Chicago: Fleming H Revell, 1880. Very Good. First Edition. 12mo [8x5.5in]; 33 pp., frontispiece illustration of Bunnell, 19 illustrations and Map after page 8; Mauve-brown cloth covers with gilt lettering on front and spine, decorative designs embossed with black ink on front, black double rules on top and bottom of spine, all edges trimmed, dark brown end papers; Some shelf wear on all edges, corners bumped and frayed, top and bottom of spine rubbed and cloth frayed, cover surface minor rubbing, no foxing, gilt lettering bright, hinges with some cracks and loose, front free end paper had small hole torn and other defects in surface coating from excess glue used in paste down of prior owner bookplate, p. 284 shows faint erased pencil marks from apparent disagreement with statements of the author; Book plate of Lee Lawrence Stopple (1888-1960), a Santa Rosa newspaper publisher, E Clampus Vitus founder and well known California and western history book collector. [Cowan64 p.83]. Item #13440
Lafayette Bunnell (1824-1903), an author, explorer, army surgeon and California gold seeker. In 1851, he was part of the Mariposa Battalion that was searching for native-americans that were raiding settlements in the California Central valley and Sierra foothills. The battalion were the first non-indigenous discovers of Yosemite Valley and Bunnell is credited with naming most of the features of Yosemite. This book was written as a personal memoir of the discovery written 29 years later.