San Francisco: A.L. Bancroft & Company, Publishers, 1882. Leather bound. 797; 805; 796; 807; 796pp. Octavo [23.5 cm] 3/4 brown calf with marbled paper over boards, gilt tooled spines and red and green leather spine labels, and double gilt ruled borders on the covers. Marbled text block edges and endpapers. Gently rubbed and bumped at the extremities. There are sporadic chips in the leather, and the underlying boards are peeking through at the corners. The endsheets have occasional thin cracks along the hinges, and the front pastedowns have a previous owner's bookplate. The front cover of volume 1 is partially detached, and the rear cover is completely detached, but present. The backstrip is coming away from the spine as well. The front endpaper of volume 3 is cracked along the hinge, and the hinge is soft. There is a very thin loss from the leather at the head of the spine of volume V, and the front board of this volume is deatched at the head. Volume I: 6 fold-out maps. Volume II: 1 fold-out map; 1 fold-out chart. Volume IV: 1 fold-out map. Volume V: 2 fold-out maps. Good. Item #41443
The first 5 volumes from the exhaustively researched series of works in 39 volumes on the western half of North America. Wright/Howes describes the work, as a "Colossal co-operative undertaking; nothing approaching it has ever been attempted in this country." Howes B87.