London: William Shoberl; Parry & Co., 1852. Second edition. Hardcover. 12mo. 2 volumes, 347 pp.; 413 pp. Half-bound in green leather and green cloth, top edge gilt. Spine is lettered in gilt with five raised bands. Marbled endpapers and pastedowns. Includes the small bookplate of collector Thomas Murphy on the front pastedown. Illustrated by twenty-three drawings, taken on the spot by the author during his travels. Three of the illustrations are color lithographs, labeled as "On stone by R.J. Hamerton". The other twenty illustrations are beautiful black and white lithographs. Ryan was a British-born artist who traveled to California in 1848-1849 following his service in the Mexican-American War, and recorded his impressions of the mines, the Spanish and Native peoples he encoutered, and the differences between the upper and lower regions of California. Cowan and Howes describe Ryan's descriptions of the region as "among the best of his time". A finely bound copy of this early account of California. Cowan 197. Howes 558. Graff 3626. Near Fine. Item #00007697
A Near Fine set with very minor foxing to a few of the leaves, not affecting the text, and a few faint dampstains to a few of the plates, not affecting the quality of the illustrations.