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HISTORY OF THE BIG BONANZA: An Authentic - de Quille, Dan; William Wright - 1876. 
Hartford, CT: American Publishing Company, 1876. 569 pages of text. Original cloth binding with an undulating spine, remaining intact and attractive with minor shelfwear. Contains 92 black-and-white illustrations. Minor foxing and soiling scattered lightly throughout text, and a few pages with minor paper defects. Paher 1179: "De Quille has written the greatest of all the Comstock books and probably the best single book on any Western mining camp. It is source material complete with introduction by Mark Twain, who roomed and shared offices with Dan in 1862..." H.H. Bancroft says of this work: "A curious medley of historical facts and humorous phases of society in connection with a mining excitement that brought about, in a measure, the flush times of El Dorado, and raised Nevada from a country appendage to a state. It is full of stirring incidents and anecdotes, and delights in rough characters and dialoges." -Cowan. Johnson says of it in his "Bibliography of Mark Twain": "One-page Introductory is by Mark Twain. This book is very desirable to the admirer of Twain, as it was written by a fellow worker on the Virginia City Enterprise, of Nevada, who figured as one of the characters of Roughing It, and is a most readable supplement and commentary on same." Newbegin's bookstore description affixed by one corner to the front endpaper. First edition.. First Edition. Hardcover. Very good condition. Octavo (8vo).
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