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BENTON, Joseph Augustine (1818-1892). California as she was: as she is: as she is to be. A Discourse Delivered at the First Church of Christ, in Sixth Street, Sacramento City; on the Occasion of the Annual Thanksgiving, November 30, 1850. Sacramento: Placer Times Press, 1850.
BENTON, Joseph Augustine (1818-1892). California as she was: as she is: as she is to be. A Discourse Delivered at the First Church of Christ, in Sixth Street, Sacramento City; on the Occasion of the Annual Thanksgiving, November 30, 1850. Sacramento: Placer Times Press, 1850.

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BENTON, Joseph Augustine (1818-1892). California as she was: as she is: as she is to be. A Discourse Delivered at the First Church of Christ, in Sixth Street, Sacramento City; on the Occasion of the Annual Thanksgiving, November 30, 1850. Sacramento: Placer Times Press, 1850.

8o (238 x 146 mm). Original pinkish printed wrappers (a few small nicks, splitting along central fold); quarter morocco slipcase.

FIRST EDITION OF WHAT IS BELIEVED TO BE THE EARLIEST PAMPHLET PRINTED IN SACRAMENTO. PRESENTATION COPY, inscribed on the front wrapper: "With the Author's regards." "Benton's 'California' is in effect the Wierzbicki of 1850. [F.A. Wierzbicki's California as it is appeared in 1849, printed by Washington Barlett in 1849.] Part One describes the pastoral California that was. Part Two tells of the wild and turbulent days of '49. Part Three envisions the future" (Eberstadt 115:184). The Eberstadt catalogue states that the copy they offered was "one of two located copies of the Second book [the first of an original nature and the first to bear an imprint] printed in Sacramento." RARE: the last copy to appear in American Book Prices Current was sold at Butterfields, 14 February 1985. California Imprints 96; Cowan (1933), p.48; Cowan (1951), p.16.
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