Sacramento: Printed at the Union Office, 1853. 1st edition (Cowan II, p. 171; Greenwood 403; Graff 841; Howes C633; Quebedeaux 46; Rocq 6522; Wheat Books 48). INSCRIBED PRESENTATION copy from the publisher to Gen A. M. Winn. , 40, [4 (adverts)], 110, 14, [4 (blank)] pp. Adverts illustrated with cuts. 8vo. 9-3/16" x 5-3/4". Leather spine over printed paper 'advert' boards. Interior boards with adverts leaves affixed. Volume now housed in a custom chemise & brown quarter leather slipcase with marbled paper boards. Boards with general edgewear, with board showing at tips. Leather spine renewed. The occasional stain, spot or smudge. Book, overall Very Good. Chemise & slipcase - Fine. Item #45879
Per Quebedeaux, "Second general directory of Sacramento, and the first of four directories by Samuel Coville. First substantial book printed in the city, after J. Horace Culver's directory of 1851, and the first full history of Sacramento, on of the most important California local histories. For the first time, the names Charles Crocker and Stanford appear in a Sacramento directory... [Colville's] 1853 effort constitutes one of the most important of all Sacramento directories. Very Rare."
The book's recipient, Major General Winn, "was a native of Virginia who came to California on May 28, 1849, and settled in Sacramento on June 25 of that year. He immediately became active in civic affairs and in the fall of 1849 was elected to Sacramento's first City Council in and selected as its President, he was ex-officio the first mayor of Sacramento. But unlike his successor, Hardin Bigelow, he was not elected directly to the office. He went on to be appointed the State Adjutant General and an early proponent of the small business community and labor reform movement. He remained in the state until his death and is remembered as one of the State’s Founding Fathers.
General Winn not only made his contributions to the civil and military beginnings of Sacramento, he was a prime mover in the fraternal and religious life of his community as well. He founded the Sons of the Revolutionary Sires, later the Sons of the American Revolution, and was its first President. In 1851 he organized the Sacramento Odd Fellows General Relief Committee and he was elected its first president. He also was instrumental in the establishment of Grace Church (later St. Paul’s), the first Episcopal church in Sacramento, of which he was both an officer and communicant. Winn was also a Mason. Indeed, his granddaughter wrote, “We are told that the general belonged to every fraternal society in Sacramento in the early days and it is quite probable that this is true.” He founded the Native Sons of the Golden West (NSGW). General Winn died at Sonoma on August 26, 1883, and was buried in Sacramento." [Wiki]
Very rare in the trade, with RBH showing the last time to market in a 1982 Howell catalogue; so here offered an important book documenting early Sacramento history, during the middle of the California Gold Rush, with an impeccable & enviable provenance.