San Francisco: Press of Barry & Baird, 1880. First edition. Hardcover. Original burgundy cloth with title and cover ornament in gilt, octavo, 471 pp. Bumping to lower corners, some wear to spine ends, crease and short tear to title page and facing blank leaf, still quite clean and presentable and near very good. Good. Item #19268
Anthology represents more than 100 contributors, including H. H. Bancroft, Ina Coolbrith, Bret Harte, Charles Warren Stoddard, John C. Fremont, Leland Stanford, et al. This the copy of Dr. Enoch H. Pardee (1929-1896), Republican mayor of Oakland (1876-78), he also served in both the State Senate and House of Representatives. His son George Pardee was also an Oakland mayor (1893-95) before becoming California's first native-born governor in 1902. Signed in pencil on front free endpaper "E. H. Pardee, MD, Oakland California, 1880"