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Lot 19

19. BRYANT, Edwin. What I Saw in California: Being the Journal of a Tour, by the Emigrant Route and South Pass of the Rocky Mountains, across the Continent of North America, the Great Desert Basin, and through California, in the Years 1846, 1847...By Edwin Bryant, Late Alcalde of St. Francisco. London: [Printed by Schulze and Co., 13, Poland Street, for] Richard Bentley, New Burlington Street, 1849. xii, 412 pp. 8vo, original purple cloth, gilt-lettered spine. Binding slightly faded and rubbed, front pastedown a bit abraded where material was removed, mild uniform age toning, overall very good.

     First English edition, according to the sequence in Kurutz (The California Gold Rush 95c) and Plains & Rockies (146:3). The edition was followed by an abridged English edition the same year. This edition did not contain a map, and it was the first English edition to contain the appendix “Discovery of Gold Mines in California” (pp. 401-412), primarily based on Mason’s. Kurutz, The California Gold Rush 95c. Plains & Rockies 146:3. Cowan and Howes do not record this edition. ($200-400)

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