Pacific Coast Guide with Map of San Francisco by Britton & Rey

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183. HOITT, Ira G. (compiler). Pacific Coast Guide and Programme of the Twentieth National Encampment, Grand Army of the Republic, at San Francisco, August, 1886. Illustrated. Containing Descriptions of the Famous Pleasure Resorts, Routes of Travel, Time Tables, etc., etc. Copyright 1886. Compiled and Published by Ira G. Hoitt. San Francisco: A.J. Leary, Printer and Stationer, 402-408 Sansome Street, 1886. [2, frontispiece with illustration of Hotel del Monte], [1-6], 7-155 [1, ad] pp., numerous text illustrations (ads, portraits, etc), lithograph map (see below). 12mo (16.3 x 12.5 cm), original blue pictorial wrappers with illustration of Ulysses S. Grant on upper wrap. Fragile wraps neatly rebacked retaining portion of original paper spine. Light marginal chipping to right blank margin of first leaf of text. Map professionally backed with archival tissue (a few small voids at folds).


Britton & Rey’s Guide Map of the City of San Francisco. Compiled from the Latest Official Data. Published for Hoitt’s Pacific Coast Guide. 1886. Lithograph map within ornamental border, border to border: 50 x 61.5 cm; overall sheet size: 51.2 x 63 cm. Shows railroads, streetcars, Golden Gate Park, Rancho Laguna de la Merced, San Miguel Rancho, presidio, boundaries, selected buildings outside downtown area, radial distances from city hall, etc.

      First edition. Cowan II, p. 288.Eberstadt 111:94. Rocq 9832. This printed guide covers very well the high spots of California travel and tourism, including routes, transportation, historical blurbs, etc. The wonders of Yosemite are presented at pp. 115-124. The map is one of the series of excellent San Francisco maps put out by the firm of Britton & Rey, creators of so many classic lithographs of California in the Gold Rush. The book and map were expressly published for a reunion of Union Soldiers who fought in the Civil War. Details of the grand event included fireworks, a march through the city, musical presentations, etc. The section at the end on the reunion includes a sentimental poem (“California’s Greeting to the G.A.R. 1886”) by the compiler’s wife, Julia B. Hoitt. Also in the Civil War section is a respectful biography and portrait of Captain and Brevet Lieutenant-Colonel William Renwick Smedberg, who lost his leg at Gettysburg and emigrated to California after the war. At the time of this publication, Smedberg served as Recorder of the Loyal Legion of the United States Commandery of California.


Sold. Hammer: $200.00; Price Realized: $245.00.

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