San Francisco: N.J. Stone & Co. 1897. First complete edition. Hardcover. 4 volumes, publisher's full morocco stamped in gilt and blind; octavo; (vii)-xxxvi, 37-788; (v)-xli, 43-823; (vii)-xli, 43-981; (xv)-xli, 43-858 pp. All edges gilt. Minor scuffing, second volume with old repairs to joints, stain to fore-edge of fourth volume, bookplate of Daniel & Josephine Ryan to front pastedown of each volume. A very good set. Item #21808
First edition of volumes 3 & 4; volumes 1 & 2 were originally published in 1885. An important history of California, described thus by Cowan "The best history of California within reasonable proportions. The accuracy of its author is well known, and the individual who inclines to history will find it readable. It has little in common with . . . Bancroft; so comparison is not made. It presents one singular anomaly which could neither have been foreseen nor avoided. In the earlier half of his work, Mr. Hittell used very extensively for his sources of history the archives of California, which were at the office of the United States surveyor-general in San Francisco. These were completely destroyed in the great fire of 1906, thereby rendering the possibility of verification of such references almost hopeless. The work has been adversely criticized for some reflections upon the missonaries, but notwithstanding such comments its value is unimpaired." Inscribed and signed by the author on front blank leaf of first volume: "To Daniel A. Ryan with kind regards of Theodore H. Hittell. February 8, 1905." Ryan was a San Francisco attorney and unsuccessful candidate for Mayor of the city. (Cowan p. 285 ).