Title Portland, Oregon: Its History and Builders in Connection with the Antecedent Explorations, Discoveries and Movements of the Pioneers that Selected the Site for the Great City of the Pacific - Volume I, II, III
Book Condition Very Good
Edition 1st Edition
Size 4to - over 9
Publisher Chicago S. J. Clarke 1911
Seller ID 000972
Three large hardcover volumes, three-quarter bound in burgundy cloth with Morocco spines and corners, raised bands and gilt titles and decoration to spines, 10 3/4 x 7 1/2 inches, approx 700 pages per volume, numerous photographs and illustrations throughout; boards scuffed and worn with heavy wear at extremities, small white stain to rear of Volume I, vertical ripple to the center of the spine of Volume I, marbled page edges are a little faded, decorative pink end papers with some discoloration at edges, previous owner's bookplates in front end papers (Ernest Boyd Mac Naughton), pages generally clean and crisp, bindings sound but due to size and weight of these books they require careful handling. Handsome and well preserved books. Volume I consists of a descriptive history of Portland, Oregon and the surrounding area from 1506 until publication, including shipping, railroads, industry, schools, churches, peoples and the first Portland Exposition. Volumes II & III contain biographical sketches of the "builders," or the people who founded and built Portland and created the history discussed in Volume I. Joseph Gaston was himself one of the builders, filling the roles of American railroad executive, journalist, and historian based in Oregon. He is the namesake of Gaston, Oregon, the Joseph Gaston House, and the Gaston-Strong House. He was the first president of the Oregon Central Railroad and an outspoken opponent of railroad executive Ben Holladay. Along with the three volume Portland, Oregon, Its History and Builders, Gaston also authored the four-volume The Centennial History of Oregon, 1811 to 1911. Due to size and weight of set, extra shipping charges may apply.
PORTLAND OREGON HISTORY PACIFIC NORTHWEST WESTERN AMERICANA CITY FOUNDING BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES