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Lot 73

Grass Valley Gold Mining Company Charter

73. GRASS VALLEY GOLD MINING COMPANY. Charter of the Grass Valley Gold Mining Company. Organized July 25, 1851, under the General Incorporation Act of California. Together with Extracts from the Law, and Various Documents Illustrating the Business of Quartz Mining. New York: Printing Office, 107 Fulton Street, 1852. 47, [1, “Machinery”], [2, letter, verso blank] pp. 8vo, new burgundy cloth over marbled boards, leather spine label. One light stain to title, old ink numbers on upper right corner of title, otherwise fine.

     Second edition, revised and enlarged, the first charter came out in 1851. Cowan II, p. 246. Norris 499: “Very rare.”

Kurutz, The California Gold Rush 287b:

Jonas Winchester served as president of the company. The charter included a series of letters describing quartz mining in the area and a report on the geological character of the gold region. Several of the letters were first published in San Francisco and New York newspapers. Winchester included Horace Greeley’s letter of support.


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