Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press, 1962 First edition. Edited by Erwin G. Gudde. Frontis portrait, plates, map, facsimiles. Bibliography, index. Maroon cloth. A fine copy with slightly rubbed dust jacket. This work is the first compilation and correlation of all the known versions of Bigler's diaries. Includes abundant commentary in the form of footnotes and extensive interpolations, as well as introductory and summary chapters. "Chapter VII consists of Bigler's eyewitness account of the beginnings of the Gold Rush the second chapter focuses on Bigler's hunt for gold and its discovery at Mormon island" (Kurutz). This work is considered the only authentic account by an eyewitness of the discovery of gold; Bigler was a member of the crew that built Sutter's sawmill at the American River. [Kurutz: 57].. (Inventory #: 7897)
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