39 volumes. 1-5: Native Races of the Pacific Coast; 6-8: Central America; 9-14: Mexico; 15-16: North Mexican States and Texas; 17: Arizona and New Mexico; 18-24: California; 25: Nevada, Colorado, and Wyoming; 26: Utah; 27-28: Northwest Coast; 29-30: Oregon; 31: Washington, Idaho, and Montana; 32: British Columbia; 33: Alaska; 34: California Pastoral; 35: California Inter Pocula; 36-37: Popular Tribunals; 38: Essays and Miscellanies; 39: Literary Industries. 'Bancroft's histories were produced in a literary factory in much the same fashion as Alexander Dumas produced his novels. Being the work of many hands and minds they are spotty in quality. Nevertheless his History of California is the best extant for it contains more material about the state?s past than any other historian has succeeded in amassing. Its faults are obvious, to be sure. It lacks an index; the portions dealing with the gold-rush are exceedingly meager; and Bancroft?s prejudices are apparent in many instances. However, the best evidence of its superiority is the fact that invariably research workers consult it first for information concerning California events.'--Zamorano 80, no. 3. One of the foundation works of any library on Western US history. 'As time passes and prejudice drifts into obscurity, these works become more strongly intrenched each year. For scholars and investigators, they will always remain the greatest source of authority'--Cowan and Cowan, Bibliography of the History of California, p. 33. A very nice set, in the original tan calf bindings, with morocco labels. Minor wear and tear to spine ends; previous owner's name stamp on endpaper and title page of each volume. Overall, a very pleasant set. Bookseller Inventory #
Title: The Works of Hubert Howe Bancroft (39 volume...
Publisher: A. L. Bancroft and Company and the History Company 1882-1891
Publication Date: 1882
Book Condition: Very Good
Book Description The History Company Publishers, 1887. Hardcover. Book Condition: Good. First Edition. Complete in 2 Volumes. Both bound in matching original full calf with gilt ruling, titles on black lables on spines; marbled page edges. - Both volumes have been plaved into removable, clear glassine jackets. some wear and rubbing to edges of covers. hinges are quite weak and exposed; joints are cracked, or starting to. However, all pages remain well bound. - former owner's bookplate on front pastedowns; some toning to end papers. Otherwise, clean and unmarked. Pages: xiii, 749: viii, 772 pp. - Fold out map of San Francisco in Vol. 1. A Good, Clean Set. Bookseller Inventory # mon0001208279
Book Description The History Company Publishers, 1886. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Two volume set! Quarter-bound in red leather with gilt lettering and raised bands on spine. Beautiful marbled boards. Gilt top edge. Some rubbing along edges of boards and hinges of spine, moreso on volume II. Otherwise in very good condition. Pages are very clean, NO foxing! Textblocks firmly attached to spines. Bookseller Inventory # mon0001544383
Book Description A. L. Bancroft & Company and the History Company, San Francisco, 1883. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. The Works of Hubert Howe Bancroft, 1883-1890. Complete in thirty-nine volumes. This set has recently been professionally rebound in full brown cloth with gilt titling to spines, red ribbon markers bound in, new white endpapers. Bindings are fresh, tight and fine. Contents of all volumes are very good with mildly tanned pages showing light use, tears to several pages, overall remarkably clean and bright. A landmark work and a cornerstone of Western Americana. Howes B91. Smith 522. Very head set: NO international or priority orders. Size: 8vo - 8" - 9" Tall. Bookseller Inventory # 050660