HISTORY And BUSINESS DIRECTORY Of HUMBOLDT COUNTY; Descriptive of the Natural Resources, Delightful Climate, Picturesque Scenery, Beautiful Homes. The Only County in the State Containing No Chinamen.

HISTORY And BUSINESS DIRECTORY Of HUMBOLDT COUNTY; Descriptive of the Natural Resources, Delightful Climate, Picturesque Scenery, Beautiful Homes. The Only County in the State Containing No Chinamen.

Eureka, Cala. Daily Humboldt Standard, 1890. 1st separate edition (Cowan p 262; Quebedeaux 15; Rocq 2036). 224, [2] pp. Adverts throughout. The occasional woodcut. 11-1/4" x 8-5/8". Brown cloth spine over printed paper wrapped boards, with the front board depicting the Humboldt County Court House. General wear & extremity rubs. Bit of foxing & age-toning to paper. Withal, a solid VG copy. Item #46663

The compiler of this uncommon Northern California business directory was Lillie Hamm, the proprietor of Eureka Art and Fashion Parlors, which was located at the northwest corner of F & 6th Streets, according to the directory. The first half of the work contains a lengthy history of Humboldt County that includes every small neighborhood & community. Next comes the business directory, which occupies ~ 50 pages, the volume concluding with a section containing biographical sketches of the area's leading businessmen and their firms.

There seems to have been quite some pride in the area's anti-Chinese sentiment, with the title page stating in bold that Humboldt is, "The only county in the state with no Chinamen." In 1885, the town of Eureka expelled all of its Chinese residents, sending them by boat to San Francisco, and drafted an anti-Chinese ordinance that was not repealed until 1959.

While not particulary scarce institutionally [13 cc, mostly in CA], we do note it infrequently coming to market, finding, at the time of cataloguing, no other copy currently offered, and RBH showing just one copy to auction in the last few decades [2010].

Price: $2,750.00

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