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Between the Gates., Benjamin Franklin Taylor (1819-1887).
1 Benjamin Franklin Taylor (1819-1887). Between the Gates.
Chicago: S. C. Griggs and Company, 1886 Twelfth Edition Hardcover Collectible: Good Hardcover 
TWELFTH EDITION, first edition, 1878. 8vo. 7 5/8 x 5 3/8 inches. [ads ii], 292, [ads, 6] pp. Frontispiece, illustrated throughout with woodcut figures and tailpieces; text unmarked, occasional foxing and soiling. Gilt- and blind-stamped brown cloth, spine titled in gilt, black end-papers; bindings square and tight, rubbed, inner hinges cracked. Two bits of Benj. F. Taylor ephemera included with this book. First, a broadsheet prospectus announcing the publication of "Between the Gates" and on the verso the announcement of Wm. Mathews, "Oratory and Orators." Second, an envelope is tipped in at the verso of the front-free end-paper which holds an autograph letter SIGNED by Benjamin Franklin Taylor on "Daily Evening Journal Office" letterhead (a bifold of laid paper, subsequently folded twice to fit the envelope) dated September 20th, 1858 and addressed to George D. Prentice Esq. (1 1/2 pages of handwriting), discussing a possible lecture tour. Pencil ownership signature on front fly leaf. Good. Benjamin Franklin Taylor was a renowned Chicago newspaper correspondent during the Civil War. After the war, he became a freelance writer and wrote a number of books about travel to California. In this volume, Taylor takes the reader with him on a train trip from Chicago to California in 1878, and offers lively accounts of San Francisco street scenes, Chinatown, Mission Dolores, the Calistoga geysers in Napa County, Los Angeles, and Yosemite. 
Price: 45.00 USD
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Over the Purple Hills, or Sketches of Travel in California, Embracing all the Important Points Usually Visited by Tourists., Caroline M. Churchill (1833-1926).
2 Caroline M. Churchill (1833-1926). Over the Purple Hills, or Sketches of Travel in California, Embracing all the Important Points Usually Visited by Tourists.
Denver, CO: Mrs. C. M. Churchill, Publisher, 1884 Later Edition Hardcover Collectible: Good Hardcover 
LATER EDITION, first edition 1881. 12mo. 6 3/8 x 4 3/4 inches. 336 pp. Frontispiece portrait of Mrs. Churchill, chapter head-pieces and tail-pieces; text clean, unmarked. Black and blind-stamped brown cloth; binding square and tight, rubbed and freckled. Good. Caroline Churchill first traveled to California from Chicago in 1870. "Over the Purple Hills" continues her tales of California begun in her book "Little Sheaves" (1874). Churchill reveals a sharp eye for matters of interest to women and tourists. Traveling throughout the Golden State by rail, the author visits San Francisco, Bartlett's Springs, Stockton, Napa, Lake Tahoe, and includes 6 chapters on the Yosemite Valley. In addition to her work as a travel writer, the Canadian-born Churchill was a newspaper editor, best-known as the editor of the "Queen Bee," a feminist publication prominent during the Colorado Suffrage Movement. Her travel writings promoted female independence in the post Civil War West. REFERENCE: Cowan and Cowan, A Bibliography of the History of California, p. 124 (this edition). 
Price: 50.00 USD
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Discovery of the Yosemite, and The Indian War of 1851, Which Led to that Event., Lafayette Houghton Bunnell (1824-1903).
3 Lafayette Houghton Bunnell (1824-1903). Discovery of the Yosemite, and The Indian War of 1851, Which Led to that Event.
Los Angeles, CA: G. W. Gerlicher, 1911 Fourth Edition Hardcover Collectible: Very Good Hardcover 
FOURTH EDITION, reprinted from the third edition with new map and illustrations. 8vo. 7 7/8 x 5 1/2 inches. xii, 355, [1 blank] pp. Frontispiece portrait of the author, folding map of Yosemite Valley, California, 32 plates from black-and-white photographs; text unmarked, margins foxed as are the end-papers. Gilt- and blind-stamped maroon cloth, patterned end-papers; binding square and tight, lightly rubbed. Bookplate of Henri Albert van Coenen Torchiana designed by H. M. French, 1929, on front paste-down. Ink ownership inscription "Villa Fair View, Santa Cruz, March, 1937" on front free end-paper. Very Good. Lafayette Bunnell was an American physician, author, and explorer. He is most well known for his involvement with the Mariposa Battalion, the first non-Indians to enter Yosemite Valley. Bunnell led the battalion members in a vote to name the valley, and is often credited as the person who named Yosemite. PROVENANCE: Henry Albert van Coenen Torchiana (1867-1940) was a native of Java, Dutch East Indies who came to the United States in 1890, became a naturalized citizen in 1895, and was admitted to the California bar in 1900. His summer home, Villa Fair View was located in Santa Cruz, where he entertained the California historical Society. Paul Elder and Company published his book, Story of Santa Cruz Mission, in 1933. REFERENCE: Cowan and Cowan, A Bibliography of the History of California, p. 83. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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