Very Good. Item #7245
New York: A.S. Barnes & Co., 1850. First Edition. Octavo; 456 pp. 12 plates, some with tissue guards (appears to be missing folding Declaration of Rights of California Plate, else all others present). Rebound in red cloth with original back cloth panel and majority of spine retained, along with A.S. Barnes & Co's advertisement rear endpapers. Original cloth soiled and smudged with some loss at spine ends. New boards rubbed and worn at back corners, else sturdy and square. Pages moderately to nearly-heavily foxed in some instances, but unmarked. Binding is sound.
Born in Vermont, Colton arrived in Monterey as a Navy chaplain, and was appointed as the first American Alcade (a sort of combination governor and magistrate). He co-founded and edited The Californian, the first newspaper published in California, and built Colton Hall, a public school and meeting space that hosted the first California Constitutional Convention. Colton left California in 1850, the year this volume was published, and died a year later.
[Graff 839; Howes C-625; Sabin 14800].