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Lot 25

Californien und Seine Goldminen—Kreuznach, 1849

25. [CALIFORNIA]. Californien und Seine Goldminen. Mittheilungen aus der Geographie und Geschichte Dieses Landes und über Seine Goldschätze. Für Zeitungsleser, Freunde der Länder—und Völker—Kunde und Auswanderungslustige. Nach den Neuesten und Besten Quellen Bearbeitet. Kreuznach: Verlag von R. Voigtländer 1849. 32 pp. 8vo, original lower blue printed wrapper (upper wrap supplied in facsimile). Lower wrapper with small losses along edges (slight loss of border). Scattered moderate foxing and old rubber ink stamp of bookseller and number on title, otherwise good. Half brown levant morocco and brown cloth slipcase and matching chemise.

     First edition. Cowan II, p. 102. Howes C-43; Sabin 9984.

Kurutz, The California Gold Rush 112:

Like many guidebooks for Europeans, this pamphlet gives general information on California’s physical features, history, and “Notes for Emigrants” on the gold discovery. The portion on California’s gold riches consists primarily of an article reprinted from the Koelner Zeitung of January 14, 1849, which in turn summarizes R. B. Mason and others. The guide mentions the many German settlers in the Sacramento Valley and speaks proudly of Captain Sutter.


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