A Stroll Through the Diggings of California, 1st American Ed., 1/750, Near Fine

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A Stroll Through the Diggings of California
Author:
William Kelly, Charles Nahl (Paintings), and Joseph A. Sullivan (Foreword)
Publisher:
Biobooks
Release Date:
1950
Seller Category:
CALIFORNIANA
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1
Condition:
Used: Excellent
Sku: 00849
Notes: Near Fine, First American Edition, Limited Edition, one of 750 copies, 8vo, 10 1/2" x 7." Gilt paper-covered boards backed with dark green cloth. Gilt lettering on spine. Covers have slight wear to edges and tips, minuscule rubbing, and a tiny surface chip on front, else clean and intact, binding tight. Pages have slight age toning, light offsetting on endpapers, and a former owner's inscription in blue ink on front free endpaper, else clean and intact. Includes plates and decorations not in original edition. Two tipped-in color plates, which show paintings by Charles Nahl. Many green and yellow decorations in the form of illustrated capitals. 206 pp., including plates and decorations. Autobiographical account of William Kelly, a gold miner and early resident of California. Kelly recounts the California Gold Rush, local haunts, and his personal experiences in expressive detail. Some of the topics and places he describes are gold-washing, Mormon Island Diggings, Sacramento, the Feather River, Trinity Mountains, and Rancho of Don Antonio Sanchez. Excerpt from Foreword: "William Kelly stands out as a high spot, starred by Wheat, who says, 'lively, entertaining and worth while.' It can be considered as the best account of early days written by a working miner." Foreword by Joseph A. Sullivan. No. 25 of the Biobook series ("Number Twenty-five" on copyright page). Back colophon: "First California Edition: 750 copies; Typography by Mark Robertson; Printed by the Gillick Press, Berkeley, California; Bound by the Commercial Bookbindery, Berkeley, California." Heavy and oversized items may require additional shipping.

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