Oakland: Thompson & West, 1880. 294pp. plus two colored maps (one folding) and 216 lithographic plates (several with more than one illustration, eight of them double- page). Oblong quarto. Original half sheep and cloth, stamped in gilt and blind, spine stamped in gilt. Spine and hinges rubbed and scuffed, boards moderately worn at edges. Long closed tear in folding map and one text leaf, else internally very clean and fresh and in near pristine condition. Item #WRCAM38805
A magnificently illustrated comprehensive history and description of Sacramento. While the text provides a history of the city from its settlement to the date of publication, the illustrations provide excellent views of numerous key buildings. Included are the state capitol, courthouses, the Sacramento Brewery, the Arcade Hotel, the offices of the Sacramento Bee and other newspapers, the Sacramento Seminary, cattle ranches, farms, lumber yards, merchants, mills, Breuner's furniture shop, the county hospital, and much more. Homes of several prominent citizens are shown, including Mrs. E.B. Crocker's mansion (her main residence as well as a smaller - yet still grand - home a block away), the opulent home of Albert Gallatin, and the ranch of cattle baron Frederick Cox. Scores of more modest homes in the city and country are shown as well, including the residences of several farmers and ranchers in what was once open countryside but is now part of Sacramento's suburban sprawl. One map is of California and surrounding states, while the folding map shows Sacramento County. An exhaustive effort, designed to attract additional residents and businesses to California's booming capital, and providing an unequalled visual record of Sacramento in the late 19th century. COWAN, p.548. HOWES S9, "b." ROCQ 6512. NORRIS CATALOGUE 3351.