San Francisco: State of California Department of Natural Resources, Division of Mines. Very Good. 1953. First Edition; Second Printing. Paperback. This side-stapled trade paperback has gray and white soft wraps with black line art and title on the front cover. Toned around the edges, there is a faint soil marking near the title on the front cover and a small fold on the bottom left corner of the back cover. The spine is faded by the sun and shows some wear on the top of the spine where there's a one-inch tear, exposing the text block signatures. Inside, the pages are lightly toned, and the spine hinges show minor wear and binding glue. Many pages have pen markings in the margins and one page is folded as a place holder for the former owner, author Wallace Stegner. Consigned from his personal library, Stegner has signed his name on the title page, and very likely used this book as research for his Pulitzer Prize winning novel, Angle of Repose. The Elephant As They Saw It is a comprehensive study of gold mining in California from 1500-1860, illustrated with drawings and daguerreotypes. There is also a metallic sticker on the title page and a brochure called, "Gold Rush Days in Nevada City," laid-in. ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 128 pp; Signed by Notable Personage, Unrelated . (Inventory #: 012860)
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