Lot 39: Presentation copy of Bennell's Yosemite

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Lot 39: Author: Bunnell, Lafayette Houghton; Title: The Discovery of the Yosemite and the Indian War of 1851, Which Led to that Event; Place Published: Chicago; Publisher: Fleming H. Revell; Date Published: [c. 1885]; Description: 349 pp. 7 plates, 13 illustrations in text, 1 map. (8vo) original brown cloth titled in gilt. Third Edition.Presentation copy, inscribed by the author to the Minnesota Historical Society on front flyleaf, the Society's bookplate (with withdrawn stamp) on the front pastedown endpaper. Mostly a reprint from the stereotype plates prepared for the 1880 edition with minor changes in introduction and text expanded following page 317 to include information on glaciers and the big trees. It is probable that the Walker party saw Yosemite Valley from its rim in 1833, and more than one prospector or hunter (including William Penn Abrams and U.N. Reamer in October 1849) viewed it prior to March 27, 1851 when the Mariposa Battalion pursued Indians into the valley. The narrative of Bunnell and the diaries of Robert Eccleston are the principal sources of information on the Mariposa Indian War, which indirectly brought the valley to the attention of the general public. See Francis P. Farquhar, Yosemite, the Big Trees and the High Sierra: A Selective Bibliography (Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press, 1948), title 15. Condition: Faint shadow from a circular label on spine, front hinge cracked, short tear to free endpaper, bookplate; very good. PBA Galleries' Sale 578: Americana, Travel/Exploration, Cartography, African/Asian Americana and Directories Thursday, 28th January 2016 Estimate: $150-250
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