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DAS GOLDLAND CALIFORNIEN, ODER: BLEIB' IM LANDE UND ARBEITE FLEISIG
Leitmeritz, 1850. Original yellow printed paper-covered boards. Minor edge wear, light toning and foxing to text. Near fine. In a brown half morocco clamshell case. A very early account of life in California gold country. "After a brief overview of America, Müller began CALIFORNIA LAND OF GOLD OR STAY AT HOME AND WORK HARD with a business-like look at California history, the gold discovery, mining life, equipment, weather conditions, and routes to California. The second portion is the pitiful story of Friedrich Berwick, a master joiner from Germany, and his unfortunate experiences as a gold seeker..." - Kurutz. The illustrations as well as the text make a strong case for staying at home, including a family encountering a coffin-maker, besieged in bed by rats, stumbling through a jungle, and watching a house burn. A truly rare work, with no copies in OCLC. Not listed in Graff or Wagner-Camp. "An apparently unknown Gold Rush narrative. Not in Cowan, Wheat, Sabin, and no copy in auction records; we have never seen another copy" - Eberstadt.
      [Bookseller: William Reese Company - Americana]
Last Found On: 2015-11-18           Check availability:      Biblio    

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