An Interesting Americana Auction PBA Sale #264: Held May 29th
Author: Hutchings, J.M.
Title: In the Heart of the Sierras: The Yo Semite Valley, both Historical and Descriptive and Scenes by the Way. Big Tree Groves. The High Sierra with its Magnificent Scenery, Ancient and Modern Glaciers, and other Objects of Interest; with Tables of Distances and Altitudes, Maps, etc.
Place: Yo Semite Valley
Publisher: Published at the Old Cabin
Item # : 130690 – Lot 137
Description: , xii, 13-496 pp. Illustrated with a frontispiece photo-type by Britton & Rey (The Yosemite Valley); a wood-engraved portait of the author; 24 photo-typo plates by Britton & Rey; 1 red plate wood-engraved plate of a snow plant; 3 wood-engraved plates; 3 maps (1 folding); numerous wood engravings in the text. 9¼x6½, original full turkey morocco stamped in blind, lettered in gilt, gilt inner dentelles, floral endpapers, all edges gilt. First Edition, Second Issue, publisher's deluxe binding.
Presentation copy inscribed by Hutchings at the top of the title-page, "The Right Rev. Bishop Kip. With the warm esteem of the Author." William Ingraham Kip was the first Episcopal Bishop of California. Second issue with photo-typo by Britton & Rey showing a woman seated behind the horse and a cabin with a lean-to; portrait of Hutchings is engraved in wood, etc. Hutchings, a pioneer of the tourist industry in Yosemite and one of the first to visit there in winter, was Guardian to the Valley & the Mariposa Big Tree Grove between 1880 and 1884. According to Farquhar, In the Heart of the Sierras was Hutchings' crown publishing achievement and "...contains a great deal more...than an account of Hutchings' personal experiences; it covers more fully than any other work of its day every aspect of Yosemite Valley and the Big Trees that could by considered of general interest to visitors." Cowan p.299; Currey & Kruska 175; Farquhar 18b. Provenance: From the Library of William Augustus Brewer.
Condition:A little rubbing to joints and edges, still very nice, internally fine, in the rare deluxe binding.
Price Realized: (Estimated $1,000-1,500). Actual: $1,092
Author: (Manufactory Scheme - Broadsides)
Title: Collection of 10 original broadsides, etc., relating to the
Item # : 130719 – Lot 212
Description: Includes: [Vans, Hugh]. Some Observations on the Scheme projected for emitting 60000 l. in Bills of a New Tenour, to be redeemed with Silver and Gold. Shewing the various Operations of thses Bills, and their Tendency to hurt the Publick Interest. In a Letter from a Merchant in Boston. Pamphlet. , 25 pp. (lacks half-title). 8¼x5½, unbound, stitched. (Stained, edge worn, hole in last leaf.) Evans 4308; Sabin 98549. Boston: S. Kneeland & T. Green, 1738. * The Manufactory Scheme: In Consequence of the Scheme which is inserted in the Book of Records of the Manufactory Company, proposing a Medium of Trade and Business by a Emission of Notes of Hand, or Bills on Land Security... Broadside. 4 pp., single fold. 12¾x9. (Holes and chips along gutter edge where removed; old ink notation on last page "This was printed on December 5th, 1740." Bristol 40197(3); Ford 726. 1740.