Lot 79: Whitney's Yosemite Guide Book 1869 with maps

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2015-11-19 15:16:28


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Lot 79: Author: Whitney, Josiah Dwight Title: The Yosemite Guide-Book: A Description of the Yosemite Valley and the Adjacent Region of the Sierra Nevada and of the Big Trees of California Place Published: [Sacramento] Publisher: Published by the Authority of the Legislature Date Published: 1869 Description: 155 pp. Illustrated with 8 wood-engraved plates after photographs by Carleton Watkins, smaller woodcuts in text; 2 folding maps loose in endpaper pockets.(4to) 23x16.5 cm (9x6?"), original gilt-decorated green cloth. First Edition under this title. First reprint edition, without original photographs but with a slightly expanded text, of Whitney's "The Yosemite Book" published in 1868 which included original albumen prints. The maps are: "Map of the Yosemite Valley from surveys made by order of the Commissioners to manage the Yosemite Valley and Mariposa Big Tree Grove by C. King and J.T. Gardiner 1865" (39.5x64 cm) and "Map of a portion of the Sierra Nevada adjacent to the Yosemite Valley ... by Chs. Hoffmann and J.T.Gardiner, 1863-1867. Scale 2 miles to 1 inch" (52.3x75.5 cm). Slight bumps and rubbing to spine ends and corners; spot of glue residue and short tear to front free endpaper; maps with a touch of darkening at folds, short splits at some fold intersections; very good or better, nicer than usually seen. Provenance: Holmes 10/70. PBA Galleries' Rare Cartography, Exploration & Voyages Thursday, 3rd December 2015 Estimate: $600-900
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