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Comstock, J. L. M.D.
A History of the Precious Metals, from the Earliest Periods to the Present Time; with Directions for Testing Their Purity, and Statements of their Comparative Value, Estimated Cost, and Amount at Different Periods; Together with An Account of the Products of Various Mines; A History of the Anglo-Mexican Mining Companies, and Speculations Concerning the Mineral Wealth of California. [Spine title:] History of Gold and Silver
Hartford: Belknap and Hamersley, 1849. 8vo, original brown cloth, gilt title at spine. 222 pp., 4 pp. of advertisements. First edition. A history of mining throughout the world, fortuitously published at the beginning of the California gold rush. "The discovery of California gold made Comstock's world survey appeal to a much wider audience. He hurriedly included information on California and added a final chapter entitled 'Estimated Expenses of Outfits from the United States to California.' He opened by saying his printer allowed him no time to fully develop the subject. Comstock also calculated the cost of going to California, the loss of labor in the eastern United States, and estimated that it would take $22,260,000 in California gold before the United States would realize a profit"-Kurutz. Contains various charts and tables. REFERENCES: Kurutz 154; Cowan, p. 139; Sabin 15074. CONDITION: Good, front and back covers with some spotting and staining, head of spine chipped; contents good, minor foxing; a nice, tight copy. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
Bookseller: James Arsenault & Company, ABAA [Arrowsic, ME, U.S.A.]
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