Written by the French Consul at Sacramento
123. SAINT-AMANT, [Pierre Charles Fournier]. Guide pour les Voyageurs. Route de la Californie a travers l'Isthme de Panama. Extrait du Voyage d'Exploration en Californie et en Orégon, Entrepris, en 1851-1852, sur l'Ordre du Gouvernement Français, par M. Saint-Amant.... Paris: [Imprimé par E. Thunot et Ce, 26 rue Racine, près de l'Odéon, for] Librairie de L. Maison, Éditeur des Guides—Richard, Rue Christine, 3, 1853. 108 pp., engraved map: Chemin de Fer de l'Isthme de Panama.Neat line to neat line: 13.5 x 9.5 cm.; 5 3/8 x 4 3/4 inches [inset] Panama. 12mo, original yellow printed wrappers, title on upper wrapper within ornamental border. Upper wrap detached, moderately stained and worn, and with ink release stamp of Harvard College Library and remains of small paper label. Title with contemporary ink stamp of bookseller Hachette Cie. Waterstain throughout text at upper corner. Preserved in dark brown levant morocco and brown cloth clamshell case.
First edition. Howes S19. Kurutz, The California Gold Rush 551. Monaghan 1288. Palau 285060. Sabin 74986. Howes would appear to be in error when he points that this work is a rewriting of the first chapters of the author’s 1854 Voyage (see next entry). The present work is, in fact, a freestanding vade mecum for French travellers going to California via Panama. Saint-Amant (1800-1872) was French consul to Sacramento and worked tirelessly to promote French emigration to the state and to document the activities of French citizens already there. In addition to his other accomplishments, he was wine merchant, explorer, clerk, actor, and world chess champion. ($500-1,000)
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