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Borthwick, J.D.
THREE YEARS IN CALIFORNIA
Edinburgh and London: William Blackwood and Sons, 1857. vi,[2],384pp. plus 16pp. of advertisements and eight plates including frontispiece. Publisher's blindstamped red cloth, spine gilt. Expertly rebacked with original backstrip laid down. Cloth rubbed and lightly soiled, corners bumped and spine ends modestly worn. Occasional foxing and soiling throughout, "Faro" plate with two small closed tears to margin (image not affected). Library stamp on titlepage. About very good. Borthwick, a Scotsman living in New York, was struck with gold fever in 1851 and moved to California, where he lived for several years. There is general agreement that this is one of the best accounts of life in the mines. Wheat calls it "an outstanding account of mining life," while Streeter says, "I do not know of another story by an actual miner that is so well written and so true to that wonderful life in the Days of Gold." The handsome illustrations, drawn by the author, depict card games, dances, mining operations, and Chinese emigrants. GRAFF 358. SABIN 6436. HOWES B622. ZAMORANO 80, 8. HILL 156. STREETER SALE 2817. COWAN, p.64. KURUTZ 65. WHEAT GOLD RUSH 21. REESE, BEST OF THE WEST 143.
Bookseller: William Reese Company - Americana [New Haven, CT, U.S.A.]

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