Author: John S. Hittell
Publisher: The Bancroft Company
Place of Publication: San Francisco
Year Published: 1888
Extremely rare (we were only able to find a handful known, most of which are in University Libraries) copy of the 1888 guidebook written by John S. Hittell, who worked as a miner in his early life and wrote books on mining. Written well before the great earthquake and fire of 1906, it documents the sights and destinations of the day, including Chinatown, the Cliff House, San Francisco by Night, Golden Gate Park and more. In describing Nob Hill, he refers to “Senator (Leland) Stanford’s elegantly furnished” home, and mentions his “intention to endow a great University”; this is truly a glimpse back into time. Small, bound in brown cloth, printed paper label tipped to front cover, decorated endpapers, includes six full-page maps and a fold-out map of downtown San Francisco, with six pages of advertisements at rear. Prior owner signed in pencil the printed paper label; otherwise all pages are clean, volume still tightly bound, with only very light foxing to pages. Due to value of this book additional postage may be required.