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1. ANSTED, David T. The Gold-Seeker’s Manual. By David T. Ansted, M.A. F.R.S. Professor of Geology, King’s College, London, etc. Consulting Mining Engineer. London: [Richard and John E. Taylor, Red Lion Court, Fleet Street, for] John Van Voorst, Paternoster-Row, 1849. [4], 172, [6, ads] pp. 8vo, publisher’s original dark olive green cloth, printed paper labels on upper cover and spine. Binding with light shelf wear and a few minor bumps, labels slightly rubbed and darkened, spine label with minor losses costing a few letters. Except for browning to endpapers, interior very fine.

     Second London edition, expanded with 76 pp. of additional material not in the first edition or the American reprint, both published earlier the same year. Pages 154-172 concern “the prospects of California as a gold-producing country.” Cf. Braislin 45. Cf. Cowan, I p. 6: “Standard authority of the time.” Cowan II, p. 17. Cf. Holliday 20. Howell, California 50:9. Howes A286. Rocq 15677. Sabin 1647. Cf. Wheat, Books of the California Gold Rush 5. Almost half of this practical manual is devoted to California. Chapters include: “The Gold District of California,” “The Geology of California,” “Probable Influence of the Gold in California on the Value of Gold,” and “The Prospects of California as a Gold-Producing Country.”

Kurutz, The California Gold Rush 19:
The English geologist wrote in his introduction: “It is proposed in the present manual to give an account, first, of the chief districts in which gold has hitherto been found, including California, itself; to explain then the way in which the metal usually occurs in nature, and the modes by which it may be certainly distinguished from other substances resembling it; to describe afterwards the modes which have been generally adopted to separate the metal from associated stones and earths, and reduce it to a convenient form for transport.” The concluding chapter described California’s prospects as a gold-producing country and promoted the gold discovery as a grand opportunity for English manufacturers.

     From author’s introduction, p. 2: “I shall not waste the time of the reader by any general remarks not strictly belonging to the subject, but endeavour in every way to render this little work a practical manual that may be useful to the emigrant and instructive to those who may be inclined to join in the speculations that will no doubt be set on foot immediately in this country and America.” Ansted (1814-1880), an educator and prolific writer on geological and engineering topics, was well respected in his field at the time. ($1,000-2,000)

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