Berkeley: University of California Press, 1951-1968. First Editions. 11 volume set. 352,362,372,411,333,361,369,420,320,353,80pp. Quartos [27 cm] Green cloth with gilt titles on the backstrip. Vol. VII ex-libris with usual marks, the other ten volumes very good in like jackets. Some of the volumes have owner bookplates on the front pastedowns. Item #4678
Thomas Oliver Larkin, probably the most influential merchant in Mexican California, was the first and only United States Consul in California. He worked under specific instructions from the State Department to win Californians over to the idea of separation from Mexico. From 1847 to 1849 he was naval agent and naval storekeeper for the United States at Monterey. Later, when California became an integral part of the United States, Larkin served as a delegate to the state constitutional convention. Larkin's many duties and activities resulted in a rich and varied correspondence.