California- The Series.
Los Angeles. Powell Publishing Co. 1928. The Edition De Luxe, limited to 387 numbered copies of which this is number 261. Illustrated throughout with brilliant woodcut engravings. 9 volumes complete. Small 4to (7" x 10.5"). Lavishly bound in full brown grain morocco. Gilt tooled borders and pictorial vignettes to front and rear covers. Gilt tooled spine compartments with tooled vignettes. Gilt tooled raised bands. Gilt titled morocco labels. Gilt tooled inner dentelles. Marbled endsheets. t.e.g.
This set is comprised of:
Volume 1- Pathfinders by Robert Glass Cleland. This volume signed in ink by two survivors of the original Donner Party.
Volume 2- Spanish Arcadia by Nelly Van de Grift Sanchez. This volume signed in ink by Juan J. de la Guera, prominent member of one of the oldest Spanish families in California.
Volume 3- The Great Trek by Owen Cochran Coy. This volume signed in ink by six Covered Wagon Babies (individuals who made the great trek to California by covered wagon).
Volume 4- Gold Days by Owen Cochran Coy. This volume signed in ink by five original "49ers". Further signed in ink by eight " Covered Wagon Babies" born on the Overland Trail 1848-1860.
Volume 5- Songs and Stories Selected and Annotated by Edwin Markham. This volume signed in ink by William R. Gillis, best friend and companion of Mark Twain during his days at Angels Camp and known as the Sage of Jackass Hill. Further signed in ink by four "Covered Wagon Babies" born on the Overland Trail.
Volume 6- Oxcart to Airplane by Rockwell D. Hunt. This volume signed in ink by stagecoach driver Sam Jobe; locomotive engineer Charles C. Trott; Pony Expess rider William Campbell (who carried to California, Lincolns first message to Congress- and associate of Buffalo Bill Cody and Wild Bill Hickock); and I.N. Hibberd- Clipper Ship Captain holding the roundtrip record for sailings from San Francisco to Liverpool.
Volume 7- March of Industry by Robert Glass Cleland. This copy signed ink ink by renowned water engineer George Chaffey who was responsible for bringing the water of the Colorado River to the Imperial Valley, thus transforming a barron desert into the most agriculturally productive region in America. further signed by seven Covered Wagon Babies" born on the Overland Trail.
Volume 8- Land of Homes by Frank J. Taylor. This volume signed in ink by eight "Covered Wagon Babies" born on the Overland Trail.
Volume 9- Outdoor Heritage by Harold Child Bryant. This volume signed in ink by twelve "Covered Wagon Babies" born on the Overland Trail, including Sierra Nevada Smith.
Some spine labels mildly sunned, else a Very Fine, immaculate set. Very rare in this pristine condition.Featured Sets.