San Francisco: Printed by Monson, Valentine & Co., 1856. xxxix,,140pp., followed by pp. of advertisements. Original half sheep and printed green boards, spine gilt. Boards rubbed, stained, and edgeworn. Bookplate on front free endpaper. A touch of occasional foxing or tanning, but generally quite clean and neat internally. A very good copy. In a cloth chemise and half morocco and cloth slipcase, spine gilt. Item #WRCAM42659
A very nice copy, in original condition, of an early and rare Sacramento directory. This is the fourth and last of Colville's annual Sacramento directories (the first was published in 1853) and only the fifth Sacramento directory overall. Why Colville referred to this 1856 directory as "Volume VI" on the titlepage is unknown. It is the most substantial Sacramento directory to date, and the first to feature biographical sketches of notable residents, as well as descriptions within the directory of certain businesses, fire companies, churches, etc. The directory is prefaced by a lengthy description of the city, its civic structure, public utilities, and private businesses. The front board is taken up by an advertisement for Wells Fargo's banking and express services, and a multitude of ads appear throughout the text. Included are notices for druggists, hotels, theatres, stone cutters, attorneys, machinists, stage and steam companies, bakeries and ice vendors, booksellers, and more. Prominent among the ads is a full-page notice for Stanford Brothers merchants, operated by Leland Stanford, who would become one of the "Big Four" railroad barons, serve as governor of California, and found Stanford University. "Rare" - Quebedeaux. QUEBEDEAUX 49. ROCQ 6522. GREENWOOD 730. GRAFF 843. SPEAR, p.327. COWAN, p.171.