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Lot 92

92. LAMSON, J[oseph]. Round Cape Horn. Voyage of the Passenger-Ship James W. Paige, from Maine to California in the Year 1852. Bangor: Press of O. F. & W. H. Knowles, 1878. 156 pp., text illustrations. 8vo, original three-quarter black cloth over blue and black marbled boards, printed paper spine label on upper cover. Boards rubbed, a few spots here and there in the text, overall a very good copy with contemporary ownership inscription of S. W. Merrill of Maine.

     First edition. Cowan I, p. 134. Cowan II, p. 341. Howell, California 574. Hill II:965. Howes L48. Littell 613. Matthews, p. 334. Norris 1993. Chapters from the section entitled “California Scenes” are “Scenes in Sacramento,” “Cattle Stealing in Contra Costa,” “Felling Trees in the Redwoods,” “Indians and their Costumes,” “The Yosemite Fall,” “The Domes,” etc.

Kurutz, The California Gold Rush 389:

Lamson left Frankfort, Maine, on April 3, 1852, on the barque James W. Paige. Shipping around Cape Horn, Lamson and his fellow passengers arrived in the San Francisco harbor on September 7. Lamson devoted the vast majority of his book to the 158-day journey. He provided a good description of the abandoned ships in the harbor. The remaining text he called "California Scenes," in which he narrated his adventures in Sacramento and his descriptions of natural wonders, Indians, and rifle shooting. The New Englander made no mention of mining.


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