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Lot 110

Superb Copy in Original Pictorial Wrappers, Unopened

110. MEYER, Carl. Nach dem Sacramento. Reisebilder eines Heimgekehrten von Carl Meyer. Aarau: Druck und Verlag von H. R. Sauerländer, 1855. [4], 364, [1, errata (verso blank)] pp. 8vo, original pink pictorial wrappers with illustrations on upper and lower wraps (with date 1856, lithographed by G. Wolf), unopened. Light wear to lower blank edge of wraps, small chips at spinal extremities, and widely scattered light foxing. An exceptionally fine copy—it would be difficult to find a better one. Laid in terracotta cloth clamshell case with black leather spine label.

     First edition. Byrd 39. Cowan I, p. 154. Cowan II, p. 428. Holliday 777. Howell, California 50:634A. Howes M572; Plath 741. Rocq 15960. Wheat, Books of the California Gold Rush 140.

Kurutz, The California Gold Rush 439a:

Born in Germany, Meyer left for New Orleans in February 1849 bound for the Isthmus of Panama. On the Pacific side, he boarded the three-masted ship, Sarah Elisha, and after a difficult voyage, arrived in Monterey in the spring. Henry Wagner speculates that some inconsistencies and errors indicate that Meyer wrote this book based on his memory rather than a journal. Nonetheless, Meyer must be credited with providing some of the strongest “word pictures” of the Gold Rush. His summaries of the last vestiges of Mexican California are all choice. His descriptions encompass a Mexican caravan on its way to the Mariposa diggings, geology of the region, gold mining camps, San Francisco, Indians (the “Allequas” tribe in particular), river steamers, and bull and bear fights in Sacramento. “Having witnessed the birth and social forming of the gold country,” Meyer left for home via Nicaragua in 1852. The lithographic pictorial wrappers depict scenes of Sutter’s Fort, Sutter’s Mill, miners, Indians, Californios, Chagres, Panama, and Havana.


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