Oakland: Thompson & West, 1880. 234pp., including colored "Map of California, Nevada, Utah, and Arizona" plus eighty-three full-page or double- page lithographs (the first included as part of the pagination). Oblong quarto. Original half sheep and green cloth, stamped in blind and gilt, spine gilt. Hinges reinforced, corners neatly repaired, front and rear end leaves with some neat tissue repairs at the edges. Titlepage and two contents leaves with a mended vertical tear, not affecting text. Final text leaf with a small tear in the outer margin, not affecting text. Very good. Item #WRCAM55696
A magnificent illustrated history of Nevada County, California. The wonderful lithographs ably show how in just thirty years the area that had been a rough and tumble center of gold rush activity was transformed into a lovely group of communities in the Sierra Nevada foothills. The illustrations show private residences with neatly tended yards and gardens, courthouses and other public buildings, hotels, newspaper offices, mining companies, banks, foundries, factories, general stores, breweries, jewelers, druggists, lumber yards, liveries, mines, and much more. Two of the lithographs relate to the Donner Party disaster which occurred nearby, and other plates give historic representations of the area. One interesting plate shows Louis Siebert's Vineyard & Soda Works, while the double-page illustrations include views of the Providence Gold & Silver Mining Company; the Idaho Quartz Mine; St. Patrick's Church & Mt. Saint Mary's Convent in Grass Valley; and Bird's Eye Canyon. Most of the illustrations are of locations in the largest cities in the county - Nevada City and Grass Valley - though the smaller towns of Truckee, You Bet, Rough & Ready, North San Juan, Sweetland, Cherokee, and Lake City are also represented. The text includes a long and detailed history of the county, with information on gold mining, the Donner Party, biographical information on John Sutter and other leading men of the area, etc. These atlases are often found in very rough condition, usually lacking plates. The present copy is complete and in very good condition, and provides an important visual and historical record of growth and community building in rural northern California in the late 19th century. Scarce and very desirable. COWAN, p. 452. HOWES N60, "b." ROCQ 5957. NORRIS CATALOGUE 2834 ("very rare").