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Scenes of Wonder & Curiosity from Hutchings California Magazine -. Embellished by 300 Engravings
Scenes of Wonder Curiosity from Hutchings California Magazine - Embellished by 300 Engravings Author:R.R. Olmstead California's earliest and best pictorial monthly, Hutchings' California Magazine sought to instruct or divert one of the most high-spirited, receptive, optimistic, and literate audiences that fortune had ever thrown together. In 60 — numbers, totaling 2,880 pages between July, 1856 and June, 1861, James Mason Hutchings offered these readers vivid... more » insights into the institutions, industries, and natural history of the wonderful and curious state in which they had so recently made their homes.
For this volume Roger R. Olmsted has selected the best of Hutchings, with an eye to presenting the modern reader a portrait of the days when California was growing up, when the air was fresh with the joy of new discovery, aglow with the confidence that tomorrow's wonders would bring unalloyed blessings to a deserving and fortunate populace.
To this fortunate populace, HOWELLNORTH BOOKS offers this selection not only as a heady whiff of the spirit of an earlier age, but as a collection of rare and valuable source material.
Accurate, on-the-spot, illustrated coverage of such topics as the Farallone Islands egg industry, mule-packing to the mines, the method of coining gold in the San Francisco mint-or even how to treat the scourge of poison oak-will please the most precise historian and pleasantly satisfy the most casual reader.« less