Portfolio Containing Choice Views of California [cover title]. California.
Portfolio Containing Choice Views of California [cover title]

Portfolio Containing Choice Views of California [cover title]

Cincinnati: Tom Jones, 1904. [36] loose plates, one of them folding. Oblong folio. Original gray paper portfolio with metal snaps. Heavy wear to portfolio, old tape reinforcement to edges. Plates generally clean, with some minor soiling and light wear, particularly to lower left corner. Folding plate with wear to center fold. Good. Item #1015

Large souvenir portfolio of photogravure views around the state of California, including a folding panorama of Los Angeles. Many of the plates contain multiple vignettes, and all are captioned. Images include scenes of Santa Monica, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Yosemite, Shasta, and Tahoe, as well as the University of California, views in a Chinese opium den, missions, the ostrich farm in Pasadena, the Arizona Gardens at Monterey, and more. Most of the "Scenic Souvenirs" published by Tom Jones were in miniature format -- small accordion-fold souvenir books not on this scale. Though we find no records under this title in OCLC, we do locate four copies of a work by Tom Jones entitled Scenic Treasures of California, which is of similar size and composition. We find two auction records for the present title, both more than ten years old. Scarce.

Price: $400.00

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