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M'Ilvaine, William, Jr.
Sketches of Scenery and Notes of Personal Adventure, in California and Mexico
Philadelphia, 1850. Fifteen (of sixteen) lithographic plates. Plate 8 ("Kanaka Creek") in this copy is provided in facsimile. 44 pp. Rare Early Images of the Gold Rush. A major illustrated work of the California Gold Rush, one of the earliest such works published by a returning 49er. M'Ilvaine was born in Philadelphia, studied art in Europe, and then took it up professionally. He went to California in early 1849, arriving on June 1, and left on November 1, 1849, aboard the steamer California. Each full-page lithograph is accompanied by descriptive text (ranging from one to nine pages). Nine of the plates show scenes in California, including San Francisco, Stockton, Sutter's Mill, Sutter's Fort, Wood's Creek, and scenes along the Tuolumne. The rest depict scenes along M'Ilvaine's return journey across Mexico, including views of Acapulco, Chapultepec, and Mexico City. "This album-like volume represents one of the earliest publications illustrated with 'on the spot' drawings" - Kurutz. Howes is in error in calling for seventeen plates - he counts the engraved titlepage twice. Rare, with only a few copies on the market in the past twenty years. Kurutz 420; Cowan, p.408; Howes M112, "b"; Sabin 43328; Streeter Sale 2640; Graff 2615; Vail, Gold Fever, p.20; Wheat, Gold Rush 134; Howell 50:170 In a half morocco and cloth folding box, spine gilt. Original black cloth, stamped in gilt and blind. New endpapers. Page 19 (facing plate 8) torn in upper blank margin, with repairs on the verso. A touch of foxing, otherwise very clean and fresh internally. A very good copy, though with plat … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: James Cummins Bookseller, ABAA [New York, NY, U.S.A.]
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