Los Angeles: The Ward Ritchie Press, 1959. Hardcover. Near fine. Edited and with an Introduction by John W. Caughey. Los Angeles: The Ward Ritchie Press, 1959. First edition thus. Buffum, an officer in the New York volunteers, observed the Gold Rush from its beginnings and recounts every facet of life including the tremendous non-mining potential of California and the formation of government. Bancroft calls his books, "One of the most important contributions to the history of California." Presentation copy, inscribed by the editor to distinguished Southern California historian Doyce B. Nunis, Jr. on the front flyleaf. Octavo. Original decorative paper-covered boards over a black cloth spine with gilt titles. Near fine. Kurutz 97d. (Inventory #: 64762)
Literature, Poetry, California and the West, Travel and Exploration, Archives and Ephemera, Heavy Metal
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