Brown boards with gold vignette and black text on the front cover. Gold text and decorative vignettes on the spine. Covers bright, showing light soilng and rubbing. There is a 0.5 inch scrape on the spine. Spine and hinges firm and straight. All page edges gilt. Slate blue endpapers. 186 pages with four original maps: (1) color frontispiece fold-out map of of the routes from San Francisco to the Yosemite Valley. This map is neatly detached at the first fold and laid in; (2) fold-out map of the Yosemite Valley at page 84 in pristine condition; (3) map of the Hetch-hetchy valley opposite page 153; and (4) a detached, full-sized map of a portion of the Sierra Nevada adjacent to the Yosemite Valley that fits neatly in the back board of the book which is actually a discretely-constructed sleeve. This last map is 21 x 14 and is whole and complete with a few closed tears along the folds. There is a dated (1881) former owner name and address inscription on the ffep. A very nice example af this early Yosemite exploration and travel classic. Size: 16mo - over 5¾" - 6¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory #
Title: The Yosemite Guide-Book: A Description of ...
Publisher: Authority of the Legislature
Publication Date: 1874
Book Condition: Good+
Book Description Authority of the Legislature, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1870. Cloth. Condition: Good+. First edition, Second Printing. Green boards with square gold titled vignette on the front cover. Gold text and floral decorations on the spine. The back cover shows a gold vignette of the Geological Survey of California. Covers bright, showing light soilng and rubbing. Spine and hinges firm and straight. Light chipping at the upper spine tip. White endpapers. 155 pages. Pages unmarked except for a notation under the date on the title page, and a stamped "Oakland Art Museum" on the reverse of the title page. 20 woodcut illustrations, and 8 plates with vellum sheets. Two folding maps, housed in sleeves built into the front and rear boards. The map in the front sleeve is "Map of the Yosemite Valley from Surveys made by order of the Commissioners to manage the Yosemite Valley and Mariposa Big Tree Grove by C. King and J.T. Gardner 1865."; the map in the rear sleeve is "Map of a portion of the Sierra Nevada adjacent to the Yosemite Valley from surveys made by Chs. F. Hoffmann and J.T. Gardner, 1863-67.". Both maps are whole, but fragile, showing some wear and light soiling, and a few closed tears along the folds. A very presentable example of this seminal work on Yosemite Valley. J.S. (Josiah Dwight) Whitney (1819 - 1896) was the state geologist of California in 1860, and was an early conservation advocate. Mount Whitney, the highest peak in the contiguous United States, was named after him. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. State Government Publication. Seller Inventory # 001450