New York & San Francisco: D. Appleton & Company, 1855. 824pp., including in-text illustrations and a single-page map, plus folding map and six plates (including frontispiece). Thick octavo. Contemporary morocco boards, stamped in blind and gilt, expertly and unobtrusively rebacked in matching black morocco, retaining original gilt lettering piece, raised bands, a.e.g. Corners expertly restored, bookplate on front pastedown. Very light wear to boards. Two-inch closed tear in edge of folding map where bound in. A handsome copy. "The most important contemporary work on San Francisco.a classic" - Wheat. Historian Richard Dillon, in his foreword to the 1999 Berkeley Hills Press edition of the book, calls THE ANNALS OF SAN FRANCISCO "not only the best single book ever written on the City.but has also proved itself to be the most influential book ever set in type to concern itself with San Francisco." The text is largely based on newspaper reports (Soule and Nisbet were journalists), on information from pioneer citizens, and on the authors' personal knowledge. The third author, John Gihon, was a medical doctor with an interest in history. Gary Kurutz notes that not only is THE ANNALS an outstanding narrative history of San Francisco, it "also supplies much information on mining and its impact on this instant city." The folding map shows the region explored by the United States and Mexican Boundary Commission, and the single-page map is of San Francisco. The frontispiece shows the view on Montgomery Street northward, and there are portraits of Commodore Stockton, John Geary, and others, as well as a plethora of illustrations, representing one of the finest collections of views of Gold Rush California. ZAMORANO 80, 70. COWAN, p. 601. KURUTZ 594. WHEAT, GOLD RUSH 193. ROCQ 7970. SABIN 87268. HOWES S769, "aa." GRAFF 3901. BARRETT 2301. HOWELL 50:791. NORRIS CATALOGUE 3458. Bookseller Inventory #
Title: THE ANNALS OF SAN FRANCISCO; CONTAINING A ...
Binding: Full leather
Book Condition: Fine
Book Description Lewis Osborne, Publisher (D. Appleton & Company), Palo Alto, CA (New York / San Francisco / London), 1855.  pp. B/w intratextual illustrations. 7-3/4" x 5" Prospectus, only 6 pp of excerpt. Light wear to wrappers. A VG+ example. White printed paper wrappers, stapled Modern reprint of the original prospectus. Seller Inventory # 41325