of book illustration.

     For more, see the reprint of this work edited Peter E. Palmquist and published by the Book Club of California (1983).


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