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AUCTION 16

“THE WORLD RUSHED IN”
THE CALIFORNIA GOLD RUSH

Lot 26

Unrecorded Prague Promotional

26. [CALIFORNIA]. Gemeinnütziger Anzeiger der Wage. Nro. 1. Neuste Nachrichten über Californien und dessen Goldreichthum.... [caption title]. [Imprint on p. 8]: Prague: Moritz Ernst, [1849]. 8 pp. 8vo. Other than light soiling, a fine copy, unopened and untrimmed. Preserved in a navy blue morocco and navy blue cloth slipcase, chemise. Rare California ephemera.

     First edition of an early Prague publication on the California Gold Rush. Not in standard sources, OCLC, or RLIN. This is apparently an extra to the periodical publication Die Wage. The text is divided into three sections. In the first California is praised and described, including its many advantages to the emigrant. The second section is the famous report dated at Monterey August 17, 1848, from Colonel R. B. Mason to the War Department telling of the discovery of gold in California. Finally, the third section is information about a shipping line established by Heydorn & Company in Bremen to transport German emigrants and speculators to California. A fine, rare promotional piece seeking to entice Germans to emigrate. Prague, capital of Bohemia and at the time embroiled in the European Revolution of 1848, is now capital of the Czech Republic. ($7,500-15,000)

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