Rare County History: Tuolumne, California
    with a Woodcut Portrait of Mark Twain

    [Herbert O. Lang, et al., compilers]. A History of Tuolumne County, California. Compiled from the Most Authentic Records. San Francisco: B.F. Alley, 1882. First edition. Octavo. xi [1, blank] 509 [1, blank] 48 [Appendix] pages. Woodcut frontispiece portrait and eleven woodcut portraits throughout. Contemporary full sheep, attractively rebacked, and with a red morocco lettering label stamped in gilt. Boards are mildly worn; corners bumped. Marbled endpapers. Front joint just starting at the bottom, hinges cracked but still sound, previous owner's ink signature on preliminary blank, dampstain to preliminary leaves and most apparent on the frontis portrait (extending all along the gutter margin and two to three inches deep, touching the shoulder on the portrait). Title-page with a slight tear at the bottom gutter margin. Last leaf of the contents with some loss at the bottom and re-inserted on a tab. Previous owner's pencil notes to borders of contents leaves and also to some of the woodblock portraits. Altogether, a very good, handsome copy. "One of the rarest of all California histories....with only a few copies in existence" --Norris. Includes a brief biography and portrait of Mark Twain. County history that includes anecdotes of murder, lynchings, robberies and other crimes; as well as natural disasters and mining accidents.

    Adams, Six-Guns 2248. Howes L71. Cowan (II), p. 646. Norris 3968.

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