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The Miners' Own Book, containing Correct Illustrations and Descriptions of the Various Modes of California Mining, including all the improvements introduced from the earliest days to the present time
Hutchings & Rosenfield, San Francisco 1858 - (9 1/8 x 5 3/4 inches). 32pp. Woodcut illustrations after C. Nahl and others. Period ink bookseller's stamp on title (Carswell's News Depot, Sacramento). Publisher's brown pictorial wrappers, expert paper restoration along spine First edition of a scarce early guide to modern mining methods in California. The publishers write in the prefatory note that they intended to inform the public on "the various modes that have been adopted to extract the precious metal . by rendering familiar, though correct views and descriptions, everything connected with the immense mining operation of the State. We believe it is the first book of the kind ever published." The illustrations, many of which appeared in Hutchings Magazine, are as instructive as the text, and though many are signed by celebrated California artist Charles Christian Nahl, artists Harrison Eastman and Warren C. Butler also contributed. Scarce, with only two other examples at auction in the last thirty-five years. Cowan II, p. 431; Graff 2813; Howes M639; Kurutz 444a; Streeter sale 2839; Eberstadt 168:121; Greenwood 967; Wheat 141. [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; Soft Cover]
      [Bookseller: Donald A. Heald Rare Books (ABAA)]
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