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Lot 116

Twelve Years in the Mines of California

116. PATTERSON, Lawson B. Twelve Years in the Mines of California; Embracing a General View of the Gold Region, with Practical Observations on Hill, Placer, and Quartz Diggings; and Notes on the Origin of Gold Deposits. Cambridge: Printed by Miles and Dillingham, 1862. 108 pp. 12mo, original blindstamped plum cloth, title in gilt on upper cover. Lightly shelf worn, spine light and with minor voids, nicked at extremities, front fly-leaf and a few other leaves with light water staining.

     First edition. Bradford 4212. Braislin 1446. Byrd 70. Cowan I, p. 173. Cowan II, p. 475-476. Graff 3211. Howell, California 50:689; Howes P-121. Norris 3016. Rocq 15995. Sabin 59140. Streeter Sale 2876: “This is a short, clear and unemotional and in all respects quite a satisfactory account of gold mining in that part of the gold region included within the limits of Patterson’s survey.” Wheat, Books of the California Gold Rush 154: “Observations of permanent import.”

Kurutz, The California Gold Rush 481:

Patterson left Boston for California via New York on February 5, 1849. He took the schooner Col. Fanning to Brazos Santiago, Mexico. From there, the Argonaut crossed Mexico to Mazatlán arriving on April 17, and then shipped to San Francisco via San Diego. In his introduction, Patterson furnished the following from the San Francisco Alta California: “He arrived in this city on the 20th of July, 1849; started for the mines six days later; went to Mormon Island, and after a short stay, to the vicinity of Georgetown, El Dorado County, where he remained twelve years, never abandoning mining in all that time. He is one of the few Forty-niners who have remained faithful to the business of mining.” In addition to Patterson’s own experiences, much of this book is devoted to the discovery of gold, the gold region, its geology, advice to new miners, and the weather in 1853.


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