A Medical Journey in California by Dr. Pierre Garnier, 1967, 1/500, Near Fine w/DJ
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Garnier, Pierre, et al. Los Angeles, CA: Zeitlin & Ver Brugge, 1967.
English, A Near Fine book in a Near Fine dust jacket, HC, one of 500 copies, 8vo, 9 1/2" x 6 1/2," 93 pp., including illustrations and Index, + prospectus.
Light brown cloth-covered boards in a light beige paper dust jacket. Black lettering on front panel and dust jacket spine. Covers have slight wear to extremities and minimal rubbing, else clean and intact, binding tight, sharp tips. Dust jacket has light age toning and a few tiny marks, else clean and intact. Dust jacket protected in a paper-backed mylar sleeve. Pages have light age toning and occasional brief pencil annotations, else pristine and intact. Five black-and-white illustrations included. List of Illustrations in front. Back colophon: "500 copies printed by Grant Dahlstrom, Pasadena, California." Also laid in is a brief prospectus printed in black ink on light beige paper advertising this book. The English translation of an account by Dr. Pierre Garnier, originally titled, "Voyage medicale en Californie." Garnier was a French doctor, insofar as "doctors" were defined during the mid-nineteenth century (at the time, many doctors did not need certification to carry their titles). While Garnier's medical credentials are questionable, he was undoubtedly a practitioner of medicine. Garnier's account is not only an invaluable record of the French perspective of early California but also one of the earliest descriptions of California written by a physician under any capacity. Introduction and printed annotations by Doyce B. Nunis, Jr. Translated into English from the original French by L. Jay Oliva.