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Lot 113

Cautionary German Literature on the gold rush—In Original Printed Boards

113. MÜLLER, J. Das Goldland Californien, oder: Bleib’ im Lande und Arbeite Fleissig. Eine kleine Schilderung Californiens und der Gefahren, Welche dem Einwanderer Drohen, nebst der Erzählung von dem Traurigen Schicksale eines Deutschen Auswanderers. Für die Reifere Jugend Bearbeitet von J. Müller. Leitmeritz: Druck und Verlag von C. W. Medau, 1850. 84 pp., title and text within ornamental border, 6 untitled engravings on 3 leaves: (1) German family leaving for America; encountering a coffin maker; (2) well-dressed family traipsing through a jungle wild with snakes and beasts; family attacked in bed by rats; (3) California scene of a house burning; a man watching for ships to return home. 16mo, original yellow printed paper-covered boards, cover title within ornamental border. Slight shelf wear and minor chipping to fragile boards, otherwise an exceptionally fine copy in as-issued condition. Preserved in a dark brown morocco and brown cloth clamshell case.

     First edition. Howes M876. Wheat, Books of the California Gold Rush 92n.

Kurutz, The California Gold Rush 456a:

After a brief overview of America, Müller began California: Land of Gold or Stay at Home and Work Hard with a business-like look at California history, the gold discovery, mining life, equipment, weather conditions, and routes to California. The second portion is the pitiful story of Friedrich Berwick, a master joiner from Germany, and his unfortunate experiences as a gold seeker. Müller writes: “...the following story is told of a German emigrant to America as a warning to other emigrants to America, young readers, and everyone else who has a great longing to suddenly leave their dear fatherland that has always given them and their families everything they needed.”


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