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AUCTION 16

“THE WORLD RUSHED IN”
THE CALIFORNIA GOLD RUSH

Lot 138

138. TAYLOR, Clotilde G. (editor). Dear Family: The Story of the Lives of Charles and Clotilde Grunsky 1823-1891 As Revealed in Diaries and in Their Letters to Their Respective Families...Translated by Carl Ewald Grunsky and Clotilde Grunsky Taylor. [Berkeley, 1955]. Reproduced from a typewritten copy. v, 141 pp., 9 leaves of photographic plates. 4to, unbound. A few leaves punched for looseleaf binding. Very light wear (especially to first and last leaves), generally fine. Very rare, although copies are in the University of California at Berkeley and California Historical Society.

     First edition (apparently a very limited distribution). Rocq 13073. Extracts of some of these letters appeared in the Society of California Pioneers Quarterly (1933). Originally written in German, these letters tell the story of Charles and Clotilde Grunsky, who emigrated from Germany to California during the Gold Rush, settling in Stockton, where they lived the rest of their lives. Taylor, in her introduction, provides a brief summary of their lives and characters. The illustrations are generally taken from nineteenth-century photographs of family members, all of whom are identified. ($200-400)

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