Scenes of Wonder and Curiosity in California
San Francisco: Hutchings & Rosenfield, Publishers, (1860). First edition. Black and white engravings. Original cloth over boards. Octavo. 236 pages. Bound in dark green cloth over boards with spine titled in gilt, pale yellow endpapers, and blind-stamped border rules and ornaments to both boards. Shallow chipping at spine ends, minor rubs at extremities. Binding sound, hinges not cracked. Very good+ overall.
An excellent copy of this important California title. Hutchings was one of the primary early promoters of what is now Yosemite National Park, and this book was the first to promote the scenic beauty and natural wonders of California.
The illustrations in the book are very nicely done woodcuts, and include "the mammoth trees of Calaveras; caves and natural bridges; the Yo-Semite Valley; the mammoth trees of Mariposa and Frezno; Mount Shasta; the quicksilver mines of New Almaden and Henriquita; the Farallone Islands; the geyser springs, etc." There are 93 illustrations in all, though only 92 are included in the "List of Illustrations"--the full page view of the City of Stockton on page 33 is not listed.
Front free endpaper bears a neat gift inscription to one Henry A. Barry from Frank W. Gross dated San Francisco, March of 1861.
Ref. FARQUHAR 4a; GREENWOOD 1275.