San Francisco: John Howell, 1979. Near Fine. First Edition. , bound complete in Five Parts [10.5x7.25in]; Cream buckram cloth covers with dark blue cloth spine, gilt lettering on maroon leather label on spine, original illustrated light brown wrappers of individual catalogues as originally bound; 560 pp., reference list, index and errata. Item #13245
A five part priced Catalog #50 of 1665 items relating to California history from the Spanish Exploration to American Statehood. The books were part of a major Californiana collection of Jennie Crocker Henderson, granddaughter of Charles Crocker, one of the celebrated "Big Four" of early California development.
The Catalogs are a comprehensive listing of California related books, Exploration, Overland Travel, Voyages by Sea, Mexican War, the Gold Rush, San Francisco, the Vigilance Committees, Los Angeles, San Diego, Sacramento, the Outlaws notably Joaquin Murietta, Tiburcio Vasquez, etc., the Missions, the Indians, the Mountain Men, Guide Books, the Donner Party, Mark Twain. They are are divided before 1850 and after with notable subject areas of “Chinese Question, Directories, Early Imprints, Gold Rush, Land Claim, Legislature, Mexican War, Mining, Missions, Pious Fund, Railroads, San Francisco, Vigilance Committee, and Zamorano Imprint. Each item has been fully referenced with relation to the standard Californiana, Americana, and Mexicana bibliographies." .