by [San Francisco Directory]: Langley, Henry G., comp.
San Francisco: Valentine & Co., 1859. xxiv,466pp., including advertisements. Modern half sheep and cloth boards, spine gilt. with original printed covers pasted on. Spine extremities worn. Bookplate on front pastedown. Pp. 372-373 heavily annotated, with an additional manuscript leaf tipped in. Lower half of final two leaves torn away. Tanning at edges, occasional light foxing. Good plus. Second directory of San Francisco issued under the name of the compiler Henry Langley, and ninth substantial directory for the city overall. It contains alphabetical listings of inhabitants and of businesses organized by trade, as well as a street directory and numerous advertisements. Also included is an appendix that prints a copy of an act to consolidate the city government and that provides information on public officials and services. This has copy has two pages enumerating judges, peace officers, and policemen heavily annotated with comments regarding several names listed. The most extensive note is on an additional manuscript leaf tipped in, on which the writer contends one of the men listed as a police officer, John L. Durkee, was not in fact a member of law enforcement at the time of publication. Durkee was, however, a pioneer policeman during the first half of the 1850s, before he resigned in order to join the 1856 Vigilance Committee, where his actions eventually saw him brought up on charges of piracy. GREENWOOD 1148. ROCQ 7988. SPEAR, p.339. (Inventory #: WRCAM52167)
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