“Vade Mecum” for Oakland, Berkeley & Alameda in 1904-1905

Three Folded Maps

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471. [OAKLAND, BERKELEY & ALAMEDA]. WATERMAN, [Edgar R.] (compiler). “Vade Mecum” Manual of Oakland, Berkeley and Alameda with “New Departure[] Street Maps, Rail Maps Up-to-Date Time Tables Road, Rail and Water Distances Official Directory State, County and Municipal also Churches, Schools, Hospitals, Public Buildings.... [Oakland: U.S. Industrial Company], 1904. [1] 2-128, [4] pp, 3 folded maps dated 1905 (Oakland, Alameda, and Berkeley), text illustrations (many photographic). Narrow 8vo (20 x 10.3 cm), original bright blue decorative cloth lettered in gilt on upper cover, original staples on short side. Exceptionally fine, particularly given the fragile format.

     First edition. Rocq 276. On p. 3, the publisher describes the intended publications as “a series of elegant guide books for all American cities” and dedicates the guide “to visitors and residents of Alameda, Berkeley, and Oakland, and to all who wish to make a home where home-making in its highest sense can best be attained.” As stated in the title, this is an all-encompassing guide to the area, with essays on each town, informative data as indicated in the title, numerous ads, and three well-delineated maps. The photographs offer good documentation for the era. Despite what was undoubtedly a large print run, according to OCLC, the book has only five locations (University of Virginia, California State Library, University of California at Berkeley, California Historical Society, and Harvard).


Sold. Hammer: $300.00; Price Realized: $367.50.

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