THE LARKIN PAPERS: Personal, Business, and Official Correspondence of Thomas Oliver Larkin, Merchant and United States Consul in California. Edited by George P. Hammond, Director of the Bancroft Library. (10 volumes). Thomas Oliver Larkin, George P. Hammond.

THE LARKIN PAPERS: Personal, Business, and Official Correspondence of Thomas Oliver Larkin, Merchant and United States Consul in California. Edited by George P. Hammond, Director of the Bancroft Library. (10 volumes).

Berkeley: University of California Press, 1951-1964. First edition. 10 volume set, quartos, original green cloth, various paginations, frontispiece illustration in each volume, jackets. Publication announcement and subscription order form laid in. Darkening to front endpapers of first volume from old newsprint once laid in, else fine in moderately edgeworn jackets with some fading to jacket spines. All volumes mostly unopened. Item #23660

Published for the Bancroft Library in an edition of 1000 copies. An eleventh (index) volume was published in 1968. It is not present here. Thomas Oliver Larkin (1802-1858) had tried his hand at various ventures in his native New England, with marginal success, before accepting the invitation of his half-brother to join him in California. Larkin arrived in Alta California in 1832 and steadily increased his fortunes to become arguably the most important merchant in the region. From his home in Monterey he was at the center of the forces coming to bear between Mexico and the Alta Californians and in 1843 Larkin was named US Consul to Alta California by President Tyler. On came the Bear Flag Revolt in 1846 with Larkin acting as a US Naval agent. The gold rush of 1849 and statehood for California in 1850 brought wealth and opportunity to Larkin at his now home in San Francisco. Then 1850-53 found the Larkin family living in luxury in New York City, though the climate did not suit them and they returned to the San Francisco Bay region. These volumes present the documentary history of a remarkable man.

Price: $300.00