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Lot 80

80. HITTELL, John S[hirtzer]. Marshall’s Gold Discovery. A Lecture (The Fourth of Sixth Annual Course of Lick Lectures) by John S. Hittell Delivered before the Society of California Pioneers in Pioneer Hall, San Francisco, on the 24th of January, 1893, the Forty-Fifth Anniversary of the Discovery. San Francisco: B. F. Sterett, Book and Job Printer, 532 Clay, Street, 1893. 20 pp., title with seal of the Society of California Pioneers, text illustrations (including facsimile plate of diary entries). 8vo, original yellow printed wrappers, original staples (partially detached). Other than light marginal browning, very good. Rare pamphlet. Contemporary ink ownership inscription of F. Vassault, apparently of the pioneering San Francisco family of that surname.

     First edition. Cowan I, p. 111: “The date of the discovery of gold by Marshall had long been in controversy. In this address it has been definitely and finally established.” Cowan II, p. 283. Howell, California 50:517. Norris 1693. Wheat, Books of the Gold Rush 99n.

     In reality Hittell had announced in the Century Illustrated Magazine for February 1891 his conclusion that gold was discovered on January 24, 1848, (see item 31 herein), even reproducing the page from Bigler’s diary that is used here. ($150-300)


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