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AUCTION 16

“THE WORLD RUSHED IN”
THE CALIFORNIA GOLD RUSH

Lot 60

Allons, Enfants de la Patrie

60. FERRY, Hypolite. Description de la Nouvelle Californie geographique, politique et morale contentant l’historique de la découverte de cette contrée. Un précis des événements politiques qui s’y sont accomplis. Des renseignements détaillés sur sa topograhpie, son climat, ses productions minérales, végétales, et animales. Des notions sur la minérologie, la métallurgie, et la géologie. Le caractère, les meours, usages, coutumes de ses habitants. La description de ses baies, ports, villes, missions, villages. Des instructions nautiques sur ses baies et ses ports. Le tarif des duoanes en Californie. Des renseignements généraux concernant les routes qui conduisent en Californie, les lieux de passage, description de Chagres, Panama, du Cap Horn, et de la Terre-de-Feu, etc., etc. Par Hypolite Ferry, Membre de la Société de Géographie de Paris. Avec une Grande Carte de la Nouvelle Californie. Des Cartes Particulières des Baies de Monterey et de San-Francisco. De L’Isthme de Panama. Du Cap Horn et du Détroit de Magellan. Et Plusieurs Vues Intéressantes de la Californie. Paris: [Paris. C Imprimerie Lacour et Cie, rue Soufflot, 11, et rue StC Hyacinthe-St-Michel, 33, for] L. Maison, Éditeur des Guides Richard, r. Christine, 3. Et Chez les principaux libraires de la France et de l’étranger, 1850. [4] 386 pp., 4 engraved plates, 3 woodcut maps, folding lithograph map with original outline color. 12mo, new tan French calf over contemporary tan red, and brown marbled boards, spine stamped in gilt and brown, black gilt-lettered leather label, edges sprinkled, new sympathetic endpapers. Except for scattered light foxing and moderate offsetting from plates, very good to fine, the large map excellent.

Maps

Deuxieme Edition.Carte de la Nouvele Californie Dressée D’Après les Travaux Géographiques de Mr Duflot de Mofras et du Colonel Fremont. Par Hypolite Ferry. Paris 1850. [below border] Gravé par F. Delamare R de la Harpe. 26. A Paris, chez J. Andriveau Goujon, Rue du Bac No. 17. Folding lithograph map on thick paper with original outline coloring to boundaries, Gold Fields outlined with gold wash. Neat line to neat line: 39 x 50 cm; 15-3/8 x 19-3/4 inches. A few small, clean splits at folds (no losses), two tiny tears at juncture with book block (just touching neat line, but no losses), otherwise very fine, professionally strengthened on verso.

Carte Particulière des Baies de Monterey et de San Francisco Dressée D’Après Les Travaux Hydrographiques les Plus Récents H.F. Woodcut map, uncolored. Neat line to neat line: 14.1 x 8.5 cm; 5-1/2 x 3-3/8 inches. Engraved by Alexis Orgiazzi.

Carte Topographique d’une Partie de l’Isthme de Panama Comprenant le Bassin de la Rivière de Chagres et la Route de Chagres à Panama H. F. Woodcut map, uncolored. Neat line to neat line: 14.1 x 8.5 cm; 5-1/2 x 3-3/8 inches. Engraved by Alexis Orgiazzi.

Carte d’une Partie de L’Amérique Méridionale Comprenant le Cap Horn et le Détroit de Magellan Dressée D’après les Travaux des Capitaines King et Fitzroy. H.F. Woodcut map, uncolored. Neat line to neat line: 14.3 x 8.5 cm; 5-5/8 x 3-3/8 inches. Engraved by Alexis Orgiazzi.

Plates

Engravings by Outhwaite:

Le Lac Pyramide D’après le Dessin du Colonel Fremont.

Le Fort Sutter.

Une Forêt de Pins en Californie.

Vue de San-Francisco en 1850.

     Second edition (Cowan notes that two editions came out in 1851 and they are identical in content; in the present copy printed above the top neat line of map is “Deuxieme Edition”; most bibliographies do not set out this difference). Bradford 1655. Cowan I, p. 84. Cowan II, p. 207. Holliday 368. Howell, California 50:81: “Among the plates are views of Sutter’s Fort, San Francisco in 1850, and the big trees of California. The latter view is probably the first of its kind to be published.” Howes F101. Monaghan 689. Pilling 1282: “Short comparative vocabulary of American Indian and Asiatic Words, p. 203; Specimens of the Rumsen language, pp. 215-216; Lord’s Prayer in language of the Indians of the valley of Tulares, p. 217.” Sabin 24198. Vail, Gold Fever, p. 19. Wheat, Books of the California Gold Rush 75n. Wheat, Mapping the Transmississippi West 673, III, p. 139: “All in all, Ferry’s map was about as up-to-date as it could have been in early 1850.... In general this map is good.” Wheat, Maps of the California Gold Region 155 & 156. Not in Currey & Kruska.

     Written for emigrants, sailors, voyagers, and armchair travelers, this book is based on numerous official accounts and other fairly reliable sources of information. Given the rapidity with which this substantial work was published after the discovery of gold, it is a monument to editorial and authorial efficiency. Although the gold diggings and mining methods are given their due, the majority of the work seems intended for those who perhaps have plans other than mining gold. Such scope is in keeping with the author’s purpose of also encouraging and guiding the emigration plans of those who do not seek to get rich by digging for ore.

Kurutz, The California Gold Rush 236a:

Cowan writes that this is “The most complete and extensive work descriptive of California published in France at this time.” Like similar works, Ferry based his text on many sources and quoted extensively from Jacques Antoine Moerenhout. Ferry included chapters on New Helvetia, the gold region, and methods of mining. In the New York Public Library’s copy, the words Deuxième édition appear on upper margin of the folding map.

($2,500-5,000)

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