Kreuznach: R. Voigtlander, 1849. 32pp. Printed blue wrappers (rear wrapper original, front wrapper in facsimile). Small corner repairs to rear wrapper. Some foxing, two ink stamps on titlepage, else very good. In a half morocco slipcase and cloth chemise. The first edition of an exceedingly rare Gold Rush pamphlet, printed in the hallowed year of that epochal event. "Like many guidebooks for Europeans, this pamphlet gives general information on California's physical features, history, and 'Notes for Emigrants' on the gold discovery. The portion on California's gold riches consists primarily of an article reprinted from the KOELNER ZEITUNG of January 14, 1849, which in turn summarizes R.B. Mason and others. The guide mentions the many German settlers in the Sacramento Valley and speaks proudly of Captain Sutter" - Kurutz. Only four institutions worldwide report a copy of this book: the California State Library, the University of California at Berkeley, Yale, and the State Library in Berlin. It is even more difficult to encounter at auction, this copy being the only one on record to pass through the rooms. COWAN II, p.102. HOWES C43, "aa." KURUTZ 112. SABIN 9984.
(Inventory #: WRCAM52151)
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