Hollister, CA: Hollister Free Lance, June, 1886. First Edition. Folio. 17 pp. Illustrated from wood engravings; ads for local businesses; map. Color lithograph wrappers in very good condition (wear along spine and extremities; short closed tear to page 11/12; two small chips to front and rear edge). An uncommon and early G.A.R. newsletter; only two copies located in online institutions (Cal Berkeley & Yale). Item #19445
The issue serves as a promotional for San Benito County, with sketches of the towns and information on agricultural and business opportunities. The front cover presents an elaborate map of the vicinity from Hollister to Monterey Bay, with appropriate Grand Army of the Republic mementoes, in full color lithography by "Dickman Jones & Hettrich, Lith., San Francisco," with inset of agricultural related scenes. The rear wrapper, also in lovely full color lithography, presents "views of famous summer & winter resorts situated on the line of the Northern Div. Southern Pacific Company adjacent to San Benito Co." The views include bird's-eyes of Pacific Grove, Camp Capital, Paraiso Springs, Santa Cruz, and Hollister and an image of the Hotel Del Monte in verdant surroundings, all presented on the various parts of a G.A.R. reunion medal. (Rocq 7006).