Benjamin Franklin Taylor (1819-1887).
Title Between the Gates.
Book Condition Collectible: Good
Edition Twelfth Edition
Publisher Chicago: S. C. Griggs and Company, 1886
Seller ID EE516-131
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.
Benjamin Franklin Taylor, Between the Gates, Yosemite, Railroad, San Fransisco, Chinatown, Mission Dolores, Calistoga, Napa County, Los Angeles