Highly Important California Photographs

7 [California] Thomas Houseworth & Co. Pacific Coast Scenery. San Francisco: Houseworth Co., 1872. 4to, original green morocco with gilt title and decorations, binding rubbed with some wear, 200 original albumen 3 x 3 photographs tipped onto 25 leaves, each with printedidentification below the photograph. Cardstock leaves curled, margins of most pages showing some rough wear and occasional stains (the last
five leaves have large ink numbers in the margins, but not affecting the photographs), but photographs generally very good or better (the exception are the

four photographs on the recto of leaf 18, which have an ink line drawn through them). Very rare. I actually had this book once before about five years ago. Only three copies of this book are located in institutional collections (UCLA, Huntington & SMU). Sabin 33180 noting an earlier 1868 edition with only 67 photographs, as compared to 200 in this one. Cowan, p. 468. Margolis, To Delight the Eye 12. Palmquist & Kailbourn, Pioneer Photographers, pp. 304-307 (for an extensive write-up on Houseworth). The views include the mines, hydraulic works, some views of San Francisco, port scenes, and extensive views of Yosemite Park. If valued individually by stereo card, the price would be nearly double. Despite the fact I have had this album once before, it is extraordinarily rare.

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