[San Francisco]: Printed by Wm. C. Brown, 1889. ,54,pp. including one chromolithographic advertisement, plus three colored folding maps and four photographic plates of ships. Original brown cloth, gilt title on front board within gilt border. Minor wear and soiling, corners lightly bumped and worn, front hinge a bit weak. Small ink stamp on blank facing first text leaf. Clean, closed five-inch tear to map of San Diego Bay. Item #WRCAM54905
The second edition, greatly enlarged and improved over an edition published in 1886. This scarce guide to West Coast ports was produced by J.D. Spreckels & Bros., a major firm of commercial merchants and shippers on the Pacific Coast. Judging from the elaborate binding and production, it was likely issued in a small edition for presentation to current and potential clients. The text gives much useful information on the ports of San Francisco, San Diego, Portland, Puget Sound, Vancouver Island, and Honolulu, including customs house rules, rates for towing, dockage, pilotage, and stevedores, as well as the qualities of the ports and cities, and other services provided.
There are three attractive, folding colored maps which illustrate San Francisco Harbor, the piers of the city of San Francisco, and San Diego Bay, respectively. The photographic plates show ships operated by Spreckels' firms. One of the ads at the rear is an attractive chromolithographic notice for the Oceanic Steamship Company founded by John D. Spreckels, which made runs from San Francisco to Hawaii, New Zealand, and Australia.
The present copy has a small ink stamp on a front blank reading: "Barque Ingrid, Captain Albert Andersen." The barque Ingrid was a Norwegian cargo ship active in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Little is known of the ship's captain, Albert Andersen, unless this is the same Albert Andersen noted as a Norwegian steamship engineer in early April 1912, when he boarded as a 3rd Class passenger on the ill-fated Titanic. He died in the famous shipwreck, and was buried in Nova Scotia after his body was recovered by the Mackay Bennett.
John D. Spreckels was prominent in San Diego affairs, helping to develop Coronado Island as well as the city's railroad and ports. The Spreckels family were also well-known philanthropists, but perhaps best-known in California as manufacturers of sugar from beets, and whose factories had the unfortunate side effect of imparting unpleasant odors upon many a small town.
The Spreckels company issued a similarly titled work in 1886, covering only San Francisco, with twenty pages of text and a map. Not in Cowan or Forbes. ROCQ 12268. OCLC 25581519.