San Francisco: Towne & Bacon, 1863. ,102,,115pp. plus frontispiece map. Later gilt calf, leather label (chipped). Hinges cracked. Leather book label on front pastedown. Leaf detached. Text lightly tanned, with an occasional fox mark, else clean. Good. In a half morocco and cloth clamshell box, leather chipped and worn. Item #WRCAM48098A
The scarce first edition of Dwinelle's essential California work, here with a presentation inscription on the recto of the frontispiece map: "C.V. Gillespie, Esq with complts of John W. Dwinelle." C.V. Gillespie was a land title insurance agent whose business in San Francisco began at the start of the California Gold Rush.
The original wrappers betray the origins of Dwinelle's work as a legal brief for the case of "The City of San Francisco vs. The United States," with John W. Dwinelle being the counsel for the claimant. This extensive brief is also a historical account of the city of San Francisco, and confirmed the city's claim to four leagues of "Pueblo Lands," as defined by the Land Commission Act. Dwinelle's history is a great storehouse of information on the beginnings of San Francisco, with printings of a large number of documents which are now either inaccessible or destroyed. The frontispiece map depicts "The Peninsula of San Francisco." The Streeter copy of the first edition, also in original printed wrappers and with a presentation inscription from Dwinelle to John Hittell, brought $300. This is the Estelle Doheny copy, with her bookplate. HOWES D614, "b." ZAMORANO 80, 32. COWAN, p.189. HOWELL 50:782. SABIN 21573 (only 3rd and 4th eds). STREETER SALE 2879. HOLLIDAY SALE 331. NORRIS CATALOGUE 1023.