Personal Adventures in Upper and Lower California in 1848-9; with the Author's Experiences At the Mines. Illustrated by Twenty-Three Drawings, Taken on the Spot. Vol. I and II.
by Ryan, William Redmond
London: William Shoberl. Good. 1850. First Edition. Hardcover. Marbled boards with quarter leather binding, and title gilt on spine. Vol I 347pp. Vol II 413pp. Condition of both volumes: spine is lightly worn and top and bottom edges are fraying. All edges and corners are heavily worn. Edges have medium to heavy soiling. Corners are chipped. Previous owner's bookplate and light pencil marginalia on front pastedown. Throughout text block there is light foxing and soiling. All 23 plates (in Volumes I and II) are present and backed in cloth. All have medium to heavy foxing. Frontispieces of San Francisco (Vol I) and the Stanislaus Mine (Vol II). This is the account of William Redmond Ryan, an Englishman who enlisted in an American regiment bound for California. It chronicles his journey to California, military life, the rush to the gold mines, and his personal journey to the Stanislaus Mine. After trying his hand at mining, he journeys to Stockton, Sacramento, Monterey, and San Francisco. Eventually he journeys East via Panama. Howes R-558. Sabin 74532. Graff 3626. ; B&W Illustrations; 12mo 7" - 7½" tall . (Inventory #: 013050)
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