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    [California]. [William Shaler]. Journal of a Voyage Between China and the North-Western Coast of America Made in 1804. Appearing in The American Register..., Part I for 1808. Vol. III. Philadelphia: C. & A. Conrad, 1808. First edition of the "first extensive account of California published in the U. S. by an American visitor..." (Hart, p. 400). Octavo (9 x 6 inches; 229 x 148 mm.). [2, blank], [viii], [176], [281, sic], 583, [1, blank] pages. Journal... appears on pages [137]-175. Contemporary quarter red morocco backstrip over marbled boards, spine ruled and lettered in gilt. Spine toned; tailcap with tears; binding worn, especially at margins and fore-edge; text toned and edgeworn, some pages creased (including two pages in Journal) at corners; a few small holes or chips in text (including one small marginal hole in text at Journal, with no loss); some marginal worm damage to pages 49-97 (not all pages in this group have worm damage due to the varying sizes of the pages). Most pages unopened (all pages in Journal, however, are opened). Page 153 in Journal is mildly chipped at the lower corner, with no loss. Bookplate of New Castle Library Company on front pastedown, with a few inkstamps in text (not in Journal). Very good. Hart, Companion to California, p. 400. Howes S-324.

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