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Lot 128

Only a few copies privately printed for the family

128. SHELDON, Mark. Mark Sheldon An Autobiographical Sketch. San Francisco: The Murdock Press, [ca. 1913]. [2] 120 pp., frontispiece (photographic portrait of author), 2 halftone plates. 8vo, original tan printed wrappers, cover title within plain black border on upper wrap. Minor wear and soiling to fragile wraps, otherwise very fine.

     First edition. Anderson 1604:21: “Very scarce. Only a few copies privately printed for the family. The author arrived in San Francisco in 1851. Contains an account of the early mining days.” Cowan II, p. 581. Howell, California 50:836: “This edition was privately circulated and copies are now quite scarce. It is a hurriedly-written narrative of a long and eventful California pioneer life.”Howes S376. Rocq 12141.

Kurutz, The California Gold Rush 573:

A small portion of this privately-printed work covers the Gold Rush. Mark Sheldon of Watertown, New York, began his trip to meet his brother in the California gold country. On July 7, 1851, he left New York City on board the steamer Empire City on July 12, reached Aspinwall, crossed the Isthmus of Panama, boarded the steamship Panama, and arrived in San Francisco on August 19. From there, he took a steamer to Sacramento and thence to Mokelumne Hill. Sheldon worked various mining claims, making anywhere from $6.00 to $16.00 a day. He then became a secretary and paymaster for a Plumas County quartz mill owned by George W. Schultz. In early 1853, Sheldon moved to San Francisco and entered the marketing business.


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