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Lot 82

82. HOLLINGSWORTH, John McHenry. The Journal of Lieutenant John McHenry Hollingsworth of the First New York Volunteers [Stevenson’s Regiment] September 1846 - August 1849 being a Recital of the Voyage of the Susan Drew to California; The Arrival of the Regiment in 1847; Its Military Movements and Adventures during 1847-1848-1849; Incidents of Daily Life, and Adventures of the Author in the Gold Mines. San Francisco: California Historical Society, 1923. x, 61 [1, blank] pp., color frontispiece. 8vo, publisher’s original grey paper over grey boards, lettering on spine in blue. Boards slightly foxed, otherwise very fine.

     First edition in book form, limited to 300 copies, this copy from the “DeLuxe edition” (in boards, on large, thick paper, and limited to 50 copies). Reprinted from the California Historical Society Quarterly, Vol. I, no. 3, January 1923, pp. 207-270. Cowan II, p. 290. Garrett, The Mexican-American War, p. 175. Howell, California 50:525. Howes H597. Wheat, Books of the California Gold Rush 103.

Kurutz, The California Gold Rush 339:

Page 49 of this important journal begins with a section entitled “Experiences as a Gold Finder,” which mainly covers the efforts of Lieutenant John Hollingsworth and Colonel Jonathan D. Stevenson and their party to reach the mines. Hollingsworth recorded: “On arriving at the Mokelamy [sic] river, I there saw for the first time little particles of gold, washed from the earth.” Winter, however, interrupted them, and the narrator tells of the miserable time they experienced before returning to Monterey. “In those few days I suffered, I think, everything.”

      The verso of the title page reads: “Reprinted from the California Historical Society Quarterly, Vol. I, No. 3, January 1923, pp. 207-270. Here for the first time issued in book form. Three hundred copies have been printed, of which fifty are issued on large paper and specially bound.” The original manuscript is in the Library of the California Historical Society. Henry R. Wagner and Robert Cowan contributed the introduction.


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