Inscribed Copy of Dwinelle's
    Defence of the Pueblo Claim on San Francisco

    John W. Dwinelle. The Colonial History of the City of San Francisco: being a Synthetic Argument in the District Court of the United States for the Northern District of California, for four square Leagues of Land Claimed by that City. San Francisco: Printed by Towne & Bacon, 1863. First edition. Inscribed by the author on map verso: "C.V. Gillespie, Esq/ with complts of/ John W. Dwinelle." Octavo. [iv], 102, (115 "Addenda") pages. Frontispiece map. Rebound in calf with gilt rules on boards, four raised spine bands with original gilt lettered title label and gilt stamping in compartments. Gilt lettered oval leather ex-libris label of "Estelle Doheny" on front pastedown. Housed in quarter morocco book-style clamshell box, five raised bands with gilt lettered title label and gilt stamping. Binding lightly rubbed, stain on lower board, title label with small edge tears coming up from left side. Rear hinge cracked. Endpapers soiled and with bookseller's small pencil notes, front pastedown with small spots of paper loss in lower margin. Map with inscription on verso is detached. Occasional minor spots of foxing. The book box is rubbed and its spine is scored. Overall a very good book. From the collection of California bibliophile Melba Berry Bennett.

    This work by Dwinelle served to defend the legal existence of the Pueblo in San Francisco and their claim on the city.

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