SIXTY YEARS IN CALIFORNIA: A History of Events and Life in California; Personal, Political and Military, Under the Mexican Regime; During the Quasi-Military Government of the Territory by the United States, and After the Admission of the State into the Union, Being a Compilation by a Witness of the Events Described.
San Francisco: A.J. Leary, Publisher, 1889. First Edition. Hardcover. With a personal check, dated May 4, 1853 and signed by the author, laid in. William Heath Davis (1822-1909), the noted California pioneer and merchant, wrote the most extensive memoir of California for the time period it covers. If Harris Newmark's recollection could be acclaimed as the "Pepys Diary of Los Angeles," Davis's highly detailed recollection could rightly claim that appellation for the entire state. The text is indispensable for its account of pre-Gold Rush Alta California, providing a wealth of detail on its pastoral days. Octavo: xxii, 639 p. The original pebbled purple cloth binding has been expertly recased, with the original spine laid down and the original endpapers intact. Some shallow loss to the top corner of the prefatory blank leaf. Mild dust staining to the top edge. The boards are moderately sunned along the spine; otherwise very good. Zamorano Eighty 27. Very Good. Item #75492