History of California, From Its Discovery to the Present Time; Comprising also a Full Description of its Climate, Surface, Soil, Rivers, Towns, Beasts, Birds, Fishes, State of its Society, Agriculture, Commerce, Mines, Mining, &c. With a Journal of the Voyage From New York, via Nicaragua, to San Francisco, and Back, Via Panama. With a New Map of the Country
by Elisha Smith Capron (1806-1883)
Boston:: John P. Jewett and Company,, 1854. First Edition. Hardcover. Acceptable. FIRST EDITION. 8vo. 7 3/8 x 4 3/4 inches. (12), 356 pp. LACKS THE MAP, a few tables in the text; text clean, unmarked. Original brown cloth, spine titled and decorated in gilt, added clear mylar dust-jacket; binding square and tight, head and foot of spine chipped, boards showing beneath the cloth on bottom edge. Red "CHS DUP" rubber stamp on rear end-paper. Sold AS IS. Elisha Smith Capron left New York City on April 23, 1853, passed through Nicaragua and on to California where he arrived in San Francisco on May 21st, as commercial agent for a number of mercantile houses in New York. During his mission, Capron "visited the principal cities and villages of the state.... He also traversed various parts of the mining regions, and sojourned with the miners, among their valleys and mountains." The second part reports on San Francisco, including sensational aspects the city. The third part discusses mines and miners, including mining techniques and social conditions. The final part is Capron's journal. REFERENCES: Cowan, A Bibliography of the History of California, I, p. 104; Howes, U.S.iana, C-127; Kurutz, The California Gold Rush, 116; Wheat, Maps of the California Gold Region, 254. (Inventory #: GG32215V-028)
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