San Francisco: The Grabhorn Press, 1938. Near Fine. First Edition. San Francisco: The Grabhorn Press. limited to 500 [10x6.75in]; , x, 367 pp., Frontispiece color illustration of burning ship, 49 illustrations of ships, persons and facsimile mail envelopes, index; Burnt orange cloth on covers with cream buckram cloth spine, Black and red lettering on paper spine label, map of steamer water and overland routes on endpapers, top edge trimmed and others untrimmed; Minimal shelf wear to covers, edges and corners, upper front corner bumped; [Hill 1897, Wheat Gold Rush Books 232, Grabhorn 293]. Item #12971
Hill comments about the importance of this book on “... the inception and history of the Pacific and Atlantic mail steamers, running from the East coast to California.” From the Forward, “This volume on the ships to California from 1849 to 1869 evolved from a study of the propaganda hand stamps used by the steamship companies on the letters carried by their vessels.”.