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AUCTION 16

“THE WORLD RUSHED IN”
THE CALIFORNIA GOLD RUSH

Lot 96

96. LÉVY, Daniel. Les Français en Californie par Daniel Lévy. Cet ouvrage se vend au profit de la Bibliothèque de la Ligue Nationale Française de San Francisco. San Francisco: Grégoire, Tauzy et Cie, Libraires Éditeurs, 6, Rue Post, 1884. ix [1, blank], 373 [1, blank] pp. 4to, original ecru printed wrappers (dated 1885). Lower wrap detached and light wear to wraps, but generally very fine, untrimmed. The Henry C. Clifford copy. Very scarce, either in wraps or cloth.

     First edition, wrappers issue, sometimes cited as second edition, but more likely the wrapper was discarded when the book was bound, perhaps creating the ghost of a first and second edition. Cowan I, p. 140. Cowan II, p. 391: “The author was one of the most learned members of the French colony in San Francisco, and this work is of permanent value.” Cowan & Dunlap, Chinese Question 202. Howell, California 50:605: “Levy provides a concise history of California in the first part and then proceeds to trace the activities of the French immigrants.” Howes L304 (“aa”). Norris 2073: “A scarce and important work embracing a detailed history of the California filibustering expedition of Count Raousset-Boulbon against Sonora; the Limantour Affair; Vigilance Committee; French participation in the early Affairs of California and Oregon.”Rocq 16989.Wheat, Books of the California Gold Rush 126: “Of basic import.” Stern, California Jewish History 171: “The many references to Jews in this book, show that there were large numbers of French Jews in California in the early days, and that they were very prominent in civic, social, and economic life.” ($500-800)

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