3 December 2007
[WHEAT, Marvin T.] CINCINNATUS, Pseud. Travels on the Western Slope of the Mexican Cordillera, in the form of fifty-one letters, descriptive of much of this Portion of the Republic of Mexico... San Francisco: Whitton, Towne & Co., 1857.
12o (188 x 110 mm). Engraved frontispiece and 5 plates. Quarter grey calf gilt, contemporary marbled paper boards, spine gilt-ruled in five compartments, gilt-lettered in two (rebacked, corners scuffed). Provenance: G.A. Shurtleff (inscription dated 1859); St. John's Guild Hall (library stamps on Preface and p.17); W. J. Holliday (bookplate; his sale Parke-Benet New York, 20-22 April 1954, lot 1183).
THE HOLLIDAY COPY OF THE FIRST EDITION OF THE FIRST BOOK PRINTED IN CALIFORNIA RELATING TO ARIZONA. Including H.S.Washburn's (United States Deputy Surveyor) trip from Fort Yuma up the Gila River to Tucson and back by way of Alter and Sonoita in 1856, "travels in the Gadsden Purchase, the Tepic Conspiracy, copper mining, practicability of a railroad, American filibustering expedition, etc." Graff 4618; Howes 313; Wagner-Camp-Becker 294b.
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