first edition Hardcover
1873 · Napa City, CA
by Campbell Augustus Menefee (b. 1846)
Napa City, CA: Reporter Publishing House, 1873. First Edition. Hardcover. Very Good. FIRST EDITION. 8vo. 8 1/4 x 5 3/4 inches. 356 pp. Woodcut frontispiece of Sonoma Plaza, 11 woodcut plates (including 8 portraits, one being a lithograph of Gouverneur Morris, US Marshall, 2 called for in the List of Illustrations LACKING [Cox and Hopkins]), 18 other illustrations of various subjects; text clean, unmarked except pencil notations in the margins of the List of Illustrations. Blind-stamped purple cloth is a variant binding, spine titled in black, added mylar jacket; binding square and tight, rubbed, spine ends softened, corners showing and lightly bumped. Bookplate of Charles Atwood Kofoid. Very Good. Menefee's is the earliest published general history of either Napa, Sonoma, Lake, or Mendocino Counties. Menefee remarks "This is the first local work of the kind ever published in California, and the first book that has ever been printed in the State that has been so illustrated, all the engravings of which were made by California artists." Contains biographies of prominent residents, and "represent[s] the beauties and attractions of the part of the State of which this volume treats." Discussion of topography, industries, and history of Napa, Sonoma, Lake, and Mendocino Counties in northern California. Menefee's treatment of the history of Napa County relies on the earlier work R. T. Montgomery and the local history and biography but is published here for the first time. PROVENANCE: Charles Atwood Kofoid (1865-1947) was an American zoologist known for his collection and classification of many new species of marine protozoans which established marine biology on a systematic basis. Books with his bookplate are not uncommon in the market. REFERENCES: Cowan and Cowan, A Bibliography of the History of California, p. 424; Howes, U.S.iana, M516; Rocq, California Local History, No. 5847.
(Inventory #: KNU1218-001)