New York: A. Roman and Company, 1871. Very Good. Third Edition, 2nd Printing. [8.75x6.5in]; . 5-292 pp.,  advertisements, 104 illustrations included frontispiece of Yo-Semite Valley with tissue guard, two maps of routes to and of the Yo-Semite Valley, and others in text; Original maroon pebbled cloth covers on beveled boards, gilt lettering on front and spine, blind stamped boarders on covers, coated tan end papers, all edges trimmed; Some shelf wear to covers, corners and edges, corners frayed, small tears and rubbing to top and bottom of spine, spine faded with lighter stain spots, rubbing to joints and covers, with spots on back, minor foxing spots in text. [Currey & Kruska 164, Farquhar 4g, Kruska 76i]. Item #13766
James Mason Hutchings (1820-1902) was one of the many Englishmen that came to California in 1849 for the Gold Rush. He made his fortune in mining, published the "Hutchings' California Magazine" (1856-1861) and was one of the early tourist promoters of the wonders of Yosemite Valley, the Big Trees and California. As a businessman, he established a hotel in the valley floor and, after named as a State Park in 1864, he claimed land under preemption laws. He lost his claim and was banished from the Valley in 1875. He settled in San Francisco promoting and operating a tourist agency, printing guidebooks, and leading trips as a Yosemite guide.
The "Scenes of Wonder and Curiosity in California" was first published in 1860 as the "... first book ... on the state's natural attractions and was the first works to describe the big trees and the Yosemite region in detail." (from Currey & Kruska). The text and illustrations were from the articles in the "Hutching's California Magazine". This Third edition expanded the text and illustrations with revised and updated travel information from the previous editions.