New Haven: Yale University Press, 1931. Second printing. Hardcover. Quarto (10 1/4 x 7 1/2"). xxx, 601, pp. Original blue cloth, with gold lettering and publisher's device in gilt to spine. Harry Crocker's Ex-libris on inside of front cover. Black and white photographic frontispiece. Publisher's device to title page.
In 1860 William Brewer, a young Yale-educated teacher of the natural sciences and a recent widower, eagerly accepted an offer from Josiah Whitney to assist in the first geological survey of the state of California.
Brewer was not a geologist, but his training in agriculture and botany made him an invaluable member of the team. He traveled more than fourteen thousand miles in the four years he spent in California and spent much of his leisure time writing lively, detailed letters to his brother back East.
These warmly affectionate letters, presented here in their entirety, describe the new state in all its spectacular beauty and paint a vivid picture of California in the mid-nineteenth century. (From the Preface).
This work is profusely illustrated throughout with 33 leaves of plates, as well as a large folded map placed before the Index.
Binding and interior in very good condition. vg. Item #45333
* Harry Crocker (1893-1958) was an American journalist and film actor who appeared as Rex in Charlie Chaplin's "The Circus" in 1928. He was Chaplin's personal assistant until he was fired during the making of Chaplin's "City Lights" in 1930. Crocker later reconciled with Chaplin and maintained a friendship until the comedian left America in 1952.