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MINING & MINERS, AND DIGGERS & PRIGGERS. BY A SHAREHOLDER
London, 1854. Original lithographed wrappers, brown cloth backstrip. Light dust-soiling, small paper abrasion on front cover. Small ink ownership stamp on first page of text. Very good plus. In red half morocco chemise and slipcase. An extraordinarily rare and amusing British satire on the pitfalls of the California Gold Rush. "The author lampoons gold companies, like the delightful 'Great Doo and Diddle Gold, Silver, Copper, and Brass, Smash, Dash and Crash Company,' and comments on the feverish effect of the word 'gold' on people's imagination. 'Prigger' is defined as a thief. 'Tom Tiddler' can be translated as any place where pickings may be sought or had without effective interference" - Howell. "This satirical piece is based on the experience of the English who invested in California and Australian mines...The company's holdings were located in the 'Moschetto and Torpedo Districts' of California" - Kurutz. The Daniel G. Volkmann, Jr. copy, with his bookplate on the chemise, sold at Dorothy Sloan in 2005 for $7475.
      [Bookseller: William Reese Company - Americana]
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