Paris, 1853. xi,310[i.e. 308]pp. Half title. Contemporary half roan and marbled boards, spine gilt, all edges sprinkled brown. Bookplates on front pastedown. Light tanning, otherwise internally clean. Very good. The Daniel Volkmann copy of a lively account of early French participation in the California Gold Rush. The first two-thirds of the book are occupied by the author's voyage to Chile, including his narrative of the journey across the Atlantic. Though somewhat distracted by seasickness and the state of the onboard cuisine, Lambertie manages to discuss a number of the islands passed along the route as well as the nature of the sea life that he encounters. After sailing around Cape Horn, he arrives in Valparaiso, of which he gives a detailed description, and also offers his thoughts on a short sojourn to Santiago. Lambertie arrived in San Francisco in March 1850. He writes at length about life in the city, its attractions, its perceived difficulties, and the attitudes of its American inhabitants towards European immigrants. After witnessing the fire of of May 3, 1850, he decides to venture to the gold fields near Stockton, and then to the diggings at the Mokelumne River. The final two chapter discuss the local Indian populations, before the narrative comes abruptly to an end. An eminently readable chronicle of an adventure in South America and California, in which the author, "Tightly wraps himself in the Romantic mantle, and promises a narrative rich in emotion and personal reaction" - Volkmann. Very scarce, with copies having come up for sale only a handful of times. COWAN, p. 134. HOWES L42. KURUTZ 388. SABIN 38741. VOLKMANN SALE 118 (this copy).
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