Item #74318 CHARLES ADELBERT CANFIELD. Caspar Whitney.


New York: Privately Printed, 1930. First Edition. Hardcover. Limited to 175 copies printed by The Merrymount Press and bound in boards, out of a total printing of only 200. Biography of Charles Adelbert Canfield (1848-1913), written by his son-in-law. An illuminating portrait of a man and an era, with a wealth of information about the mining and petroleum industries, and Los Angeles at the turn of the century. Canfield was a miner in Colorado, Nevada, and Utah, whose Comstock Lode fortune was lost in the Southern California real estate bust of the late 1880s. In 1892, he partnered with Edward Doheny to sink the first well on the Pacific Coast at the corner of what is now Lake Shore Avenue and Patton Street, initiating the great oil boom in Los Angeles. Later in life, he helped found the Mexican petroleum industry. Small folio: 218 p. with 14 photogravures. In the original one-quarter brown cloth over blue paper binding, with a gilt-stamped brown morocco spine label. Internally crisp and clean. Some general mottling to the cloth, with prominent loss to the spine label and a bit of wear to the corners and tips. Item #74318

Price: $150.00

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