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INCIDENTS ON LAND AND WATER, OR FOUR YEARS ON THE PACIFIC COAST. Being a Narrative of the Burning of the Ships Nonantum, Humayoon and Fanchon, Together with Many Startling and Interesting Adventures on Sea and Land

Bates, Mrs. Dolly Bradford "Mrs. Bates, the wife of a ship's captain, sailed from Baltimore for San Francisco with her husband on July 27, 1850, in the ship Nonantum. Off the east coast of South America, the cargo of coal caught fire, and the ship was forced to run ashore at Port Stanley, in the Falklands, where the ship was abandoned. The Bateses then shipped on the Humayoon bound for Valparaiso. This ship caught fire, and passangers and crew were forced into the ship's longboat but were immediately rescued by the Symmetry. The Bateses then transferred to the Fanchon, which also was laded with coal and, remarkably, also caught fire off the coast of Peru! From Peru, the Bateses traveled to Panama, and after a month, left for San Francisco on the steamer Republic. They arrived at the end of April 1851. After these harrowing experiences, Mrs. Bates went on to produce one of the most insightful accounts by a woman in the Gold Rush. She records in detail not only her own situation by also that of other women" (Gary Kurutz, The California Gold Rush). Octavo: 336 p. with 4 plates. Original green cloth binding, with decorative gilt and blind stamping. Just the slightest hint of foxing, with a tiny nick to the fore-edge of the front flyleaf. The spine is a touch sun faded, with some minor wear to the corners and tips; otherwise very good. Kurutz 42a; Cowan p.38; Six-Guns 167.
  • $150

LONG BEACH HOME TELEPHONE & TELEGRAPH CO., Directory No. 1, October 24, 1903

[California] Printed in black on a 9" x 13" sheet of peach textured heavy paper. Residential telephones began appearing in Long Beach homes in the early 1900s, when the Long Beach Home Telephone & Telegraph Co. was founded by W.L. Porterfield. By 1903, there were 169 locations with telephones in the city of 3,000 people, and this necessitated publishing a telephone directory for the community so people knew which two- or three-digit telephone number to call. This first directory, printed on a single sheet, lists all users alphabetically. The type on the first 11 lines of the directory was damaged, making the printing of those lines nearly illegible. The bulk of the listings are for businesses, ranging from the Wilson-Hill Co., undertakers, to the Long Beach Gas Co., San Pedro Lumber, and the Salt Lake Hotel. Along the bottom edge of the page is advertising for W. Clifford Smith Co., dealers in feed and fuel. No addresses are provided with the listings. Because telephones were brand new technology, this directory also provides detailed instructions on how to use the equipment, which was then operated by a switchboard exchange. -To call Exchange, take receiver from the hook -When operator calls for the number, give the number of subscriber desired distinctly, repeating each figure of the number separately -Face the instrument and talk in a moderate tone directly into the transmitter -When through talking, return receiver to the hook promptly There were also a few rules, such as refraining from conversation with operators and, "the use of profane or obscene language over our lines is strictly forbidden." The top right corner of the directory is creased and there is some overall general wear; otherwise very good.
  • $250