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Tyson, Philip T.
Baltimore: Wm. Minifie & Co., 1851. xxxiv,127,37pp., plus three large folding maps, nine folding plates, and one leaf of ads at the end. Publisher's blindstamped brown cloth, spine gilt. Expertly rebacked, with most of original backstrip laid down. Bookplate of Alfred I. Esberg on front free endpaper (see below). Foredge of titlepage torn, not affecting text. Ex-New York Public Library with deaccession stamp on verso of titlepage. Occasional foxing and tanning to text. Some foxing on maps, two maps with neat tissue repairs. Very good overall. The second (and best) edition, following the government document edition of the previous year. An important discussion of the geology of gold in California, based on Tyson's four- month trip during the summer and early fall of 1849, including a fine map of the Sacramento Valley, a smaller one of the author's travel routes, and one of his path through the Sierra Nevada. Wheat notes that this was "probably the earliest work of a true scientific research to emerge from the Gold Rush." Tyson describes visits to Sacramento, Mormon Island, Coloma, Jackson, and the Cosumnes and Mokelumne Rivers. The Senate ordered 5,000 copies printed, of which 1,000 were for Tyson's use. Tyson added a new title page, an errata page, index, contents page, and an extensive introduction. This copy belonged to Alfred I. Esberg (1870- 1955), cigar magnate and director and vice president of the California Historical Society, with his bookplate on the front free endpaper. HOWES T455. WHEAT GOLD REGIONS 179. KURUTZ 643a.
Bookseller: William Reese Company [United States]

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