Nevada, Ca. Printed at the Daily Gazette Book and Job Office, 1867. vi,,424pp. With the advertisement leaf, not found in all copies, inserted between pp.184 and 185. This copy does not contain the small advertisement after p. vi, which, according to Quebedeaux, does not appear in all copies. Contemporary printed paper boards, calf backstrip, spine gilt; rebacked, with most of the original backstrip laid down. Boards rubbed and soiled, worn at corners and edges. Contemporary bookplate on front pastedown of William Montgomery; printed label on rear pastedown ("John Howell / Importer/ San Francisco") and pencil notes in the hand of Warren Howell. Quite clean and neat internally. A very good copy. Item #WRCAM46961
The first Nevada County directory, the first history of the county as a whole, and the first book printed in Nevada County. Bean's history and directory is quite scarce and contains a great wealth of early material on this vitally important mining region. Bean, who was Nevada County assessor and editor of the DAILY GAZETTE, provides a complete history of the county, along with sketches of the various towns and mining camps, names and occupations of residents, and statistics on mining and other resources. A substantial essay is given over to mining gold from quartz deposits, which, as the author notes, has been the subject of numerous false starts. Besides the general history of Nevada County, there are also descriptions and directories of Nevada City, Grass Valley, Meadow Lake, Bridgeport, Rough and Ready, Little York, Washington, Bloomfield, and Eureka, as well as descriptions of the mines of Nevada City and Grass Valley, and a number of advertisements for local businesses. "[Bean's] history and directory is, by far, the best-known of all California directories. One of the great 'standard' county histories, it is, in the minds of many collectors, dealers, historians and libraries, one of the most valuable - content wise - of all directories published in the United States. Though very scarce, it is also perhaps the most obtainable of California directories, probably because its worth was recognized from the beginning, resulting in the fact that copies were preserved in quantities greater than those of other directories" - Quebedeaux. "Notable compendium of early source material" - Wheat. QUEBEDEAUX 36. COWAN, p.170. HOWES B278, "b." ROCQ 5956. WHEAT GOLD RUSH 13. STREETER SALE 2913. GRAFF 219. HOWELL 50:420. NORRIS CATALOGUE 2833. PLATH SALE 130.