San Francisco: California Historical Society, 1931. First Edition. Hardcover. Quarto (4to). Very good+ condition / Good condition (DJ). Item #001277
112 pages, with numerous illustrations of franked envelopes, most of which are extremely rare. Hardcover cloth binding with minimal shelfwear. Moderate rubbing to dustjacket extremities; protected in archival mylar. Large folding map with expert repair to a small tear at fold. With several detailed appendices, including a list of California Postal Stations reprinted from the "Daily Alta California" from July 30, 1851, an alphabetical list of 446 Western Express Companies, and a list of these companies divided by region with dates of operation when known. Numerous first hand accounts of mining life published herein for the first time. These are combined with excerpts from period newspaper articles and other previously published accounts, together with maps, illustrations and well written and researched descriptions. The product is an imporant book on California History, Pioneer Miners, and the One-Man, Early Limited, Regional and National Express Companies. A fascinating read, packed with information invaluable to the collector or historian.