1853 · Tours
by Chavannes de la Giraudière, Hippolyte de
Tours: A. Mame & Cie, 1853. First edition, 12mo, pp. , 188; 8 chromolithograph plates (view of San Francisco Bay, redwoods, panning for gold, the shooting of a bear, etc.); original glazed pictorial chromolithographed boards by Engelmann & Graf, Paris; some soiling, hinges starting, but the binding is reasonably sound; all else very good. [The] "adventures of a French furniture maker, M. Canton, in Gold Rush California. Emulating actual first-person narratives, it follows Canton from Le Havre to New York and then to Chagres and Panama, and his arrival in San Francisco. The novel continues with landing in San Francisco, getting settled, visiting Sutterville or Sacramento and seeing the mines. The author also included a description of the California missions" (Kurutz). Later editions appeared in 1856, 1857, 1859, and 1861. The book was available in at least 2 different styles of cloth bindings, another in chromolithograph boards showing a farm scene, as well as this nautically themed binding, also in chromolithographed boards. Not in Howes or Graff. Sabin 12350; Kurutz 125.
(Inventory #: 60622)