Palo Alto: Lewis Osborne, 1966. First edition thus, limited to 1950 copies. Hardcover. Original green cloth, quarto (8 x 10.5 inches), 76pp. Endpaper maps, b/w plates and illustrations. Faint fading to covers, but very good, else quite clean and unworn. Gift inscription to front blank leaf. Very good. Item #20508
Originally published in The Century Magazine for December 1890 and February 1891. In 1848 Bidwell made a fortune in the gold rush, the following year he bought 26000 acres of the upper Sacramento Valley-naming his property Rancho Chico, in 1860 he laid out the town of Chico. Bidwell died in 1900.