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Foster, George G.:
THE GOLD REGIONS OF CALIFORNIA: BEING A SUCCINCT DESCRIPTION OF THE GEOGRAPHY, HISTORY, TOPOGRAPHY, AND GENERAL FEATURES OF CALIFORNIA: INCLUDING A CAREFULLY PREPARED ACCOUNT OF THE GOLD REGIONS OF THAT FORTUNATE COUNTRY. PREPARED FROM OFFICIAL DOCUMENTS AND OTHER AUTHENTIC SOURCES
New York: Dewitt & Davenport, Tribune Buildings, 1848.. 80pp. plus [12]pp. of advertisements. Frontispiece map. Original printed wrappers. Spine perished (but still sturdily bound), wrappers a bit soiled and with some small chips at edges. Impeccably clean internally, and a very good copy. Untrimmed. In a half morocco box. An odd and apparently unrecorded variant of Foster's early and important book on the gold regions of California, with "Second Edition" printed on the wrapper, but the titlepage has no edition statement at all, which implies that it is a first edition titlepage. This copy also has the same number of advertisement leaves as Kurutz notes for the first edition (the number of which differs in subsequent editions). This would appear, then, to be the first edition titlepage and text of Foster's work bound up in second edition wrappers. Edward Eberstadt called this "the first considerable pamphlet on the Gold Regions and but two others (Sherwood and Simpson) are contemporary with it." "Foster, in his eloquent and stirring introduction...correctly predicted that a fortune could be made by the enterprising blacksmith, wheelwright, carpenter, shoemaker, etc. This slender work is a useful anthology of some of the earliest reports of the gold discovery and features the writings of Farnham, Mason, Doniphan, Larkin, Folsom, Fremont, Colton, and articles from the June and August issues of the CALIFORNIAN" - Kurutz. The frontispiece map shows California from Los Angeles to Sutter Buttes, with the Gold Region encircled by a dotted line. According to Wheat, the map … [Click Below for Full Description]
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