The Long Ago And The Later On - Or Recollections Of Eighty Years (SIGNED)
by Bromley, George T.
San Francisco: A. M. Robertson, 1904. 1st. First Edition, Edition de Luxe, limited to 150 numbered copies, this one being #70. SIGNED by the author. 8vo. 289 pp. Frontispiece photograph of the author.Title page within ornamental border; chapter initials. Large paper special issue, printed on Japanese vellum paper. Original beige linen over light brown paper boards, gilt lettering to spine label. An uncommon edition of this title, as it appears that almost the entire edition was burned in the great San Francisco fire. "The author came to California in 1851 and lived one of the most eventful lives of any pioneer to record his experiences. Among other things, he wwas the first conductor on California's first railroad." - Howell, California 50:327. "A portion of this Bohemian Club (a San Francisco social club) member's reminiscences takes in his Gold Rush era experiences. The promise of a position in the San Francisco Custom House lured him to California. Bromley left New york in November 1850, reached the Isthmus of Panama, boarded the steamer Tennessee on the Pacific side, and arrived in San Francisco on January 8, 1851. Bromley called his new city the liveliest place on earth. In this rambling account, he painted a vivid picture of the descrution of the Custom House during the May 1851 fire, the celebration of Christmas that year, an interesting visit by an Australian to the gold fields, and the arrival in 1852 of the crew of a Japanese junk rescued by the revenue cutter Polk. Sometime in the 1850s the author also worked in the mindes near Folsom and Sonora. The remainder of this chatty volume records Bromley's business ventures; history of the Pony Express and railroad; activities with the Bohemian Club, and observations concerning his world travels." - Kurutz, The California Gold Rush 78. (Cowan II, p. 73; Decker 390; Graff 408). (Inventory #: 17341)
Western Americana, Californiana, Americana, Travel & Exploration, General Antiquarian
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