San Francisco: A.L. Bancroft & Company Publishers, 1882-91. First Editions. 39 Volumes. Octavos [23.5 cm] Full calf with black labels on the backstrip. Most volumes good only with some hinges split and loose boards. Item #4717
The 'Works' is a result of Bancroft's interest in Western Americana which he began collecting in 1859. His collections eventually included more than 60,000 titles in addition to dozens of massive scrapbooks containing clippings from magazines and especially newspapers from throughout the West. Around 1870 Bancroft conceived the idea of writing an encyclopedic history of the American West. These volumes form the most detailed account of the area as a whole that has ever been written and are still considered as fundamental reference tools today. Howes B91. Cowan p.11. Paher 68-72. Zamorano 3. Six-Guns 126-130. Herd 201-203. Graff 155. Best of the West 199. Flake/Draper 282-292.