1866 Annotated Catalogue of the Principal Mineral Species Hitherto Recognized in California, and the Adjoining States and Territories; Being a Report to the California State Board of Agriculture by William P. Blake. Sacramento: Printed for the author, 1866. 6.25" x 9.5". Thirty-one pages, printed wraps. Few copies of this fragile early report on the mineral bounty of California have survived. Its author, a geologist of the California State Board of Agriculture and professor at the College of California, has listed the many minerals thus found in California alphabetically with brief descriptions. This may be the author's own copy as there is an ink stamp "W. P. Blake,/ New Haven, Conn." (Blake was a Yale professor later in his career) on the front cover, as well as an inked note "My Copy with notes/ save". Indeed there are a few penciled notes throughout which may be the author's. The paper along the edges has become a bit brittle, otherwise this scarce report is sound and in very good condition.

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