Oakland: Paolo Sioli, 1883. ,272pp. plus forty-nine plates, including illustrated titlepage (fourteen of them affixed to full-sheet sheets, the rest printed on the full-sheet). Quarto. Original half pebbled leather and cloth boards, stamped in gilt and blind, spine gilt, edges marbled. Spine leather rubbed and faded, neatly recased. Two ownership inscription on front flyleaf recto. Occasional small stains and dust soiling, but generally clean internally. Very good. Item #WRCAM51913
The first history of this California county, which contains the site of Sutter's Mill, where James Marshall discovered gold in 1848 sparking the California Gold Rush. The text includes a long history of the county, from the Spanish period through the Mexican-American War and the discovery of gold. The mining industry is thoroughly treated, as are internal improvements, immigration, town histories, criminal activities, Indian troubles, secret societies, and much more. The text also contains biographies of prominent citizens, many of whom are featured in the accompanying plates, as are several prominent homes and farms. Little is known of publisher and compiler Paolo Sioli, who does not appear to have produced any other books. This work is scarce, and is patterned on the better known California county histories published by Thompson & West, and others. Not in Cowan. An important visual and historical record of this county. HOWES E87, "b." ROCQ 1754.