[CALIFORNIA]. LYNCH, James. With Stevenson to California 1846 [half title]. [N.p., n.d., ca. 1896]. [1-5] 6-65 [1, blank] pp. 12mo (19.7 x 14 cm), original green cloth, title gilt on upper cover. Very slight rubbing to spine extremities. A few bolts roughly opened, otherwise very fine.
First edition (limited to 100 copies). The preface is dated July, 1896. Cowan I, p. 145; II, p. 401. Garrett & Goodwin, p. 233. Graff 2564. Hill 1050. Howell 50:614. Howes L583. Rocq 16997.
“Lynch joined Colonel Stevenson’s regiment in New York and sailed for California on September 26, 1846. His narrative is a first-hand account of the conquest and establishment of American control in California” (Howell). He describes in detail his sea voyage from New York to California. After the conquest, he settled in San Francisco, which he found had been overrun by “the scum of all creation” (p. 63). Afterwards, he established a ranch miles away and lived happily ever after.
Sold. Hammer: $350.00; Price Realized: $428.75.