1873. San Francisco: A.L. Bancroft, 1873.
8vo, 296 pp. Publisher's green cloth, stamped in blind, lettered in gilt, brown coated endpapers. Cloth a little worn, faint staining of the outer margin throughout. A very good, sound copy.
§ First edition of this engaging account of the early days of San Francisco written by the owners of a famous city saloon on the corner of Washington and Kearny Street (eight blocks north of this bookshop). "Theodore Augustus Barry (1825-1881) and Benjamin Ada Patten (1825-1877) established their credentials as California pioneers by arriving in their adopted state before January 1, 1850. Men and memories of San Francisco (1873) gives later arrivals a detailed picture of the city as it existed a few months before California statehood. They describe the streets and the residences and business that lined each thoroughfare and alley as well as the men and women who owned those homes, boarding-houses, hotels, restaurants, saloons, stores, offices, and shops. They also chronicle the fire of May 1851 which destroyed so many of the structures they describe. While they focus on the city as it was in early 1850, their sketches of its residents extend further, often forming capsule biographies of their subjects." (Library of Congress). Kurutz, The California Gold Rush, 38a. Howes B 193. Graff 197. Item #106125